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Tips for Using Sheer Curtains When Decorating

Updated on January 14, 2011

One of the most daunting tasks a homeowner can attempt is the decorating or redecorating of the rooms in their home. One must make major decisions such as the paint colors or the style of furniture to be used. However, one item not always given enough attention is the choice of window curtains to use in the room. Due to the great number and styles of window coverings available, this could be a challenging job.

Window dressings help to set the mood in a room, and it is important to take time to choose the appropriate style. One of the easiest types for beginner as well as seasoned decorators to use is the sheer curtain. Curtain panels constructed from this airy fabric work well in any room, and with the numerous styles and colors available, are easily adaptable to most any décor.

When one pictures these see-through panels in his/her mind, they are often imagined as white, flowing, and rather plain. That may have been the case years ago, but today, these window coverings can be far from simple. They come in any color desired, allowing the homeowner to easily coordinate them with the colors chosen for a room. When used alone, they let muted sunlight in, giving the room a warm, inviting feel. In addition, when one uses colored panels, the light entering the room from the outside will be tinted the color of the panel, enhancing the décor and colors of the room.

Sheer styles are not limited to plain panels. There is quite a range of these see through fabrics available including lace, voile, or even embroidered panels, to name a few. One can layer those with floral patterns on top of pale coordinating sheer panels. Some panels come with hand painted designs, while others have fine metallic threads woven throughout the fabric, allowing it to shimmer when reflecting light inside the home.

In addition to the wide assortment of sheer curtains available, there is also a variety of ways to use these window dressings in the home. As noted above, they can be used on their own, or can be partnered with another transparent curtain. They can be hung straight, tied back on the sides, or gathered in the middle. In addition, one can use them in conjunction with other window dressings such as under heavier drapes or on top of window blinds. These see through window coverings work well with any size or shape window and if need be, they can be cut to fit most spaces. Depending on the decorative statement the homeowner wishes to make, one can easily change this type of window dressing whenever desired.

Decorating one’s home is a major project, so anything that can help make it a little bit easier is always welcome. Using sheer voile curtains is one of the least complicated ways to enhance the feeling of a room, whether one wants it to be relaxed, formal, sensual, or any other mood desired. There is no limit to the creative ways to decorate with sheer fabrics, and one should try this type of window dressing if they have not done so before. They will be pleasantly surprised with the results.


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