There is more to sheer curtains than meets the eye. Sheer curtains are light, translucent window treatment solutions which are usually used to act as a semi-transparent barrier. They have been popular with interior decorators for a long time. Sheer curtains have a huge aesthetic impact on the room. Their liquid look and soft flowing pattern break the solid lines of the room, adding a muted, feminine touch to an otherwise practical domain. It is not only visually appealing, giving the room a free-flowing, unhindered look, it also lights up the room in attractive, diffused shades, crafting a soft, soothing ambiance for the occupants.
Distinct Characteristics of Sheer Curtains
It is true that sheer curtains are used more for their aesthetic appeal than anything else, but they do have some solid functions. On the surface, they are primarily used to filter light; to bathe the interiors in the muted glow of the sun. But along with filtering light, they also provide partial privacy during the day, all the while preserving the view.
If you are a fan of diffused light, use sheer curtains to cover your windows and doorways. They will filter the light to create a soft halo inside the room. Now you can bask in the soft shine of the sun, without it shining directly into your eyes.
Sheer curtains also offer a bit of privacy. While you enjoy the natural light and the view from inside during the day, sheer curtains will provide some level of privacy from onlookers.
Work Great as Layers
You will get more flexibility in adjusting the light-flow and privacy of the room, when your pair your usual window treatments with sheer curtains. As opposed to just using total dark-out roller shades or roman blinds, sheer curtains provide more light in during the day, while the other fabric provides more privacy at night.
What is the Best Sheer Curtain Material?
Sheer curtains can be fashioned out of a wide range of materials like gauze, cotton, silk, voile, polyester, gauze, linen, chiffon, and lace. Let’s look at some of the distinguishing features associated with each material.
Voile: Voile is probably what comes to mind first when you are out shopping for sheer fabrics. It is an artificial fabric made from a blend of linen and polyester. The blend of natural and synthetic threads makes voile strong and durable. They are very light and available in every possible color imaginable. They allow a lot of ventilation and are mostly used in the summer.
Lace: If you want that traditional look, go for lace. The open weave design of lace had been a popular choice for curtains, for a long time. The intricate weave, along with the delicate feel, makes this fabric a high-end choice for most buyers. They are also prone to wear and tear.
Linen: Linen is made from natural fibres sourced from the flax plant. These threads are thicker than cotton, with a much denser build. For this reason, they provide more privacy and light blockage, compared to other sheer fabrics. Linen curtains also hold creases, so it is easy to style them in folds and watch them stay like that for a long time.
This quality makes linen a bit difficult to maintain. They become stiff if they get any dirt on them. The biggest drawback of linen is that they are not machine washable and you need to pack them off to the dry-cleaners.
Muslin is a super-soft cotton fabric that is also easy on the pocket. However, they are not as sheer as the others mentioned here. You can weave intricate patterns into it and can also dye it in different colors.
Silk is another natural fabric that works really well for sheer fabrics. Silk is also one of the strongest natural fibres, which is probably why they last looking new for a long time. They look glamourous and sophisticated. However, dark colors tend to fade in silk. So, if you are selecting silk, try and stick with light colors.
Polyester is a great choice if you are looking for quality, looks, durability, and affordability, all in one package. Moreover, they are famously easy to maintain. The fabric will not wrinkle or stretch, and keep looking new for a long time.
Sheer Curtain Styles
If you are still undecided about which sheer curtain to go for, maybe you can consider a where and how you want to hand them, before you settle on a choice.
Rooms with Large Windows
Sheers are best suited for rooms with large doors or windows that let in a lot of sunlight. But sheer curtains are not good for areas that receive a lot of moisture, like the kitchen or bathroom. Sheers can be a great solution for the road-facing living room, or a bed-room opening into a busy street.
As Room Dividers
Sheer curtains are a great choice for room dividers. Their transparency retains the integrity of the room and maintains the design flow. You can also add sheer curtains to your four-poster bed or to the kid’s room.
How to Hang Them?
You would want to create a lot of waves, or pleats in your sheer curtain. The pleats would add drama to an otherwise linear pattern. You might wish to get a lot more fabric than usual to create these folds. The header style you select will determine how well the pleats are formed and retained. Your material choice will be guided by the style you have selected.
If expect your window treatment to have multiple functionalities, you will have to hang the sheers with other curtains or shades. The most popular way is to pair them with thicker dark-out or insulating curtains.
Multiple Sheer Curtains
You can also hand different sheer curtains on the same rail, giving the room a flamboyant look. This will also give more flexibility in selecting your room furnishings.
Let your creativity be the final guide in selecting a fabric that can bring your room to life.