How to design your own roller blinds

One-of-a-kind window coverings give your home decor a designer look. Custom window coverings can cost you a small fortune, but you don't have to settle for plain white or taupe roller blinds. You can turn your basic roller blind into a custom piece. Choose a design style and use your imagination to turn your window coverings into a design that will wow your friends and neighbours.

Lay the roller blind out flat on a table or other work surface. Clean the roller blind by dusting with a slightly damp rag.

Apply low-tack painter's tape to create a design on the roller blind. Add stencils or any geometric patterns that you like. Tape can create stripes. Stencils can be used to add flowers, scroll work or any other shape you can think of.

Squirt a small amount of acrylic paint onto a paper plate. Dab a stencil brush, sponge or other paintbrush into the paint. Wipe the brush on the side of the plate to remove excess paint.

Dab the brush onto the roller blind to transfer the paint. Start with a small amount of paint. You can layer more paint on later if you need more depth in the colour. Allow the acrylic paint to dry completely.

Pull the tape off of the roller blind slowly. Hold the tape at a 45 degree angle and pull gently.


For a more expensive option, you can order custom shades from most window covering retailers. Order a swatch from the company first to make sure that the colour looks the same in your house as it does in the photo.

Things You'll Need

  • Roller blind
  • Rag
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plate
  • Paintbrush
  • Stencil
  • Paper towel
  • Low-tack painter's tape
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