How to decorate roller shades

Updated November 21, 2016

Roller shades are an affordable alternative for budget-conscious consumers looking for a way to cover their windows. Easy to install and readily available, roller shades provide privacy and shelter from the sun, but they may not enhance the look of a room. Using fabric, paint, ribbons or decals, you can create custom-made window treatments that match your decor without blowing your budget.

Remove the shade from the window. Place it on a flat, stable surface and unroll the material. Wipe the shade with a damp sponge to remove any dust or dirt from the surface. Rub with a soft towel to dry.

Measure the shade with a measuring tape. Take note of the both the length and width.

Cut a sheet of fabric so it will completely cover the shade. Cut the fabric 4 inches longer and 2 inches wider than the shade.

Hold a can of spray adhesive 6 inches from the surface of the shade. Use a smooth, sweeping motion to cover the shade with a thin layer of glue.

Spread the fabric over the shade. Starting at the top, press the fabric firmly against the adhesive. Work your way toward the bottom, smoothing any creases as you go. Wait one hour, and then trim the excess fabric from the edges.

Use paint, instead of fabric, to create a different look. Acrylic paint can be used to add swirls, polka dots, splashes or other artistic designs to rolling shades. Paint freehand or tape a stencil to the shade to guide your work. Alternatively, permanent markers can be substituted for paint.

Cover the shade with colourful decals if you are not feeling particularly artistic. Stickers are readily available at home-improvement centres or major department stores. Choose a variety of shapes and colours, then simply peel and press.

Place fabric trims such as ribbons or lace along the edges of the shade and secure them with fabric glue. Use bits of trim and scraps of fabric to create interesting patterns or to outline the shade, rather than filling in the entire area.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive spray
  • Acrylic paint
  • Decals
  • Fabric trims
  • Fabric glue
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About the Author

Lisa Parris is a writer and former features editor of "The Caldwell County News." Her work has also appeared in the "Journal of Comparative Parasitology," "The Monterey County Herald" and "The Richmond Daily News." In 2012, Parris was honored with awards from the Missouri Press Association for best feature story, best feature series and best humor series.