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How to layer sheer and blackout curtains

Curtains play a multitude of roles: they block out or let in light as you need it, they look good, and they elevate the style of your space. They are a key tool in the interior design toolbox because they have significant form and function in the home. They are also one of the quickest ways to give your home a budget-friendly facelift or change up the colour scheme of a given room. Moreover, you can layer them to create custom window treatments that suit your needs! In this article, we’re exploring how to layer sheer and blackout curtains to customise your windows and filter out light the way you need 🌒✨.


Different Ways to Layer Blackout Curtains


Blackout curtains are a great way to block more light from a particular room. If you work odd hours, do shifts, are a light sleeper or simply want to be able to sleep in with ease, blackout curtains are a must-have 😍. Something you might not know, though, is that you can layer sheer and blackout curtains to increase coverage and enhance the style of the room. Curtains don’t have to be boring! So let’s look at how to layer them effectively:


Blackout Curtains over Sheer Curtains


The most popular way to layer curtains is to place blackout curtains over sheer curtains. When you layer curtains like this, you give yourself greater control over the amount of light you want in that room ☀️.


For example, when the blackout curtains are closed, all daylight is blocked out. This is great if you work late, night shifts, or want a good sleep-in 😴. The room stays incredibly dark and comfortable.


When you draw the blackout curtains, you allow sunlight into the room but it is still filtered by the sheer curtains. This way, there is natural light in the room but still privacy from the outside world 👀


When the blackout and sheer curtains are open, you have maximum light and airflow in the space. Your privacy is compromised this way, but you have control over when and for how long your windows are totally open. As we said, you can always close the sheer curtains and still get a lot of natural light.


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Sheer Curtains over Blackout Curtains


The next most popular option is to layer the sheer curtains over the blackouts. In doing so, you soften the appearance of the blackouts, which can be a bit simplistic in a more luxurious or stylised space. Don’t take it the wrong way: blackout curtains can be beautiful, but if you want to create a really intricate look, you can layer them with sheer curtains for effect 🧵🪡. Sheer curtains have an awesome flowing character to them that can't be beaten.

Choose the Best Colour Scheme


The colour of your curtains matters, too! The colours you choose affect the look and feel of your room, so it takes some consideration. In the past, blackout curtains were made in dark colours whilst sheer curtains were made from light colours. These days, you can have custom blackout curtains made in a variety of colours! 🌈


You can try a traditional look with a set of neutral blackout curtains and light-coloured sheers. Or, you can try a more dramatic look, choosing a bold colour that accentuates your decor. You can even match your sheer and blackout curtains for a coordinated, understated look!


There are so many options available when you choose to create custom blackout curtains and sheers. The world is your oyster, particularly when you partner with custom window treatment specialists like us. Take your space to the next level and unlock your style potential with our great offering.