How to Decorate Window Blinds

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How to Decorate Window Blinds
Customise your window blinds. (rainbow blind background image by Stephen Orsillo from

You don't have to be stuck with plain white blinds, or ones that do not complement the rest of your decor Decorate them to match the rest of your interior design scheme, and they'll stand out as real decorative window treatments, rather than standard window coverings. Whether they are metal, plastic or wood, it takes a little bit of time and effort to do this project, but is well worth the money you save buying new blinds. It also allows you to completely customise the design.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Soapy water
  • Sponge
  • Clean water
  • Dry rag
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Small paint roller
  • Stencils (optional)
  • Decorative charms

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    Take the blinds off of the window, usually by popping out the tabs in each corner, and take them apart. Most blinds have plastic clips at the bottom that pull out easily with no tools needed. Remove these plugs from the bottom, untie the knot in the side cords if needed and slide the slats off one by one, taking note of how they were strung on.

  2. 2

    Wash each slat in soapy water, making sure to remove all dust, dirt and grime. Rinse in clear water to ensure there is no leftover soap residue.

  3. 3

    Allow the blind slats to dry thoroughly. Wipe them down with a dry rag as you go to decorate each one.

  4. 4

    Choose a paint scheme. Options include painting the entire window blind in the same solid colour, painting alternate colours for a striped effect or fading different hues into one another to create a multitoned or tie-died rainbow look.

  5. 5

    Buy paint that is specifically meant for the window blind material you are working with. Home improvement and craft stores carry brands for decorating plastic, metal and wood.

  6. 6

    Scuff up the surface of wood blinds for better paint absorption. Coat both sides of the slat with a primer and allow it to dry thoroughly. Drying time can vary greatly between brands, anywhere from 1 to 24 hours, so read the manufacturer's instructions closely.

  7. 7

    Use a small paint roller to roll on even coats of colour. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly based on the time listed in the paint's instructions as they are all different.

  8. 8

    Put the blind back together by stringing the slats back in the way there were before you took them apart, put the plastic clips back in and hang the blind back up in the window, securing it once again with the plastic tabs that pop right back in. Step back and look to see that it coordinates with the rest of the interior design style in the space.

  9. 9

    Add other shapes and designs that match your decor, either freehand or with stencils, for extra customisation. Do this step after you hang the blinds back up so you get a complete picture of how to paint them so they line up when the slats are closed. For example, paint on small ivy trails, flowers or other symbols that express your personality.

  10. 10

    Decorate the end of the window blind pull chords with small charms. Clip on simple silver shapes or whimsical characters, depending on your style.

Tips and warnings

  • You can also sponge paint the window slats to create a different decorating effect.
  • Do not attempt to paint the blinds, especially with spray paint, when they are still together. This can cause the chords and the inside workings to get stuck up with paint, making it hard to open and close them anymore.

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