To some people, the idea of sheer curtains seems frivolous. This is because people don't think that curtains that allow light through are helpful. This actually isn't the case, however. A well-placed set of sheer drapes can have several benefits to areas like living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens.
1. Light Filtering
Believe it or not, despite being somewhat translucent, this style of curtain is able to help you easily adjust the amount of natural light that filters into the space. Spaces like bathrooms and living rooms often need some sunlight, but opening blinds or pulling back opaque drapes exposes the room to the full heat of the sun.
Adding sheers to these windows offers a good amount of UV protection while also filtering in natural light in a less intrusive way.
2. Color Protection
As you saw mentioned above, sheer or semi-sheer window treatments give you more control over how much and how often sunlight is able to come through your windows. As pretty as it might be to have light from outside streaming into a space, it does lead to the colors in that space fading much more quickly.
To keep your furniture, carpeting and paint job from prematurely fading or becoming damaged by UV rays, add a set of sheer drapes to windows that get a lot of sunlight.
Because they're made from lightweight fabrics like polyester, they are generally much more budget-friendly than heavier drapes or other window treatments like roller blinds. This can be a huge benefit to homes with a lot of windows as well as homes with large or unconventionally-sized windows.
Purchasing ready-to-use sheer window treatments is significantly cheaper than any other type of drapery, and even if you need custom-made ones, they are almost always still far more cost-effective than ordering custom drapes made from heavier fabrics.
4. Polished Versatility
The idea of window sheers likely brings to mind frilly, lacy, fussy-looking curtains that you may have seen in a grandparent's house or in old television shows. Modern sheer window treatments are nothing like that now.
In fact, modern sheer draperies come in any color, style, texture and pattern imaginable. They can be hung as the sole window covering for a space, or they can be placed between heavier curtains and blinds to add a touch of extra flair to the room's aesthetic.
5. Additional Privacy
The idea of semi sheer curtains adding privacy to your home might sound odd, but it's true. With blinds, they must either be open or shut. With opaque drapes, the issue is much the same. Even if you only partially open your blinds or heavy curtains, you're still directly exposing that room of your house to the outside.
By hanging a set of sheer draperies behind your curtains or in front of your blinds, you can pull back the drapes or crack the blinds without compromising the privacy of your home.
Sheer Window Treatments Can Spice Up Your Decor
Modern sheer draperies are a versatile way to add extra polish and privacy to your home without breaking the bank, so be sure to consider them next time you're curtain shopping.
P.S. for UK Readers: Voile & Sheer Curtains are quite similar concepts.