(Ph. © Patrick Cline/Lonny)While clicking through interior designer Gideon Mendelson's Sagaponack, New York home, I was instantly reminded of a DIY idea I've been meaning to try but keep putting off. You know gaffers tape: that humble staple in every painter (and photographer's) arsenal, which helps rig up screens or prevent unwanted brushstrokes on walls? It seems that it can be used to much more interesting effect than those ho-hum applications.
In Mendelson's den (pictured above), a hand-painted ceiling looks an awful lot like an image I pinned months ago from artist Donald Robertson's Instagram feed, doesn't it? I've been wanting to try wallpaper in my apartment, but easily removable gaffers tape might be the perfect way to test it out before going all the way. The possibilities are endless: you can use a fun arrangement of lines in a random sequence, as below, to add flair to a traditional dining room; create a grid of squares to give a room a colorful tiled effect; turn a ceiling into a focal point (as in Mendelson's home); or layer stripes of tape to make rainbow-hued striations on an accent wall in your entry before a big party. And when you get sick of it, you can just peel it off. Genius!
(Ph. courtesy of Donald Robertson)