DIY Stripe Doorway… with washi tape!

Interior Washi Tape!A little while ago I purchased some extra large interior washi tape from Etsy. I wasn’t sure what I would use it for, until I had the idea to give this doorway a little pop of color and texture. This project was so much fun, not too time consuming and it’s totally “renter friendly” too!

I love the look of painted stripes in home decor, but I’ve shyed away from them in the past because they look so time consuming. God knows I’m no perfectionist, so this method was the perfect alternative!

Washi Tape Stripe Doorway DIYWashi Tape Stripe Doorway DIYI used nearly a whole roll of salmon and mint along with some painter’s tape from the hardware store to complete our doorway. It took me a few hours of taping and trimming with scissors. Totally fulfilling for anyone who loves instant gratification projects! 😉

Washi Tape Stripe Doorway DIY Washi Tape Stripe Doorway DIY Washi Tape Stripe Doorway DIY Washi Tape Stripe Doorway DIY Best part is… eventually, when I get tired of it, it will be super easy to remove! I love constantly changing our living space, so that possibility excites me!

Do you have any fun weekend projects planned? xo. elsie

  • I can’t wait to try this out 🙂 Perfect for a rental! Thanks for sharing.

  • Elsie, this is an incredibly cute idea. I would have never even thought to decorate my house with TAPE! But I have a question for you – I’ve watched you decorate your house over the years and I’ve seen you do several permanent decorations to your home – like painting the cupboards with chalk paint and the painted wall that says “I love you more than ever”. But wonder how much of these cute things have to be undone when you try to sell your house? Was this an issue when trying to sell your previous home? I would like to implement some of your ideas into our home decor, but I’m hesitant, because I don’t think I want to have to repaint over my projects when we move out.

  • That is AWESOME! What an amazing, unique decor idea.

  • So simple, and so effective! I have an alcove in a door I am definitely going to try this on! 🙂 Rosie x

  • I’m so copying this! I love it! one of the best interior ideas I’ve seen this year!!


  • What a great idea! I love that it adds an unexpected punch of color to an otherwise unused space. This is one DIY I’m not too shy to try 🙂

  • Such a cute idea! I haven’t picked up a large roll, but I’m inspired to now.

  • hello. simply beautiful. can you show more of the bedroom. the handwriting and comforter are amazing too!

  • I love decorating with tape! I put the tape on my cutting mat and use a rotary cutter- you can cut them in bulk and get perfect strips!

  • That has to be one of the best ideas of all time ! so made for me and all the other change freaks…

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  • Great idea! Really creative way to add color and texture to an area that’s so easy to overlook.

  • What an amazing fun idea. Perfect for renters like me who want to personalize a space without being allowed to paint! Can’t wait to try it.

  • I love this! I’m so glad you shared it because now Ill be able to decorate my dorm room since we’re not allowed to paint. I can’t wait to try this!!

  • I’m so happy I read this post today!

    Today I was planning to buy supplies to paint multi colour stripes on my kitchen walls. It was going to be a BIG project that would probably take a few weeks to finish. This is a perfect alternative and it means that If I don’t get a stripe 100% straight the first time I can just peel it off and start again.

    Thanks so much for sharing! I cant wait to get started!

    Love and stuff,

  • What a fun idea! That’s awesome. I didn’t realise you could get such wide washi tape. I must remember this because I’m pretty sure my first place will be rented, so this would be a great alternative to painting 😀

  • whoa! Love this! Might have to use this to decorate my new apartment!


  • I didn’t use washi tape, but I did do a similar, easily-removable update to a space in my home with contact paper! My kitchen counters look so much better now.

  • This is such an amazing idea! definitely want to try something like this in my university room!

  • This is a fab idea! We currently live in a rented house so this would be perfect!

    Lulu xx

  • I love this! Great idea! I’m so going to do this in our new house!

  • looks fab! xx

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  • Usaully Washi-tape doesn’t excite me much, but I really like how this looks–It doesn’t look like tape at all!

  • What a creative idea! I am moving into an apartment (after 15 years of owning my own home) and this is a great solution for adding color without damaging the walls. I cannot wait to do this!

  • Elsie, though it’s so easy it’s genious.
    You’re a genious!
    I do really think I need to order some washi tape colours, too.
    God, you make me spent so much money! 🙂

    Greetings, Lorelei.

  • This is a fabulous idea!! Definitely a washi tape use that I’d never have thought of it!!


  • What a fun idea! Your doorway fits your painting so well, all of these colors and stripes! I’ve used washi tape in my interior as well and I love that I can just change it up anytime I want.

    xo Julia

  • Adorable! There are so many possibilities with this stuff. Do you know if it can be used in bathrooms? I have a bathroom ceiling crying out for something interesting…My Weekend Projects: Tearing apart part of the front yard near the sidewalk where the weeds have gone nuts, and recovering/repainting a pair of cool vintage wood folding chairs I found in the alley. I’ll be blogging about it of course Have a great weekend everyone! -Marie Vlasic

  • This turned out very pretty. It´s perfect for a doorway like this one.

  • Woah! I had no idea there was extra-wide washi tape! When I saw this on Instagram the other day I was trying to imagine how many little strips you must’ve used! So cool!!

