Thin curtain or sheer curtains are disregarded by most when choosing their window dressing. But overlooking the sheer curtains might not be the smartest idea. Quite contrary to popular belief, thin curtains are very functional. Their ability to diffuse and filter light in the day time is amazing and they do this while retaining a degree of privacy. Thin curtains are available in many different materials, patterns and colors. This makes it possible for you to give life to your decorative imaginations right in your home.
What Are Thin Curtains Made Up Of?
Sheer curtains or thin curtain have changed and evolved a lot when their name was used interchangeably with ‘nets’. Today, the word sheer curtains can range from plain and solid curtains to patterned fabrics. The material used to make these thin curtains also have an astounding variety. You may make your pick from this wide array of thin curtain choices flooding the markets today.
• Cotton, linen and other gauze-like fabrics
Cotton, linen and other gauzy curtains have fine textures. When used in the appropriate setting, they lend a romantic, summery and sophisticated look to the room.
When high-end polyesters are used, the room gets an ornate and glamorous look. It is also a plus that you can clean them very easily.
When you are out and about to look for silk thin curtains, you will find both metallic and soft textures. No matter what you choose, it will lend a contemporary and luxurious look to your rooms. You should keep in mind that most silk curtains that you will find in the market will be blended.
Chiffon curtains are a great option when you want the luxury of silk but have a tight budget. It is cost-effective and looks very similar to the look that silk exudes.
Lace is considered by many as old school but it is slowly making a comeback with a lot of modern styles in the market. The delicate lace will give your room a freshness and warmth that can be hard to find with other materials.
Voile is made from cotton blended or cotton materials. Voile has an open weave that can be only described as crisp. The fabric tends to gather, low and drape over the windows lending them an enchanting beauty.
How to Use Thin Curtains
• Using thin curtains on their own
Thin curtains can be used just on their own in the non-living areas like stairways halls and entryways. It is not recommended to use them by themselves in areas like the bedrooms or living rooms as they provide minimal privacy and they also do not have insulating properties. The thin curtains can only diffuse light and filter it. In areas where blocking light out or privacy is of utmost importance, using thin curtains by themselves may not be prudent. Once it is dark outside and lights come on, the thin curtains can turn transparent providing the area with little to no privacy. That said, they are perfect for living room spaces that need a lot of light during the day.
• Using thin curtains as a backdrop
It is a contemporary idea to use thin curtains as a backdrop that allows shapes and light to filter through into the room. This helps in bringing the room together without masking the architectural features in the room.
• Using thin curtains to block out busy patterns
If the room in question has a lot of busy patterns and you wish to provide some kind of visual relief to the room, you may use thin curtains. If the rooms have many mismatched windows or if the windows are too large, you may use thin curtains to break them up.
• Using thin curtains as a room divider
If your living space has an open plan and you need something to divide the space you may use the thin curtains to a good effect.
When Are Thin Curtains A Good Idea for Your Home?
When deciding if thin curtains are good for your home, consider the following questions before you make a choice.
Which rooms should you use thin curtains?
If you have a room that you wish gets a lot of light, that is the room where you must put in thin curtains. As they are made of fabric and are not great at blocking out prying eyes, it would be best if you don’t use thin curtains in bathrooms and kitchens. the best thing about a thin curtain is that it lets in a diffused and gentle sunlight. You can also use it in conjunction with other kinds of curtains to get around the problems of privacy, insulation, and sunlight. But keep in mind that it is not wise to use thin curtains with blinds and shutters.
How Large Should Your Thin Curtains Be?
Your thin curtains will look their best if they have some wave to them. Measure your windows and make the actual material be twice or thrice the measurement. This will allow them to be billowy and have folded.
If you are using the thin curtains with other floor-length curtains, you will have three choices. The thin curtains can be of the same height, an inch shorter or they can be as long as the window sill. The best look is if you let them hang down to the same length as the floor-length curtains. The longer length will help the thin curtains behave better.
How Should Thin Curtains Hang?
• Thin curtains can be hung as a single panel of curtains that just sits inside the window. You could also go for a single panel thin curtain that can be opened and closed.
• When using the thin curtains together with thicker curtains, you may need to install separate rods for each.
• If the thin curtains are to be installed on their own, you may need to add an eyelet style or tab top heading to make it more decorative.