Your Secret Painting Weapon: Painter’s Tape


Painting your rental room allows you the ability of turning a space from “apartment” into home. Once you’ve checked with your property manager about the specifics of how you can go about painting your space and whether or not it has to be painted back at the end of your lease, you can set your mind to the creative part. What do you envision?

Simply picking a color which reflects the mood you want to attain within a particular space is a great start. Being able to use something like painter’s tape as a tool can infinitely increase the number of ways you can do this. Obviously painter’s tape is a great tool no matter what, keeping lines clean and paint off of surfaces you’d rather not have paint on. However, it can also be a way to branch out and try new designs and create a really visually interesting space for yourself. For example:

Creating a chair rail line Using painter’s tape, you can create an even line (measure the same distance up from the floor around the perimeter of the room) all around your room to split the space into a two-toned color scheme. This method is what I’m about to use in my new bedroom. I picked two coordinating greens, a light jade and a deep olive, but you can pick colors with greater contrast depending on how much drama you want the room to have.

Creating stripes Pick two or more paint colors and use painter’s tape to section off stripes throughout the room or even just on one wall. Using colors close to each other on the color wheel will be more harmonious and natural while picking them further apart will add more drama. This paint scheme is great if your furniture is mostly solid colors and not busy with patterns.

Creating fun patterns You can create all manner of simple, or intricate, patterns by masking off areas of your walls and painting over top of the tape. For example, these 20 Design Sponge painter’s tape contest winners exhibit the fascinating visual power of masking your walls.


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