Washi Tape, Home Decor

September 03, 2015

As a kid, the start of a new school year meant only one thing: new stationary. 

I'd get to go and pick a new pencilcase, folders, pens and if I was good, a flexiruler too (the holy grail of all rulers, duh). Then, on the first day back, I'd eye up everyone else's purchases and come to the conclusion that, luckily, they weren't as cool as mine.

Anyway, I've grown up a little bit since then (honest...) and September doesn't mean new stationary anymore; but it does mean a new house. And, when it comes to buying new things, I feel almost exactly the same feeling of excitement. 

Fairy lights! Bunting! Polaroid photos! Oh my God, aren't the opportunities endless?

I've been on Pinterest religiously figuring out exactly what style I want to go for, and thought I had it figured out - and then I flicked through the new ASOS magazine and found something that totally changed the game. 


Apparently I'm a little late to the party on this one, because Pinterest is littered with cool things to do with Washi tape. 

It's basically a tape that comes in loads of different colours and patterns, you stick it everywhere, and it peels off without leaving any residue. 

I'm a huge fan of a gallery wall anyway - last year I bought some Blair Waldorf prints from Etsy and some £6 frames from the Range and hung them up and they looked pretty cool. 

I also love them just propped up against the wall, but obviously you need a big frame for that. The problem with moving abroad is that I'm slightly limited as to what home decor items I can bring. And I just can't cut down the number of cushions - so other things have to be sacrificed. 

But then I found the ingenious idea of sticking them up, using Washi tape like a frame. Same effect, less luggage. So ideal. 

There are millions of great designs on Etsy, for about £4 for an instant download. However, here are a couple of free ones if you don't fancy splashing out...

In the ASOS magazine, they used the tape to create a headboard and it looked preeeetty cool.

And then I found all this great wall art and murals you can do with it too.

I'm in love with geometric patterns at the moment.

 ...And fairy lights are the perfect addition to anything. I love this skyline idea.

Or some origami figures if you want to get really creative. 

Now, I haven't tried it yet, and I have a sneaky suspicion it may be a little harder to get the lines straight and wrinkle-free than the perfect people of Pinterest make it out to be. 

But we'll see. My room next year has plenty of white walls to try it out on, so I'm looking forward to giving it a go!

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