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Our grandmothers used heavy lace curtains, flanked by full block out curtains, to allow light in and still give privacy…but man… were they heavy. I’d rather be able to see at least some of my view, and if my privacy was compromised a bit…well then I’d just stay dressed!
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During my years of residential styling I’ve chucked hundreds of “sheers” out… but they weren’t sheer!! Badly named, and badly hung! Generally these were densely patterned lace strung along a plastic tube that didn’t allow for the fabric to be drawn back.
Sheer should still give a sense of the outside, and allow loads of light to come through…not just specks fighting their way through a heavy lace pattern. This is not to say that lace curtains aren’t fantastic (blog on same on its way!)…but it needs to be a soft sparse pattern to do its job without giving a real heaviness to the room. Block out is provided by a good blind behind the curtain.
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These images are what sheer curtains are all about. Soft, pretty and allowing a ton of light through.
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This is absolutely my favorite look and what I plan to have. Wide, beautiful verandahs with open frech doors and sweet sheers blowing in the wind.
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Sheers are also a great way to divide a room without losing your sense of space (p.s how amazing is this chair! I just wish they’d used a more ornate mirror to complete the look), and can do the job for many styles. It works brilliantly with this quite sophisticated and masculine look, and is even better, I think, with the more relaxed and earthy Moroccan feel of the bedroom below.
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A big tip with sheers…wash ‘em! There’s nothing worse than sheers that are dulled by years of dust. The same of course applies to all curtains, but it’s crucial with sheers.
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