Sheer curtains, just as a drawing room sofa set or a dining table, has grown into being a necessity, a healthy trend for interiors intending to exude warmth, both on your eye and senses.

The fabric used is generally light-weight and is just transparent enough to filter in the right light. It is the second curtain covering given to a window that adds not only a zing to window treatments, but gets in a classy feel with the combo created with the main and heavier, non-transparent one.

Sheer curtains come in a wide range of styles, designs, and fabrics, including the latest embroidered and hand-painted designs that add to its ‘green' value.

Crucial factors

The placement of the window curtain rods, the length of the sheer (which is a subject by itself), the colour match of the fabrics and the types of fabric are all the points that go into ‘window dressing.' Cottons, organza, silks, raw silk, faux silk, taffeta, embroidered and so on…every variety has come in for sheers of all lengths.

What is the art involved in using sheers, and what is it that makes it the right drape-mate with the main curtains? How much of privacy can the drapery bring in?

What is the brightness it can seep in to make you read your newspaper along with your morning cuppa?

Perhaps it's these ‘sheers' that help you create those romantic shades in your living, or lend the required cool to your indoor vegetation.

After all, the transparency is to bring in the compelling rays, in the right amount.

RANJANI GOVIND

(This column will bring in suggestions from interior experts on window aesthetics)

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