15 Minute Accent Wall (with electrical tape!)

 

DIY accent wall with electrical tape by TwoPlusCute

 

This was THE easiest DIY, ever. And the fastest. And renter friendly. And super ultra cheap. Did I mention easy?

I told you how I painted the final living room – our accent wallhere. Well, even though I went a tone or two darker than the rest of the walls, it was simply, plain. Too plain.

Ain’t plain anymore and the best part is, I can change it anytime I want.

And it looks pretty good.

I don’t remember what inspired me but I really wanted something more than just art for that wall. And it had to be something I could easily switch and change. So, I sent hubs to get me some white electrical tape and 15 minutes later, we had a bold, graphic, geometric accent wall.

I did do a doubletake. Hubby was overwhelmed by my first design (it was dense and had arrows) and when I saw the look on his face, I pulled out the first style and made a simpler one. Easy, peasy and it only took 2 rolls of tape for the final result.

Total cost under $8 but the fact I didn’t have to waste hours/days over this project, is priceless.

 

15 minute DIY make an accent wall with electrical tape by TwoPlusCute

 

 

Hubby is still un-fascinated albeit less overwhelmed- and it really is a matter of taste in these things – but I LOVE it and it stays!

(Sorry hun, when it came to genders you picked the short stick. Or is it the long stick? Would make more sense… In any case you picked the wrong stick, the one that has minimal say when it comes to decorating!)

The wall is finally an accent wall, that attracts the eye. The slopped stripes add interest and because they have an almost vertical direction, they create the illusion our 8 ft wall is much taller.

 

15 minute accent wall using only electrical tape by TwoPlusCute
Giving new meaning to minimal decor. Not really! I am just testing console height against our geometric accent wall.

 

I freehanded the wall. Didn’t measure a thing because I wanted it to look just an idea handmade. You can see the gaps being a little different at the bottom – that’s where I paid the least attention because they will – eventually – be hidden behind a furniture.

Even so, electrical tape is so forgiving, it is amazing. Speaking from experience (made horizontal stripes in our bedroom), using electrical tape was so_much_easier than painter’s tape.

 

How to Apply the Electrical Tape

 

Using electrical tape has its own tricks. It really does, unless you want it to come unstuck and crumbling or – worse – to peel your paint off the walls.

 

Tip no 1: Electrical tape is stretchy.

 

bold geometric accent wall using electrical tape by TwoPlusCute

 

And like we know*, about elastics, they have this fundamental property called…elasticity. Elasticity is the tendency of a solid material to return to its previous length/size/shape (omg, I finally got to incorporate some science!).

Very scientifically put: what stretches, un-stretches (and makes a mess of very nice projects).

When you unroll the tape, stick the one end where you want it and hold loosely the rest of the unrolled tape for a few seconds, so it relaxes naturally. Then proceed to stick it to your surface. You really want to do that so the tape stays there even when the weather gets colder (which will make the tape contract more).

 

Tip no 3: Give some leeway

When you are placing the tape, add an extra inch on either side, to compensate for any stretching or wrong measurement. Once you are completely done with your wall project and you did tip no 3, use an x-acto knife and carefully (so you do not cut through the drywall or plaster) cut the excess off.

 

Tip no 3: Friction is your enemy.

 

How to apply electrical tape, tip no 2 secure by running a wet sponge over it. by TwoPlusCute

 

…unless you really need to stop rolling downhill. When it comes to securing the tape on the wall though, do not use your hands to flatten the tape against the wall. Thanks to friction, they will stretch the tape and make a mess. Instead, use a wet cloth or sponge and run the length of the tape and it will create a perfectly flat fit.

-> With electrical tape you want pressure; not friction.

 

Tip no 4: Paint finish matters

 

On my satin grey wall, the electrical tape came out and was re-applied several times. I tested only through the course of a week only – but it seems a safe bet the tape will continue to perform the same way.

Where the tape was stuck on the ceiling, on flat white paint, it pulled the paint the next day. Something to keep in mind if you are a renter.

 

Tip no 5: Keep the box

 

Clever organization, keep the boxes from electrical tapes and store ribbon rolls by TwoPlusCute

 

 

The box that came with the tape, makes for a perfect container to store ribbon rolls or other short things!

