How to decorate with roller blinds

Written by susan miller
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Decorating a roller blind with paint or fabric can add some serious pizazz to any window and room. These decorated blinds can be used in the traditional way as window treatments, but there are other uses for them that can add style to any area in the home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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    Understand that you don't have to be an artist to paint stripes on a roller blind, which gives a whole new look to your room. Know that black stripes add a sophisticated crispness, blue or green stripes give the room a fresh look, red adds a festive feel, while yellow imparts an air of summer. Measure and place stripes of tape on the blind where you want the white stripes to be. Then, paint in the coloured stripes using the tape as guides to keep your lines straight. Let the paint dry completely before you roll the shade back up.

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    If stripes aren't for you, paint on stars, geometric shapes, polka dots or spirals in any colour or a combination of your favourite colours. Or, if you can draw, draw and paint a scene on the blinds that depicts the look and feel you want for the room where the blind will be. Make sure that you use a paint that will adhere to the blind's surface. Take your blind to your art supply store for a good recommendation as to the type of paint to use.

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    Keep in mind that these decorated blinds can be used in the traditional way as window treatments, or as non-traditional "doors" for shelves or cupboards to hide flowerpots, toys or other household items.

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    Know that roller blinds can also be used in holes that are sometimes cut out between rooms, such as a pass-through between a kitchen and dining room. Mount the blind at the top of the cutout and pull it down for privacy when desired. For this use, a design painted on both sides would benefit both rooms. When you want to use the pass-through, pull up the blind and there is your cutout pass-through.

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    Decorated roller blinds can also be used as unconventional wall art that can be rolled up and down as the mood strikes you. You can also use one as a "window" where there isn't a real one. Add curtains on each side to further the illusion.

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