  • Omgosh!!! Love it! What a great way to brighten up a space. x

  • The colours match with your painting perfectly! The little pop of colour in the archway is such a lovely idea and really brightens it up! So fun!

  • Hello there!
    I am a new reader and I already love your blog. You DIYs and photography and everything is beautiful! You’re very inspiring and thank you for the 5 tips for bloggers too!

    This washi tape idea is fantastic!


  • great idea! I love this!

  • That is REALLY cute!! I’m just wondering how long before it starts to peel.

  • I love this idea! It really makes your archway pop! Thank you for sharing : )

  • Amazing !
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  • Such a cute DIY!

  • How lovely! this is such a great idea!!


  • Wow I’ve never seen anything like that before! It looks really good

    Seaside Beauty

  • This is so perfect! Elsie you are amazing! I love to redo stuff in my room too so washi tape decor is the best choice… 🙂

  • Love that! Just trying to think where I could possibly do the same thing 😉

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  • Such a great decorating idea for those of us who rent.

  • Wow it looks perfect with your painting near to it 😉 great colors!

  • That looks gorgeous!! I love it! What a brilliant idea.


  • woah! mega washi tape?? amazing!
    love seeing all these peeks of your home – looks like such a beautiful space!
    Cheray x

  • That is cool. I’ve never ever heard of Washi Tape, but it’s pretty much a life saver for someone who’s not savvy about remodeling! (Read: myself)

  • I love this idea! I think this will be pretty with printed washi-tape too!

  • This is perfect, especially for apartment life! Thank you! 🙂

  • Lovely! It makes the doorway look really crisp, colourful and defined! I would totally try this! I think cutting shapes (like scallops) into the washi tape would be fun for another wall design. Thanks for sharing this really creative diy with us!


  • And the washi tape won’t peel the paint? This is awesome, I’ll be living in a dorm in a few months so this is the perfect way to add something to the walls!

  • Elsie & Emma do it again! nice work girls. this is an awesome project & it makes me think about what else I could put washi tape on. thanks for making my creative side of the brain work :))

  • OMG I am so excited about this! It also gives me an excuse to finally buy some of the washi tape I have hearted on Etsy!

    Your archway is beautiful!

  • Love any renter friendly ideas to spruce up a place! Do you have any ideas for temporarily changing an ugly kitchen floor? Great color selection by the way 🙂

  • This adds such personality!

    xo Jennifer

  • really fun idea! I love washi tape and this is a great temporary way to add color…..awesome 🙂

  • This really looks good. I love the colours you used! And so nice that you had an arched doorway to do it on.

  • Oh my goodness, I love that! I’m so saving this for later when I move this fall. This will be a wonderful idea.


  • Mahalo Elsie!! We are still saving for a home purchase & sometimes rental interior design can be difficult! Much appreciated!!

  • This is AMAZING! Wishing I had a little archway of my own!

  • This would be perfect in a rental home too!

  • I love the pop of color! I’ve never seen such a wide kind, but it works so well as an interior quick decoration.


  • WHAT?!?! This is such a GREAT idea!!! I love this! Especially for renters-since I am one haha

  • Ahhhhhhhh!!!! This is perfect! Especially for dorm and apartment living since it is easily non permanent. So doing this.

    Juliette Laura

  • I’ve never heard of Washi Tape… thanks much for opening my eyes, ladies!

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  • This looks like a great idea! My only worry would be that with time (humidity and heat and all) the tape would start to roll off or sth. Or it would somehow attract more dust.

  • It looks so fab! Love Etsy, you can find the cutest craft stuff on there.

  • this is so pretty, but we don’t have any arches in my house to do this to 🙁

  • This looks lovely! Such a great idea.

  • This is so cool I really want to try it 🙂 I love your photographs too!

    Rachel Xxx

  • I LOVE what you did here with washi tape! So gorgeous, and definitely tweeted. 🙂

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  • I love this! I will probably be renting for a while, so this is a great idea!

  • That is like perfect especially if you renting and can’t do anything permanent .

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  • oh my goodness that is SO CUTE. I want to do that but I have no cool arch like that haha…I need to find a fun place to do it! Any suggestions?

  • I really like this! So cute! What I love most is how you framed the arch with it. People can also paint painters tape and decorate with it, too.

    Stripes are a pain in the rear! We are painting our sunroom in black and white stripes, but because we are painting over real wood with bumps and knots, it’s time consuming.

  • Oh my god this is so cute! I’ll definitely be attempting something similar now!


  • This is a brilliant idea! I love washi tape!
    Leah faye
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  • I love how it turns out! Goes on my “diy-from-a-beautiful-mess-to-try” list! 😉
    Looks great!

  • I had no idea they made big washi tape! I love this, and I totally going to get some. The possibilities are endless 🙂

  • This is the best thing i’ve ever seen done with Washi Tape!!

  • So good that it’s easy to remove!

  • This is the best thing ive ever seen done with Washi tape!

  • So smart for an apartment where you can’t paint!

  • The color combos are endless with this idea. Love it! Looks great!

  • awesome!!! I tried hanging pictures on my wall with washi tape but it keeps falling off. it might have something to do with our gross 80’s textured walls.

    • Me too. Looks like washi tape hasn’t improved in four years later. I wonder what brand this blogger used….?

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