Mrs. Howard Personal Shopper‘s weekly Q and A this week concerns a topic of decorating disdain, for many, and that is: window treatments.
More specifically, sheers. Are sheers outdated? Don’t they usually age a room and make it look grannyish?
As with all decor decisions, the right item/curtain/color makes all the difference. Here’s the answer, and of course, picture proof.
Mrs. Howard’s Answer to the Problem of Sheers
Question: I used to think sheers had a “granny” reputation, but I have seen them in some of your work. How do you incorporate them without aging the room?
Phoebe’s Answer: Four important words to remember when using sheers: STAY AWAY FROM POLYESTER!!! There are so many pretty cotton, linen and wool sheer fabrics available at all price points. I especially love embroidered sheer fabrics lately. Using unlined curtains or shades gives you a soft filtered light that is a wonderful thing as long as privacy is not an issue. One of my favorite ways to use sheer fabrics is as an unlined soft bottom roman shade layered under a pair of panels – I love the softness and the layered look. I also love to use a double pole with both sheers and panels, so you can diffuse the light at different levels during the day and night. Here are some rooms where we have used sheers:
In each of the rooms that they had decorated, the sheers were a soft, flowing fabric and held to their name – sheer – letting in lots of sun light.
Keeping sheers a light color makes sure that they aren’t heavy or stuffy. Many of the above pictures also show sheers with a cut out or design that adds an accent as the light hits them.
Don’t fear the sheers. They are a good thing.
Live in rooms full of light. -Cornelius Celsus