 

That is all well and nice but, you may ask: “does it look cheap and fake up close?“. Our stripes look like perfectly painted lines, only glossier than the satin wall. They even have the exact same texture thanks to tip no 3.

 

Make an accent wall in 15 minutes, using only electrical tape. Tips, tricks & ideas for easy DIY walls, renter friendly decor, ideal for bold geometric interior design, post by TwoPlusCute

 

The really cool thing about using electrical tape for decorating a wall, is that you can make so many designs. Off the top of my head: horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, polygons, 2-tone triangles (that just might be the next wall project). You can go monochrome, black & white or, grab some colored ones and create a fantastic multicolored striped wall (that may also be the next-next wall project).

For now, I can go order myself a few pretty-pretty pillows for our sofa so I can sit pretty, across our modern and bold accent wall and bask at its glory and giggle at the fact that it only took 15 minutes.

But, guys…*sigh*…I am busting my head to figure out, how to represent the scale of the wall right. That wall is 9-10 feet wide and it looks like it’s a tiny partition in my photos. :/

Any ideas on how to make wide objects actually appear wide?

 

* I really hated it when my teachers said that. It was usually always before a subject that I did NOT know.

 

ps. See the ART print? Get the free printable here. 🙂

 

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34 thoughts on “15 Minute Accent Wall (with electrical tape!)

  • June 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    This is such a cool idea! So smart! I love the modern look of it.

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  • May 24, 2016 at 8:02 am
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    I think it came out beautifully, and I bet everyone who walks by comments on how great it looks. As a professional organizer, I love that the tape container works so well for storing ribbon. Ribbon storage is a “thing” … 🙂 Visiting from #BragAboutIt

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    • May 21, 2016 at 3:04 pm
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      Glad you liked it. It does look pretty impressive up close. 🙂

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  • May 19, 2016 at 6:35 pm
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    It’s always nice to have someone else make all the mistakes first, and then give you their tips. I have some beige vinyl window frames that I want to try this technique on. Your wall looks great.

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    • May 21, 2016 at 3:03 pm
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      That is a great idea. I am certain the tape will stick perfectly.
      Thank you for your comment. 🙂

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      • June 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm
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        To let you know how covering the window frames with tape turned out…The tape went on fine–thanks to your tips–but in the end, I thought that the window looked like a pig half BURIED in lipstick, because of the beyond-the-glass parts of the window that I couldn’t tape. So I ended up pulling off the tape, and trying to just ignore the beige.

        I think if I just used the tape to make a pattern of stripes, that might work. Uh oh, I’m getting ideas again.

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        • June 9, 2016 at 1:23 am
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          Hahah “pig in lipstick”. 😀 😀
          Thank you for letting me know how it went! It certainly seems electrical tape is not a great looking solution for covering windows.

          I wish I could come up with an idea but the ‘beyond the glass’ parts will always show, even if you were to paint the window (and let’s not go into how hard it would be to paint the vinyl). :/

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  • May 17, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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    Awesome!!! Great impact with little effort. And it looks REALLY good!

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  • May 17, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    Your wall looks awesome! It absolutely makes the wall seem taller and I love that the vertical lines are slightly slopped – it adds so much interest. Great job!

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  • May 17, 2016 at 1:13 pm
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    I love your new accent wall! What a great idea for a quick and easy update! I’m stumped on what to do for an accent wall in our master bedroom, and this might be just the solution I was looking for.

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    • May 21, 2016 at 2:57 pm
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      So glad you liked it (and if you do try it in your bedroom, I wanna see it!). 🙂

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  • May 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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    This is such an awesome idea and love the look! Visiting from Cupcakes and Crinoline – pinned! Hope you have a happy week!

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    • May 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm
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      Thank you for the comment and the pin! Glad you liked it. 🙂

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    • May 21, 2016 at 2:42 pm
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      Next will be the tutorial on our sliding-floating shelves. And all the things that went wrong with them – including braking the drywall, lol. 🙂

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  • May 16, 2016 at 1:48 pm
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    Genius. Great idea to slope the stripes–way more interesting. Here from BNOTP.

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  • May 16, 2016 at 11:13 am
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    This accent wall is beautiful!!! I’m fan of accent walls but sometimes do not want anything too flashy since my decor is so bright at times. This idea is great to pack a punch and add a wow factor in a room,yet still subtle around your other decor.

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