Window Dressing

Shannon Fricke shares her best ideas on window dressing with blinds and curtains.


  • Have a clear idea of what you want to begin with, and the job will be a lot easier and quicker.
  • Be generous with your fabric - make sure it is double the width of your window and at least ½ metre longer than the window for that lush excessive overflow.
  • Put your personal stamp on your window with trimmings like beads, ribbons and tassels. They can make a traditional style curtain more modern and interesting.
  • Made-to-measure curtains aren't cheap but they look fabulous. Choose luscious, opulent fabrics like silks and brocades and add some colour with the trim.
  • Don't stick to the conventional. A length of bamboo makes a great curtain rod, and a piece of material slung over the bar makes an uncomplicated and stunning curtain. Or try steel cable wire instead of a curtain rod, and strips of coloured plastic ribbon for your drapes.
  • In rooms like the bedroom where you want your privacy, a fixed curtain is a must. The best fabrics for light and view - muslin, voile and lace - will do the job beautifully.
  • For something a bit different, go for a beaded curtain. They're not great for privacy but a fabulous piece of art, and thanks to the 70s revival, there's a huge choice available.


  • Blinds are great for privacy and light control, as well as adding colour and texture to a room.
  • They can be a very cheap option, but with the huge range of designs and fabrics now available the prices can really jump. Like curtains, custom-made blinds are the most expensive option.
  • Go for cutting edge fabric with blinds, and you'll have an instant feature in your room.
  • If you want cheap, think beyond traditional materials. A twig mat, originally meant for the floor, can make a fantastic blind.
  • Again, consider your trimmings as a way of really lifting the look of your blinds. Shannon has dressed her blind up with a fake drop crystal handle - very pretty for the bedroom.

Things to consider

  • If you don't like the outlook from your window, think about frosting the glass, which still allows lots of light in.
  • If you do like your outlook but it is not very private, consider a curtain which only covers the bottom half of the window, so that when people look in they can't see you when you are seated. You will still have lots of natural light and a view from the top half.
  • Drapes and traditional style curtains are generally too formal and heavy for most rooms other than those large rooms which can accommodate them.

Equipment and Suppliers
15 – 19 Boundary Street
Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011
Ph: (02 9360 4515
– traditional curtain – red/gold drape POA
– Liberty print fabric for blind approx. $150 per metre

98 Barcom Avenue
Rushcutters Bay NSW 2011
Ph: (02) 9357 0503

Blind and Drape
44 Ocean Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Ph: (02) 9327 2725
– cost of making up blind approx. $230

Victoria Spring Design
110 Oxford St,
addington 2021
Ph: (02) 9331 7862
– lace curtain $190

Bamboo House
13 Erith Street
Botany NSW 2019
Ph: (02) 9666 5703
– bamboo rods $2.50

Chee Soon & Fitzgerald
387 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9360 1031

207 Clovelly Road
Clovelly NSW 2031
Ph: (02) 9664 5570
– folded over woven cloth – approx. $85-100 per metre

Freedom Furniture
– twig mat $49.95

Empire Homewares
18 – 20 Oxford Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph: (02) 9380 8877

Delucca's Florist
237 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9380 4725

ECC Lighting & Living
36 Gosbell Street
Paddington NSW 2021
Ph: (02) 9380 7922


Ici et La
7 Nickson Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 8399 1173

Room Interior Products
17 Palmer Parade
Richmond Vic 3121
Ph: (03) 9428 3344

Major & Tom
45 Barwon Park Road
St Peters NSW 2044
Ph: (02) 9557 8380

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