Too often relegated to the background, sheer textiles have a delicacy that deserves our full attention. Whether fluttering romantically or enveloping a room in soft minimalism, the myriad takes in the pages that follow prove that sheers are capable of much more than simply filtering the sun’s rays.
In his Paris apartment, Tom Scheerer created sheer curtains with all the proper hallmarks—decorative drapery rods, tiebacks, jaunty trim—for a whimsical window dressing that’s “done” enough for a dining room yet lets the drama of the view show through.
In this concrete-walled bathroom, architect Joseph Dirand used simple light-filtering curtains to add a surprising dose of romanticism and warmth to an otherwise austere space.
PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR
Proof that sheers don’t have to be plain: this paled-out check in a bright dining nook by Veere Grenney. A brick floor, beadboard walls, and trestle table complete the modern-country mood.
SHORT AND SWEET
Fashioned from light-as-air fabric, double café curtains are a Thomas O’Brien signature: “The top can open for light and the bottom can stay closed for privacy,” says the designer. “The trick is finding a linen with a handkerchief-like quality.”
EASY DOES IT
A fetching triangulation of charm, insouciance, and ornament, these sail-shaped sheers—designed by Brockschmidt & Coleman—are hung 19th-century-style with fabric loops that attach to window surrounds, allowing them to be easily pulled aside.
In rooms where privacy and light are both prized, flannel-lined taffeta drapes layered over sheers are the answer. By giving them the repeating rhythm of architectural columns, Thomas O’Brien turned these curtains into a classical design element.
A gathered panel on the front door of Thomas O’Brien’s house is just revealing enough to feel welcoming without turning an entrance hall into a tell-all.
Silken and diaphanous, these Roman-style shades are the sheerest of sheers, adding softness without overpowering architecture. Stephen Sills edged them in gold trim to give them a decided air of formality without feeling overdone.
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