Looking for some wall painting ideas for your living room, hall, or bedroom? These DIY wall paint design ideas with tape are easy to do yourself, even if you don’t think you’re creative.
If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive way to update a room, painter’s tape and paint make a great combination.
It’s easy to create wall painting designs yourself that look beautiful even if you don’t think you’re artistic.
We’ll go from simple designs to more complicated ones so you can decide just how much effort you want to put into it.
Keep reading to find 10 wall paint design ideas you can do with tape.
1 | Color Blocking
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Color blocking is the easiest way to paint walls using tape.
Since it involves big sections of the wall being painted the same color, there are a lot fewer masking tape lines required than some of the other techniques.
For open concept rooms, painting a vertical color block is a great way to create a visual divider without actually breaking up the space.
Chelsea and Logan from Making Manzanita created a similar two-toned effect only using a horizontal line.
They have some great tips on making sure the lines are straight with clean edges, so be sure to check out their tutorial.
For a more subtle effect, choose colors that don’t have as much contrast. Like this blush pink and white wall design.
2 | Triangle Pattern
If you’re looking for a simple wall painting design for your living room, this triangle pattern may be just the thing.
It takes a little longer to complete because you have to wait for each section to dry before putting up the tape line for the next one.
But you end up with a really cool tape paint design. And I think it’s worth it!
3 | Vertical Stripes
With a little more effort, you can use painter’s tape to create stripes on your wall.
Vertical stripes draw the eye up, and can help to make a room with a low ceiling feel taller.
If you choose bright or contrasting colors, your stripes will make a statement in your room.
Like the purple and gold ones in my mother’s bedroom.
For a more subtle approach, paint the whole wall with flat paint.
Wait until it is completely dry.
Then put up the painter’s tape and paint on the stripes with clear glaze.
This creates a sophisticated stripe that is most visible when the light hits the wall the right way.
For more impact, continue painting the stripes all the way up onto the ceiling.
4 | Horizontal Stripes
The technique for painting horizontal stripes is basically the same as for vertical stripes. But with the tape going around the walls rather than up and down them.
This is a great pattern to help make a narrow room feel wider.
This bathroom uses stripes of the same width in coastal colors that feel very bright and airy.
Try varying the width of the stripes to add more interest.
Like this wall with the paint version of pin stripes.
Painting horizontal stripes using different shades of the same paint color creates an ombre effect.
To make the room look taller, start with the darkest color on the bottom and work up to the lightest color on top.
5 | Geometric Blocks
If you’re looking for a multicolor wall painting idea, this geometric blocks motif may be the pattern for you!
Have fun mixing and matching to create a color scheme that goes with your room.
6 | Paint A Trellis
Painting a trellis on your wall is a great way to create the feeling of a garden room indoors.
It’s not as hard as it looks.
Use painter’s tape to create the trellis pattern and then paint over it.
Remove the tape to see the finished design. Adding a Wisteria vine is optional.
7 | Herringbone Pattern
For an all-over graphic look, try painting this herringbone tape wall design.
It will definitely create a focal point in the room.
8 | Diamond Pattern
This diamond pattern is another graphic design you can paint on your walls using painter’s tape.
It is a great choice for any room that needs some extra interest.
9 | Argyle
To take the diamond motif one step further, try a full-on argyle pattern.
It can create an awesome look on an accent wall.
Just be ready to use a lot of tape making this design 🙂
10 | Buffalo Check
The next one of our tape painting techniques is a buffalo check pattern.
This motif really adds a dramatic flair to your room. Especially when it’s paired with a pink desk!
You could also do it in more subtle colors if you want to make less of a statement.
11 | Gingham
Last but not least is this gorgeous gingham wall that totally looks like wallpaper.
It requires some effort to get the tape on with the right angles, but it certainly makes a big impact when you’re finished!
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This post was originally published on July 30, 2020 but was updated with new content on May 31, 2021.