Privacy blinds and curtains

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Blinds and curtains for privacy are more popular than the frosted type film which is permanent. Most people want some degree of flexible cover on their windows during the day.

Blinds and curtains for privacy are more popular than the frosted type film which is permanent. Most people want some degree of flexible cover on their windows during the day. A voile or sheer acts as both as a deterrent against burglars, and as a coverup from nosy neighbours. Main curtains or blinds can be combined with sheer blinds or curtains to give flexibility during the daytime and when night falls. Without some kind of screening for daytime use it’s like living in a goldfish bowl, especially if you happen to live on the ground floor.

Light is important to most of us so it’s often important cut out as little as possible, but still maintain some privacy. There are many textured, plain and patterned fabrics on the market. All let in different degrees of light. At night, when an internal light is on they are of course more see through and shapes can be seen from the outside, which is why you may also need a thicker or lined curtain or blind.

Options, options…here are just some!

Sheer flat panel

A contemporary version of the net curtain is the sheer or voile flat panel. Most often used on the lower half of sash windows. They are easily attached either by Velcro or on a rod and can be taken down and laundered with minimum fuss. Stiffened versions are also possible but these cannot be laundered and are less practical with small children due to creasing when handling.

Privacy curtain for sash windows

voile, net, privacy curtain

Sheer roller blind
There are top down or bottom up versions. Both can be rolled away neatly and take up minimum window space. They are highly versatile and come in a variety of textures. Most popular are linen and muslin textures. They cannot be laundered, though you can vacuum them with light suction. A benefit is that when you open your windows in summer, they tend to stop flies coming in.

privacy blinds and curtains
Voile roller blinds – top down
privacy blinds and curtains
Voile roller blind – bottom up
Modern voile curtains

For most people traditional nylon net curtains are a no no, though there is still a market for them.  Homeowners generally look for simple, clean,  structured window dressings that work with today’s modern, clean lined furniture. Less is more these days, especially if you have great window architecture.  Voile fabric can be plain and white or off white, or dark, patterned, textured and even laser cut. There are hundreds of permutations all offering a different look and feel.  Popular sheer curtain headings are pinch pleat, wave and eyelet to name but a few.

Voile pinch pleat curtains
Voile pinch pleat curtains
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