What are Sheers?
If you are looking for elegant and classy curtains for your homes and cannot decide on what to choose, go for sheer curtains. The featherweight material that is used for these curtains accounts for their sheerness and they look stunning. They blend beautifully with any existing décor and increase the aesthetic appeal of your room. Soft to touch and soothing to the eyes, sheer curtains are a sheer delight.
Sheer curtains can be made from a variety of fabrics like polyester, chiffon, lace, silk, linen, cotton and chenille. While they look best in white or off-white shades, sheer curtains can come in different solid overtones, and can even be embroidered with designs and patterns like stripes, polka dots, etc. In short, you are spoilt for choice and getting one for your homes may not be easy after all. How you use sheer curtains depends upon your needs. If you need privacy and light control then the sheer curtains must be layered with heavier drapes or else they can standalone.
What are Semi-Sheers?
When talking about sheer curtains, another option that keeps popping up in the midst of all the discussion is semi-sheer curtains. The difference between semi-sheer and sheer curtains lies in the density of its weave, opacity and fabric weight. Sheer curtains are more translucent in nature and offer no resistance to daylight pouring into the rooms and offer an almost unobstructed view of the outdoors. Sheer curtains offer little during the day and almost none at night. The moment the sun goes down and lights come on inside the house, sheer curtains can completely expose you to outsiders.
Semi-sheers are less translucent and their weave is denser. Though flowing and silky like sheers, unlike the latter, they have some texture and are not as flimsy. They allow just enough light to pass through and are strong enough to offer some semblance of privacy. Most of the users of semi-sheers stress on some amount of privacy that they offer as compared to sheers. They can be made of polyester, synthetic, faux silk material, etc. Semi-sheers allow just enough light to pour in while cutting down some glares of the sun.
Do Semi-Sheers Allow you to See Through at Night
A question that often hovers in the minds of most users of sheer and semi-sheer curtains is how much privacy they offer. During the daytime, when the sun is shining brightly, privacy inside the house is not compromised. But at night when the sun sets and lights come on inside the house, this is the time when the need for privacy becomes more pressing. Can the people outside see only the figures insides or can they recognize faces and make out the finer details?
Unlike sheers, semi-sheer curtains offer some resistance to view from outside. Once lights are on indoors, semi-sheers allow outsiders to see figures and can make out vaguely what is happening inside though the finer details may not be visible due to the denser material the curtains. Some may be comfortable with this much privacy but it may not be safe to expose even this much of activities inside to the curious eyes of strangers outside. The color and the material chosen for semi-sheer curtain however can influence how much of the interiors are visible outside. It is recommended that those using semi-sheers layer their curtains with a drape of denser fabric to provide better privacy after sunset.
Semi-sheers like sheer curtains are equally beautiful and charming. They add softness and warmth to the windows and the rooms that are extremely inviting and intoxicating. When it comes to privacy, insulation and light filtration, neither of them does much and has to be paired with some other drapes or window treatments like shades and blinds. Semi-sheers may be a somewhat better option than sheer curtains but apart from look and feel they are not as functional as some of the other window treatments in the market.