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How to achieve window ‘wow’ on a budget

By Ann-Marie Appleton


Getting your window treatments right can make or break an interior space. Believe it or not, this is a very important part of your home and as such requires some careful consideration.


Here are some suggestions and tips from Ann-Marie and the Frobisher team on window treatments and how to achieve window ‘wow’ on a budget:




We love fabrics at Frobisher and we love to help you choose the right one! Selecting a plain fabric, rather than a patterned fabric will reduce any wastage in terms of the pattern repeat. Continuous fabric comes on a roll which is usually 3m wide, and is exactly how it sounds. It is seamless and eliminates any wastage as you only buy what you require.

You can select a more economical fabric – and then invest in a high end making service. An experienced curtain-maker can make a cost-effective fabric look amazing!

Frobisher_interiors_fabric_drapery_curtainsPhoto credit Frobisher Interiors



Buy plain curtain tracks instead of ornate timber or metal rods and finials. This will not only keep costs down but allow your beautifully made drapes to take centre stage!

Frobisher_interiors_fabric_drapes_curtainsPhoto Credit to Pinterest


Carefully consider the type of curtain heading you want as this can change the overall look of a curtain; how the curtain falls and the fullness of the fabric. Some heading types need much more fabric than others to create the desired look. Talk to your designer about the various heading types.



Consider adding trim embellishments on a more cost-effective fabric to give the ‘wow’ factor and personalise your look, such as leather strips or beading.

Frobisher_interiors_fabric_drapes_curtains_Arabella_trimmings_HarlequinPhoto Credit to Harlequin Fabric, Arabella Trim


Blinds and Shutters

Styling of blinds can be consistent throughout your home. You can now choose a blind that has a fabric “look and texture” to it if you prefer and these are available in a huge range of colours.

Roman blinds look great on smaller windows, as they require less fabric and lining. Whereas, Roller blinds are a simple and stylish way to dress a window and can be operated manually or automated.

Timber shutters again look beautiful, are practical and durable. When closed, they provide effective heat and noise insulation.

Timber venetian blinds give your home a relaxed ambiance and don’t appear to date. You can either paint or stain them to suit your home.

Pleated blinds can be made from a special fabric that has an aluminium backing for superior insulation and gives a crisp, tailored look. Available in sheer or opaque fabric, or combine two choices for a ‘day to night’ solution.

Frobisher_interiors_fabric_drapes_cutains_blinds_luxaflexPhoto Credit to Luxaflex Duette Shades



There is a huge variety of fabrics, choices, styles and budgets to consider, which can be overwhelming and costly mistakes can easily be made. Knowledge is power, so speak with your interior designer – they will be able to help you make the perfect choice for you and your budget.

Here at Frobisher we offer Free Curtain Making* and have access to hundreds of international and local suppliers, allowing us to secure the best window treatments to suit your personal style. We also work with the best workrooms and installers nationwide, to provide the ultimate experience.

(*T&C’s apply. See us for more information.)


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