If you live in a Cape Cod or similar style home, you probably have a few rooms on the second floor that have an awkwardly sloped ceiling. It can be a challenge to decorate this type of room, since you need to decide whether to treat this area as part of the wall or the ceiling. Instead of trying to make the space work as one or the other, why not incorporate it into the décor of the room.
One way to accomplish this task would be to mimic the look of an outdoor canvas awning using red and white duct tape (you could choose any color combination that suits your décor). This treatment is a great idea for adding a touch of outdoor style to a child’s room or office area. It is quite simple to do, and all that is required is a few roles of duct tape and a pair of scissors or a craft knife.
First, you’ll need to mark the area where you wish to create your awning. You could apply this treatment around the entire perimeter of a room for a more whimsical look, or you could choose to highlight a smaller area such as a reading nook. Once you’ve measured out the area, you’ll want to find the center of the space. It is best to work from the center out since the outside edge of your wall may not be perfectly straight.
Once you have your center mark, simply unroll a bit of tape and adhere the short edge to the slanted part of the wall where it meets the flat part of the ceiling. Continue unrolling the tape downward toward the floor as you lightly apply it to the wall. This will allow you to straighten the tape if it goes a bit off course. If you are satisfied with the placement of the stripe, using your hand, smooth the duct tape firmly onto the surface.
Once you reach the bottom of the slant (where it meets the flat part of the wall), use your scissors or a knife to cut the tape from the roll, leaving about six extra inches of tape. The extra length of tape will allow you to create the scalloped edge of the awning. Simply fold the tape backwards so that the two sticky sides adhere together. Once you’ve completed all of the stripes you can go back and cut the curved edge of the scallops.
Continue applying strips of tape to the left and right of your center line. Make sure you alternate between your chosen colors for each stripe. After all of the stripes are in place, the last step is to create the scalloped edge of your awning. Using your scissors, cut the corners off of each tab you created when you folded the tape at the ends of each stripe. You could cut them on a straight angle or with a rounded edge, depending on the look you prefer.
This is a simple and easy-to-do project that will give a sense of whimsy to that otherwise difficult to decorate space. There’s no need to worry about messing it up, if you’re unhappy with any of the stripes, simply peel off the tape and reapply. Depending on how large of an area you intend to cover, it is also fairly inexpensive and can be done in short amount of time.