The virtues of voile - chic shade to beat the heat wave!

Whilst we're still embracing the heat wave in the UK and taking every opportunity to throw open the doors and windows to let the light shine in and the fresh breeze blow;

Virtues of Voile Header Image have too much of  a good thing and our homes are still in need of some vital sun protection and welcome shade, in exactly the same way as we are.

Virtues of voiles - white voiles

And whilst there seems to have been somewhat of a blinds renaissance for windows in recent years, with Venetian, vertical, roller and Roman blinds finding favour with home owners seeking stylish and functional solutions for their windows; the much maligned voile curtain has been unfairly overlooked as either a stylish or practical option for dressing windows for way too long - so let's put that right and have a look at the amazing 'Virtues of Voile!

Virtues of voiles - white voiles

To be honest the mere mention of voiles probably conjures up an image in most people's minds of the 'old fashioned' and 'overly fussy' or even 'frilly' net curtains of yesteryear. Not that we're knocking net curtains either, as they can still look effective and even well placed; maybe in a vintage setting for example? But voiles (or sheers as some people prefer to call them) have come a long way in the style stakes and lovely, long, hot, sunny summers are definitely a time to consider giving a stylish home to some stunning voiles! 

Virtues of voiles - white voiles

Voiles or sheers, whichever term you prefer, basically refers to any lightweight, transparent or semi-opaque curtaining fabric rather than a solid one. These lightweight fabrics can be plain or patterned, with woven or printed detail, but either way are designed to look light, floaty and sometimes even dreamy at your windows.

They can be used as a sole window dressing to soften the look of a bare window, or can be used in conjunction with curtains in a layered arrangement which usually involves the sheers being hung first - closest to the window - and then fabric curtains over the top.

Virtues of voiles - white voiles

Apart from looking dreamily romantic or attractive, however, voiles, sheers and lined voiles have two valuable dual purposes - protection and privacy.

Voiles can be used on more or less any scale of window (and in any room), but are particularly effective on large scale windows. They provide a practical level of privacy on such windows without taking too much valuable daylight from the room. From inside a room you can still see a good deal of the outside view beyond the window; but from outside the view into the house/room is effectively obscured, providing privacy.  

Virtues of voiles - white and floral voiles

And in particularly hot and sunny weather, such as we're experiencing at the moment, voiles provide cooling shade and protection. They very effectively diffuse the strength of the sun's harmful rays achieving a two fold benefit. They reduce glare, helping to keep a room cool and shady and provide protection, helping to reduce sun fade on fabrics and furnishings, or damage to other potentially valuable articles or pieces of furniture.

Some patterned or textured voiles can actually give an attractive, dappled-lighting effect to the room as the strong sunlight passes through them creating interesting shapes and shadow patterns.

Virtues of voiles - white voiles on rails

Voiles are simple and easy to hang and can be installed ina number of different ways depending on your choice of voile panel. They are available today with either an eyelet heading to slot quickly and easily onto a pole, with taped headings so that they can be installe donto a track or a pole; and with slot top (also known as rod-pocket) heading which is simply a casing or channel at the top of the voile through which a thin pole, tension rod, net rod or net wire can be inserted. 

Modern production methods and techniques have further enhanced  the attractiveness and appeal of voiles and sheer panels with the inclusion of reflective or metallic threads, textured embroideries and metallic foil blocking.

Virtues of voiles - white voiles on header rails
Get creative with some Sheer Colour! - Voiles have come a long way in colour choice as well and no longer is the palette limited to only white or cream. You can add practical shade with style and colour with today's extensive choice of coloured and patterned voiles and create some stunning summer transformations at your windows; so here's some sheer colour inspiration for you:
Virtues of voiles - pink, teal and green voiles

Plain eyelet headed voiles in a striking colour make a simplistic but stunning statement on tall or wide windows; and hang in beautiful columns to either side of the window, adding colour as well as elegant style.

Virtues of voiles - pink, green and red voiles

Plain slot-top headings are super easy to install and look great on their own or can be dressed up a little with some coordinating lightweight tie-backs.....

Virtues of voiles - different colour beaded tiebacks

...such as our Earle collection available in a veritable rainbow of eye catching colours.

Virtues of voiles - glass and purple beaded tieback

These glass and satin-bead combination accessories are the perfect length and weight for lightweight curtain panels such as voiles; and the glass beads only add to the attractive, light and floaty appearance of the transparent and reflective look and feel of voile.

Virtues of voiles - teal, purple and red voiles

Fixed metal hold backs are another great way of keeping your voile panels elegantly and stylishly tucked back from your windows...

Virtues of voiles - metal holdbacks

.....and create another perfect opportunity to add a bit of styling and detail to your décor or to match other accessories such as your pole or light fittings.

Virtues of voiles - white voiles with purple, red and green pattern

Patterned, floral or striped voiles can look chic and modern or pretty and feminine and can add subtle details without over doing things, so here's just a small collection of the vast range available form our extensive product range at Terry's Fabrics:

Virtues of voiles - white voiles with purple and pink pattern design Virtues of voiles - teal, pink and orange tiebacks Virtues of voiles - white voiles with light blue, purple and green patterns Virtues of voiles - blue, red and purple voiles Virtues of voiles - different coloured stripe voiles Virtues of voiles - close up of eyelet curtains on a pole

And if white and cream is too subtle for you, but you're amongst the colour cautious too, then what a bout some lovely subtle shades of grey to add some mid-tone style to your summer décor and to keep you as cool as a cucumber?

Virtues of voiles - Tuscany charcoal Virtues of voiles - Vintage lace grey Virtues of voiles - Bracken grey Virtues of voiles - Grey trio Virtues of voiles - wildflower orion Virtues of voiles - vinatge grey trio

View our full range of voile and sheer curtains here

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