When we were building our home, I decorated almost every inch of my house… in my brain. Knowing that my office was the first room that you would see when you walked into the house, made me feel a sense of pressure to create a bold feature wall. When I found a striped wallpaper, I knew it was just what I wanted. The problem is that it was going to cost $500 to do just one wall! After debating about how I could execute a similar look, I finally came up with the perfect solution. With $50 of thick electrical tape, I had the wall of my dreams!
Faux Striped Wallpaper Supplies
To create this striped wall, you need:
Electrical tape 2 inches wide (I used 5 rolls for my wall)
Measuring stick with level (I found having a longer one was the best option)
DIY Striped Wall Video
Watch this video for a condensed look at how I was able to create this striped feature wall.
How to Make a Striped Wall with Electrical Tape
To begin, I started in the left corner of the wall. I created the stripes and then with each section, I would create stripes off of the previous section I had worked on.
I would typically use the level for the first stripe in each section, then would just eyeball the rest of the stripes in that section. Use the level on the last stripe as well, to be sure that any new section coming off of that section would be straight.
Helpful tips to creating a striped wall
Something really important to remember is that electrical tape stretches! That means that it can also shrink back up. So, when you pull out the electrical tape to the size you want, let it relax a bit before putting it on the wall. This will prevent later heartache from having the tape shrink up. I did this project almost 2 years ago and none of my stripes have noticeably shrunk, so I would call this a major win!
Creating this faux striped wallpaper took me about 5 days, working a few hours each day. While it took longer than it would have taken to hang wallpaper, it was worth the time I spent to save as much money as I did!
Creating a Space You Love
As the room started to come together more and more, I fell in love with it more and more. I spend a lot of time in my office and I can honestly say that I still haven’t grown tired of it in nearly 2 years!
As I finished putting the room together with my shelves of random treasures I have collected, I immediately felt at home in my space. While having a bold striped wall with Funko Pops and concert photos isn’t for everyone, it is most definitely who I am. I love my space!
I have been feeling the itch to try a similar project with colored electrical tape next! Where should I put it?