When it comes time to pick your curtain material, you’re faced with an important choice: sheer or blockout?
Sheer curtains are the best way to balance privacy and natural light. They’re basically the opposite of blockout curtains: a thin thread or low-density natural weave that makes your window furnishings semi-transparent. You can see out, and light can get in, but that’s about it. Sheer curtains are a great way to give your room a more elegant or luxurious feel.
Here are some of our favourite new-season sheer fabrics for 2022.
Linia’s new Linesta range is a collection of stonewashed linen drapes, picked out in soft pastels, greys and shades of coral. These curtains are made from 100% European linen, sourced in France and Italy, and they’re what we call wide-width drapes: that’s 300cm. Linen sheer curtains are definitely having a moment right now, with their soft-touch matte texture and natural drop. A beautiful choice if you’re going for something refined and elegant, but also warm and homely.
Mokum have released their own new-season stonewashed linen drapes – Kanso. In Japanese culture, ‘kanso’ translates to ‘simplicity’ or ‘purity’, which is a pretty good description of the modern interior aesthetic, with its white-on-white backdrop and earthy accent notes. Kanzo is part of Mokum’s Ikigai collection, and it’s got a broad palette to pick from: willow green, sky blue, neutral slate and stone. Even a dazzling citrus yellow. Kanzo is semi-sheer, so it blocks a little more light than other designs.
Mokum’s other sheer collection is the gorgeous Satori Stonewash, with its soft tumbled texture (as opposed to Kanzo’s more traditional linen cross-weave). Satori is named after the Zen Buddhist term for enlightenment or understanding. It’s handwoven in Turkey from 100% linen and features a comprehensive selection of neutral shades: willow khaki, tussah brown, whitewash grey, dusty green-blue. Satori is a great choice if you’re looking for wide-width sheers in a moodier palette.
Hemptech have been doing some really interesting things by weaving together linen and natural hemp fibres, creating a range of environmentally friendly drapes. Their latest sheer design is Anatolia, named after the peninsula in western Asia. It’s a heavy, tactile weave – almost a luxurious hessian – available in a range of earthy neutral shades. Both hemp and linen require very little irrigation and energy to grow, making Anatolia one of the more ethical drapes on the market.
It’s often handy to see sheer drapes in person, to get a feel for their transparency. If you’d like to book a consultation at our Hawthorn studio, you can get in touch here. We can walk you through our full range of sheer and semi-sheer drapes.