The Art of…Window Dressing

Drapes, blinds, voiles, panels, holdbacks, romans, rollers, swags and tails. Dressing a window can be a minefield of jargon, details and complex sizing. At Bibi we aim to help you every step of the way so here is our simple guide to help you dress a window if you don’t know your eyelets from your edging!

Step 1 – Layers

With so many window dressings to chose from it is important to get this decision right. We recommend sticking to a maximum of two dressings per window. This could be a combination of curtains and voiles, curtains and blinds, voiles and blinds or curtains on their own. This decision will depend on how much privacy you want. Curtains and blinds can be a brilliant option for bedrooms while voiles can be utilised to great effect in living rooms to allow natural light in while keeping prying eyes out.

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Step 2 – Fabric and Finishes

Once you have settled on your window dressing it is time for the fun part, the fabric! Now is the time to be adventurous! With so many great prints on the market, curtains are a excellent place to showcase these! Stripes, geometrics and ombre colours are all arriving in a big way this season. If your a little more reserved why not try a plain textured curtain and a patterned voile? Or alternatively a leading edge or header piece in an alternating colour, this can give a gorgeous individual feel to your curtains.



Step 3 – Poles and Pelmets

Now you’ve got your fabrics chosen its time to find something to hang them from! While some may feel that pelmets are a little dated there are some great contemporary versions coming onto the market from the likes of Tilly’s, including a fantastic frosted Perspex version! If you’re looking for a curtain pole you need to address sizes and quantity. A double pole will allow space for a voile and a curtain, alternatively a track can be a slightly cheaper option. When looking at poles think beyond the traditional. Gone are the days where brass or chrome were the only options! Black, transparent acrylic and colour wrapped poles are all arriving in force. Walcot House produce a beautiful range of lacquered and fabric coated poles.

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Step 4 – Headers

To show off your curtain fabric to its full potential its time to chose your header. If you want a more traditional feel to your curtains or are using a luxury fabric, a highly gathered pencil pleat can look great. If you’re after real luxury try the triple pinch pleat. This looks brilliant with plain fabrics giving them fullness and depth. For a contemporary feel eyelets or a wave header work really well. The goblet header is an up and coming style being seen more and more regularly but leave the tab top and pocket header alone, they’re not hot for this season!

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Step 5 – Finishing Touches

To really finish off your window it’s all about details! Depending on your header type, think about the colour and finish of your eyelets or rings. Metallics are huge this year and gold or silver rings on a contrasting pole look great! If you’ve chosen a pole have fun selecting unusual finials or end caps. Coloured glass finials are currently available across the market while carved and wooden finials work wonders in traditional properties. If you’re looking for a real lick of luxury why not take a look at Tilly’s crystal finials available through Bibi! To accompany the finials you could add complimentary holdbacks or jewelled tiebacks!



For fabulous fabrics and tailor made curtains get in touch with the team here at Bibi! We offer a bespoke service for handmade curtains using our extensive library of fabrics. We also offer curtain poles! All products available through Bibi Interior Architecture.

Harlequin – Momentum Three and Four

It’s all about bright colour pops and graphic prints in the new Harlequin Momentum collections. With the sample books just arriving in the office we can’t wait to utilise the acid green, fuchsia and turquoise in an upcoming project. Our favourite pattern by far is ‘Zeal’ with its embroidered slashes and splashes of clashing colours on a soft touch natural background fabric, it would make beautiful curtains for a contemporary family room. Complementing wallpapers are also available in the collection.