Grey sheer curtains with seperate blockout lining

Sheer curtains are huge news in window coverings! They offer light filtering qualities, daytime privacy, a billowy effect in the breeze, and perhaps a bit of softness and romance in the room. They can be plain or patterned, single coloured or multi-coloured. Sheers can also vary in transparency from very see-through voiles and organzas through to semi-opaque linens and batistes.

One of the greatest challenges we are finding is choosing where to place the blockout curtain in relation to the sheer.

Blockout curtains with sheers
Blockout curtains in front of sheers

In days gone by, sheers usually sat closer to the glass and the blockout or heavier drapes took pride of place in front. Generally the heavier curtains were the more decorative. This is still acceptable, especially if the main fabric is patterned or to be a feature.

However, with the introduction of heavily textured & patterned sheer fabrics, the trend has been to sit the heavier drape behind. It’s a more streamlined approach, with the lining being unnoticeable when open. Apart from the overall look, there are added benefits to utilising this scenario.

For better thermal benefits, having the heavier fabric closer to the glass will immediately block out external climatic conditions before they can enter the room. The sheers in this scenario simply add the decoration and of course daytime privacy.

Always ensure that the heavy fabric looks good directly underneath the sheer: you cannot have conflicting patterns or colour clashing. Even white blockout can be distorted in colour when viewed through sheer fabric. You also want to be able to clearly distinguish if the sheer has any pattern… certain lining colours can enhance this.

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