Alternatives to Net Curtains: Top Styling Tips for Maximum Security

Adele Shotton-Pugh | Posted

Net curtains are still a relatively popular window dressing option as they allow a significant amount of daylight into the home whilst still keeping your home private. They are an especially popular choice for living areas such as the lounge and dining room.

However, their design cold be seen as a little dated as time moves on and if you find yourself getting bored of your window dressing it could be time to move on and consider some of the alternatives there are out there to net curtains. You may find that not only do these new, modern options for window dressing bring a lot of style into your home, but they could dramatically improve the security and privacy of your home.

Net curtains are a popular choice due to their ability to let some light in whilst keeping prying eyes out, but in certain settings they can work to date a room and its overall design. Luckily, there are now a variety of modern alternatives to net curtains.

Venetian Blinds

Venetian blinds are made from horizontal slats and can be purchased in a variety of colours, materials and sizes. Usually, venetian blinds sit inside the window recess and therefore allow the architectural features of the window to be on display; perfect if you have an impressive window design you want to show off. They can be paired with curtains if you are looking to further dress the window or even increase privacy, but they look great on their own.

A hand adjusting the top of a white venetian blind

During the day the blinds can provide an impressive amount of privacy when the slats are angled in a specific way whilst still allowing daylight to seep through. At night the slats can then be closed if necessary, for complete privacy and darkness. The versatility of venetian blinds makes them perfect for any room in the house; from living areas to bedrooms.

Vertical Blinds

Vertical blinds are another great alternative to net curtains, they too provide privacy whilst still allowing daylight to enter the room. They are flexible and allow you to control the amount of privacy and light you allow into the room. In the past they have commonly been used in offices and have been considered to be a formal type of blind however vertical blinds are now cementing their place in the world of home interior design.

White vertical blinds in a modern grey and cream bathroom

They have become more popular in recent years as they offer a clean cut, modern look and work especially well in contemporary homes. Vertical blinds work best in modern homes and come in a variety of colours, shades and finishes so that there is something for everyone.

Wooden Blinds

A type of venetian blind, wooden blinds are an incredibly popular choice for the home. When choosing wooden blinds, you have a variety of wood types and finishes to choose from; all available in a variety of colours. You can choose natural wood, stained wood and fauxwood among others. Wooden blinds can suit a number of homes with various decorative styles from modern to traditional depending on the style and finish you go for.

Roman Blinds

Traditionally roman blinds block out a lot of light which is why they wouldn’t necessarily be the first choice for an alternative to net curtains. However, by choosing a thinner, lighter coloured fabric they can make a great choice.

A white, sheer fabric roman blind can allow a nice amount of daylight into the home on sunnier days but offers a lot more privacy than net curtains and will bring an updated, modern feel to the home. Roman blinds are a really popular window dressing and offer a sleek and elegant design. A white, sheer blind would be a perfect addition to any minimalistic home design.

Voile Curtain Panels

Voile curtain panels and nets are essentially the same thing however for those who are a little less willing to part with net curtains, they offer a variety of choice. Depending on your fabric choice they can look a lot more modern, with some slightly opaquer options or coloured options. There are various colour, material and pattern options that will help you avoid the dated feel that net curtains could bring with them.

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