Roman shades are a classic choice in decorating and the possibilities are endless. These five DIY ideas for upgrading a simple shade are proof that a little creativity can go a long way.


Your window may be the perfect place to bring bright color and a fun pattern into your space. Naomi paired a bold abstract print with a whimsical pom-pom trim for these shades that stole the show in her recent kitchen makeover, captured by Courtney Apple Photography. (Proof you don't have to save the pretty window treatments for your living room or bedroom!)

2. Monogram

This tailored shade may look expensive -- and complicated -- but you don't need a sewing machine or an embroidery machine for this simple DIY window treatment. Julie made a faux roman shade using her favorite $5/yard fabric, a piece of wood, and packaging tape! The monogram was added using freezer paper. Pretty ingenious! She shares the full tutorial on Less-Than-Perfect Life of Bliss.

3. Tablecloth

Have a bare window that just needs a little something? You may not even have to hit the fabric store. Jen created a no-sew relaxed roman shade for her bathroom using a patterned tablecloth and some fabric glue. And, the install process was just as easy. She used thumbtacks to attach it to the window. No hardware needed!

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4. Patterned

Dreaming of a certain fabric for your windows, but it seems out of your reach -- or budget? Consider creating your own design by using fabric paint on a plain roman shade. If you're not up to free-handing the pattern, there are plenty of fun stencils in almost any design. Replicate the look in this image by using a similar zebra stencil like this one.

5. Bamboo

Fabric roman shades aren't the only ones eligible for a makeover. In our last home, I wanted to give some inexpensive bamboo shades a little definition with black trim. Instead of using ribbon, I quickly achieved the same look with some painter's tape and black paint. You can read more about this simple DIY idea on my blog.

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