Renter Friendly Accent Wall

3 Materials
2 Hours

If you've ever rented you'll probably know the struggle with not being able to make a space completely feel like home. You don't always have creative freedom with doing projects. If so, this project is for you!! All you'll need is some electrical tape - yes you read that correct, scissors and optional tape measure.

Here's my bathroom before - pretty simple. I did paint before I started this but that step is completely optional.

Materials Needed

I purchased my electrical tape from Amazon, but you can find it just about anywhere even the Dollar Tree has it!

I used a roll and a half to complete my wall!

Here's the link to the tape -

Step One - I measured out how big I wanted each "diamond" to be. I marked off 24inches for the whole diamond and then marked off at 12 inches, so every 12 inches for the whole wall. Mark off at the corner of the wall.

Step Two - Add tape

At my 24inch mark I put the tape completely across the wall.

After I did the full piece across I did the smallest piece. This is at the 12inch mark.

Step Three - Cut All Pieces

After I got the biggest and the smallest piece on the wall I eyed out each piece in between. I did this by completing one full "diamond".

My "diamond" has 4 pieces in between the biggest and smallest, giving a total of 9 strips in between each "diamond" not counting the longest piece.

To cut the pieces I took one from the first complete "diamond" I made and cut them all at the same time to ensure they were roughly around the same length. You'll continue this for as many pieces as you need. I eye balled the distance in between the middle pieces but you could measure it all out if you want.


I've done an accent wall with electrical tape before in a different pattern and got a TON of comments on why I didn't use washi tape. That washi tape will hold up better and not "damage" the wall. Well let me be the first to tell you DON'T use washi tape. I purchased washi tape thinking I'll try something new this time. I got about 60% done and ran out of tape. Ordered more and within the two days it took to receive the new washi tape I ordered so many pieces were falling off the wall. Pieces were falling off within in that first day of me starting this project. So unless you want to be pushing the tape back on your wall repeatedly throughout the day, I would not recommend using washi tape.

Bye bye washi tape - you suck lol

Here's the final product! I absolutely LOVE the way this turned out. I love how you can make countless patterns with one simple product. This is completely renter friendly and gives you creative freedom to transforming a space!

This project took me roughly an hour - two hours. Although I have a 3 month old so the amount of time it took me is probably a little longer than it would take most.

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  • Gerri Pokorny Gerri Pokorny on Mar 16, 2022

    That looks fabulous!! But aren’t you afraid when people sit on the toilet, that they’ll pick at the tape? Just saying, people do the strangest stuff!

  • Steven Aderman Steven Aderman on Mar 16, 2022

    How did you seal the tape to the wall? Did you paint over it? Electrical tape only sticks to itself for the long haul... You might be better off just painting it!

  • Barbara J Pelton Barbara J Pelton on Mar 16, 2022

    That’s a great idea for an accent wall, did you think of painting that wall now and taking off the tape?

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