Plain, white custom window shades can match virtually any decor and they're often less expensive than more decorative varieties. However, that doesn't mean you have to keep them plain and simple! If you're looking to add a bit of personality to your white blinds and shades, here are two easy DIY projects you might want to consider.

Ribbon trim
Choose ribbon that matches the colors or textures of the room you're using the shades in. This could be satin, squiggly edged or striped. Gather up a pair of scissors, some glue and a paint brush, then cut the ribbon to the width of the shades. Glue a strip or two of ribbon near the bottom and you're done!

Painted designs
Better Homes and Gardens Magazine has a wealth of ideas for using paint on your white shades. Water-based acrylic craft paints are your best bet, and you can go wild with whatever colors you want. You could make it easy by using a stencil to create fun shapes, or get creative by coming up with designs of your own. Any way you do it, carefully applied paint can certainly add flair to any room's plain window coverings.