Washi tape is that ubiquitous Japanese masking tape that has taken the design world by storm. It seems almost too simple — like why is everyone so excited about tape? But I think washi tape's simplicity also explains its appeal: it's a way to transform a room, or a door, or a piece of furniture that's fun and interesting but also easy, and, if you choose, also totally temporary. So there's lots of room to experiment, maybe with one of these projects that could revolutionize your living space for the weekend, or for forever, or just for as long as you like.
The blogger at Solebich created the gorgeous pattern on her wall, shown above, with extra-thin washi tape.
Washi tape maker MT combines pattern with privacy with its new and wider line of tape called Casa Shade that's meant for putting on windows.
Easily add stripes to plain white decor, like this mirror from A Beautiful Mess.
Above: A humble IKEA table becomes a colorful masterpiece when covered with stripes of washi tape. See the full DIY on HGTV.
Here's another piece of IKEA furniture that got a pick-me-up from washi tape, from Brit + Co..
Washi tape is a great inexpensive and temporary way to hang photos or design inspirations, as seen on Design Sponge.
From Apartment Therapy, a super-easy way to dress up a ceiling fan.
Washi tape can also be used to frame bigger items like posters, as seen on Design Sponge.
Washi tape brightens up a doorway in this image from A Beautiful Mess.
Accent a door with colorful washi tape, as seen on Tretoen.
Or go really big and use washi tape to create an eye-catching pattern on the wall (and maybe also the floor!), as seen on Brit + Co..