Ribbon Wall Treatment

Submitted by design megillah

Since the bed in a master bedroom has the leading role, the wall behind that bed is the supporting actor.
Here is a super easy, inexpensive way to enhance that wall using nothing but grosgrain ribbon and thumbtacks. I must admit it took a while, but because there’s no mess or chemical smell, it can be done over a period of days while still sleeping in the room.

The first step was to draw light pencil lines to form the pattern. I used a level and ruler to do this. Next, I started from the top of the wall and ran the ribbon down to the floor, using a bit of double backed tape to hold things in place before I was able to criscross and insert a thumbtack. I did a diamond pattern but squares would also work.

I didn’t want my thumbtacks the silver color they came in, so I pushed them into a piece of styrofoam and spraypainted them in a bronze color.

The paint color is Cappuccino from Restoration Hardware.

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17 Comments

  1. I just shouted “yes!” out loud! The perfect solution for me, a renter. I can out holes in the walls, but no paint and it drives me batty! Thank you so, so much for sharing!

  2. I really, really love it! My walls are super textured (house is 120 years old, and the thick, chunky texture covers all the cracks from more than a century of settling, I think), and I’m excited because this is something that could work even on textured walls!

  3. Very good idea! I think it’s a nice counterpoint to all the stenciling I’ve been seeing everywhere. Also a good idea for renters (obviously you’d have to substitute the tacks for glue or tape).

  4. Love the ribbon wall treatment in the bedroom. I would really like to know a bit more about the project so I can get an idea of amount of supplies. Question 1 is….what was the size of the bedroom wall? 2…How many yards of ribbon did it take? 3…..How large are the squares? And last how do you know where to start the ribbon? I just love this idea for my bedroom. Thanks.

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