Roller blinds or shades don't have to stay their original, bland colors -- dress them up with a fresh coat of paint or painted designs. Acrylic craft paint can be used on both fabric or vinyl blinds, but vinyl requires a coat of plastic primer first for best results.

Preparing the Shade

Pull the shade down to its full length, if it is hanging up, then set it down, fully extended, on a plastic dropcloth. Wipe the shade with a damp sponge to help remove any dust, then allow it to dry completely. If the shade is made from fabric, vacuum it with an upholstery brush attachment instead.

  • Apply a coat of spray primer designed for plastic for any shade or blinds made of vinyl, plastic or composite materials. The priming is optional, but there's less likelihood of the paint peeling off quickly with a primer in place.
  • Apply the spray primer outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.

Painting a Freehand Design

Step 1 Sketch the Design

Sketch your design lightly on the shade in either pencil or chalk -- chalk wipes away with a rag.

Step 2 Fill in Background Areas

Fill in the largest area of color or the background areas first -- for instance, on a beach scene, paint either the sky, water and sand areas first, allowing each to dry before painting adjacent regions. Do not paint the areas designated for smaller objects such as boats or beach balls.

Step 3 Fill in Objects

Paint the main subjects or objects featured in your painting, such as boats, a beach umbrella or dolphins jumping out of the water. Paint each item in one color, waiting for the paint to dry before layering colors and adding details.

Step 4 Add Details

Fill in the details and secondary colors for each item in your design using artist's brushes. Paint outlines or add shading where desired. Allow the shade to dry completely before closing it.

Creating Patterns With Stencils or Tape

Create repeating patterns or detailed designs such as chevrons, stripes or a nighttime skyline using painter's tape or stencils.

  • Apply strips of painter's tape to create designs such as chevrons, stripes, triangles or interlocking boxes. Use a large straightedge and a tape measure to ensure straight lines and accurate spacing.
  • Tape stencils down securely with painter's tape. For large stencils. a removable spray adhesive applied to the back of the stencil helps prevent paint from getting underneath the stencil form.
  • Apply paint between tape lines with a brush or roller. If using stencils, dab the paint on with a stencil-pouncing brush or use a sea sponge. Apply a second coat, if needed, over the first.