Sheer Magic: The Allure of See-Through Drapes

Nothing says “summer” like the sight of sheer curtains billowing in the breeze of an open window. But translucent drapes can be used successfully in any number of situations, as these six examples demonstrate.

Sheer cream wool curtains in the guest bedroom of a Central Park West apartment by Barry Goralnick

Barry Goralnick: We used the sheerest cream wool for the curtains in the guest room of a Central Park West apartment. There’s a beautiful park view, so we didn’t want anything heavy or obtrusive.

Sheer curtains in the master bedroom of an apartment by Bruce Bierman in the Biltmore, Palm Beach

Bruce Bierman: The essence of summer–sheer curtains billowing in the breeze in the master bedroom of a penthouse apartment in The Biltmore, Palm Beach.

Sheer drapes in a hallway of a Westchester house by Tim Button
Tim Button: This is at the end of the upstairs hall in a house in Westchester; the sheer drapes frame the beautiful window well without covering it too much.

Silver Rain sheers in La Prairie Spa at The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman by Carl D'Aquino

Carl D’Aquino: At the Silver Rain Spa in The Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman, we used sheer curtains to enclose semi-private spaces from public circulation.

A sustainable sheer fabric in a living room in The Visionaire by Tim Button

Tim Button: The translucent curtain fabric, which is sustainable, is made even more visually permeable by a broad, laser-cut-filigree  border pattern.

Unlined sheer linen curtains in a living room by Glenn Gissler

Glenn Gissler: As in this living room, I often use unlined linen as a “sheer” curtaining fabric, and sometimes use lightweight wool for the same effect.