A flourish of sheer fabric brings a feeling of lightness to a room. Here are some design ideas to help inspire you to decorate with sheer fabric in your home.
Sheer fabrics let light pass through them so have an ‘airy‘ quality. There are many types of sheer fabrics with various levels of translucence.
Voile is one of the most popular sheer fabrics for curtains. It drapes beautifully and allows a lot of light to pass through. Linen blends of fabric are less lightweight but still allow plenty of light in.
The texture and lightness of linen make it another attractive choice for sheer curtains. There are also sheer fabrics available in soft cotton and silk blends.
Choose a sheer fabric that is appropriate to the project. For instance, you might choose a very lightweight fabric such as tulle or mosquito netting to drape around a bed. For curtains, you might choose a more heavy-duty fabric like linen.
How to Use Sheer Fabrics
Sheer fabrics have a multitude of uses when it comes to decorating. Here are some decorating ideas which use sheer fabrics.
Drape a sheer fabric such as tulle, mosquito netting, or voile around a four-poster bed for a romantic look. The most popular color choice for this look is ivory or cream; however, sheer fabrics are available in many different shades. Choose a color that compliments the bedroom décor.
Accessorize with ribbon tiebacks
Create a table skirt from tulle for an elegant look. This is a great way to dress up a room for a party and works equally well with dining or side tables. Cover seams with ribbon or strips of contrasting fabric.
Often table skirts are created for weddings and formal dinners simply by using safety pins rather than sewing the fabric. A well-placed ribbon or table cloth covers the safety pins.
Use sheer fabrics in curtains. You can use sheer fabric in curtains, which tie to the sides of a window during the day. Alternatively, sheer fabric panels hang in front of a windowpane in the daytime to allow in light and provide privacy.
There are many types of sheer fabrics available for curtains. Keep in mind that they do not provide as much insulation as lined curtains. Sheer curtains are well-suited to the summer and spring.
There are even sheer fabrics available which include decorative flourishes such as tiny beads or appliqué. You can also make your own by adding decorative detailing to the fabric. These sheer fabrics make elegant curtains and window panels