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The layering of unlined sheer drapes is one of the most significant changes in window treatment style today. This look is especially great in bohemian or Boho-Chic style inspired rooms. What is "Boho- Chic" style? It is a feminine or romantic mixture of eclectic, rustic, vintage, retro and 1970s elements pulled together with a modern touch.
In other words, it is an homage to gypsy glamour. There are no rules, which makes Boho-Chic great for creative people who like pushing boundaries. To achieve this look you can, use two or more layers of curtains in different weights or colours to give maximum choice as to how they hang, move and let in, or keep out light. If you like a lot of light, or glimmers of light in your rooms, layers are a great idea. If you want this look and still want to exclude light, or need privacy at night, you can consider using shutters or blackout shades to enable you to achieve the glamour of a less formal, unlined look.
When layering, look for simplicity and lightness in terms of style and design, because you may end up with three of more layers of fabric. For example, each panel can be made of two layers of fabric in contrasting colours which is especially nice when using iridescent colours in chiffons, voiles or nylons. Valances and swags are optional in achieving this look. Wrought iron rods, poles and decorative rings are a great choice and very visible when using sheer layered curtains, which are very easy to find in today's market. Choose styles that are simple and do not need much fixing.
Please don't be mistaken; "unlined" and "simple" does not necessarily "mean easy to make". Working with sheers can be tricky. If anything, this type of curtain could prove to be even more difficult to make, as every seam is visible. It is essential (especially with sheer fabrics) to use wider widths; namely 110" or 90" fabrics and avoid joining where possible.
Be very generous with the amounts of fabrics used in order to achieve the free flowing effect that epitomises layering. Widths should be at least three times the fullness of the space you wish to cover. Fringe, tassels and tiebacks can be used as little or as much as is needed.
Accessorising detail can add a world of whimsy. You can measure panels so they puddle on the floor slightly, making the room appear larger. The layers can be in any order and in any weight. The finest sheers do not need to be the under-curtain, but can be used to add a dimension of glamour, as well as functionality. You can mix different weights, different colours, and different textures. The choice are endless, and the effects stunning.
Here are a few bold colour combinations that will look great together, adding fun and life to white, beige and off-white walls (which I know a lot of renters can identify with)...burnt orange and fiery rust; mossy green, golden yellow and mustard; deep burgundy, wine red and avocado; and terracotta and bamboo. Fill your space with plush fabrics in strong colours; don't be afraid to mix contrasting colours and a range of different textures together. Your fabrics like bedding and curtains should be coordinated, rather than matching.
Lots of fabric will give the room a comfy, luxurious feel. For a more minimalistic approach, try using one colour in lavish panels...a room filled with layers and layers of white, off white, or lavender (if that's the look you are trying to achieve) can be heavenly.
VOILA! Now that you have some fresh ideas in your mind on how to use sheers, you are ready to get out and start on your rooms…Enjoy!