Living in an apartment definitely has its perks. If the sink breaks, just call maintenance. It's easy to clean the small space. And you never have to mow a lawn! But it's not always ideal. My biggest issue is decorating. Our current apartment is just SO white. White walls, white ceilings, blahhhh. So it definitely needs something to cheer it up a bit, but painting's not really an option. My current solution? Washi tape.
If you haven't heard of washi tape before, it's a type of paper tape that originated in Japan. Washi tape is awesome because it comes in fun colors and designs, it's pretty strong, and it doesn't leave marks so it's perfect for people who can't put anything permanent on their walls. And I love it because it's a budget-friendly way for me to get some color in my apartment, especially on the cinderblock walls that I can't nail anything to.
One of my favorite ways to use the washi tape is around picture frames. There are lots of fun ways that you can arrange it, especially if you use multiple colors of tape. It's an easy way to add a bit more interest to a simple frame.
It's also fun to use washi tape around other objects, like mirrors. Here I used a bit of orange and yellow tape in different lengths around a mirror to make it look like a sun.
I also like to use washi tape to accent boring looking closet doors. I think it would be really awesome to completely cover a door in colorful stripes, but that would use a lot of tape, so a bit here and there will have to do for now. My favorite way to use washi tape on doors is to add color to the skinny inside edge of the door. Most people just ignore that piece of the door, but it's a perfect way to sneak in an unexpected pop of color.
While it takes a bit longer and is more complex than adding simple lines to things, using washi tape to create wall art is one of the coolest things you can do with it. The tape is extremely versatile and with a bit of creativity you can make just about anything you want to.
I'm certainly not any sort of interior decorator, but I love trying to come up with new ways to use my washi tape beyond just scrapbooking (and no, no one is paying me for this, I just really love it). It makes my walls so much happier, even if it's not perfect. Hopefully this gives you some new ideas if you have limited decorating options like I do. Just because you're renting doesn't mean you can't make your space look the way you want it to.
How have you used your washi tape? Or what ideas do you have for decorating with it? You can reach me in the comments section below or on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or by email. Happy decorating!
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