The Beauty of Light

Lois Butler - Sunday, March 22, 2015

As spring approaches we all want to let the sun shine into our homes.  Traditionally, spring symbolizes a feeling of rebirth and renewal.  For many it is the time to do a major house cleaning and for others it is the perfect time to do some redecorating. Changing your drapes in the spring is one of the best ways to make some significant decor changes, give your home a fresh new look, and welcome in the spring season with style and flair.  

It is a great time to go with lighter fabrics, sheers, and semi-sheers.  Expose your windows and let the sun shine in.  Here's what the experts at faAB have to say about the beauty of sheers.

Sheer or semi-translucent fabrics are woven with the finest of threads which allows light to travel through the fabric yet diffuses the view and provides privacy.  Our sheer draperies are manufactured using highly advanced quality fibres and high-tech weaving processes. This makes even the lightest of sheer draperies drape-able and durable.

Use Alone or with Decorative Side Panels

Sheers are used in mainly two ways; as the primary drapery when it is used fully across the width of the drapery pole or as the secondary drapery paired with decorative side panels.

Sheers as Primary Panels

When installing sheers as the primary drapery, it can be a very cost effective and simple solution.  This works with or without shutters or blinds.  Add the shutter or blind when you need to restrict the view, create greater light control, or just like the layered look.

Sheers as Secondary Panels

When paired-up with decorative side panels and those panels are pushed back, the sheers will allow light to fill the room but will knock-out an unwanted view.  As you can see, with the right hardware, it is easy to do.

Use Two to Three Times the Fullness

When using sheer draperies only, the very best results are attained when you use substantial fullness (we suggest a minimum of two times fullness across the rod, even when the drapery is pulled closed). This will give the window elegance, softness and full coverage. And, because sheers and lightweights are often woven as wide width goods up to 118" (300 cm) the fullness is manufactured right into the ready-made panel.

Hide an Unwanted View

Sheer draperies work beautifully to add lightness and openness to a room.  Light will penetrate through the folds of the sheer for a etherial effect, yet provide enough coverage to eliminate unwanted views.

Sheers as Interior Walls

In a studio apartment, a loft, or a large space, use sheers to divide the space and create intimacy.


Sheers Suit Any Room or Style



Get inspired and let in the light this spring!

Boutique Lois Butler is a dealer for faAB, a leader in the custom drapery industry, with 100's of fabric choices and style options to consider.   Come in anytime for a free consultation.