Many of us are familiar with net curtains from visits to our grandmothers â the see-through, lacy curtains that allowed light to gently filter into a room. They had a particular ability to allow privacy without impairing visibility, meaning that people inside a home could see out, while remaining hidden from anyone who might want to see in. However, some people might wonder if these pretty forms of privacy might just be a bit outdated now â perhaps they would do best to stay at Grannyâs house.
Net curtains are related to voile, a translucent window material that is perfect for warm climates and breezy rooms. Some think of these types of curtains as dignified and elegant, while others consider them passÃ© and frilly. The truth is, there are certain benefits to net curtains. They are superb at protecting your privacy and allowing soft, filtered light into a room. They are also ideal for places that suffer the occasional heat wave, as theyâre thin enough to allow air to move around and through them. However, because they are so sheer, theyâre not particularly effective insulators.
All this being said, itâs important to consider the aesthetics. If you are going for a sleek, modern look in your home, then net curtains might not be the ideal choice for you. However, if you have a classic look and taste, then it might be worth giving your grandmotherâs old living room set a quick wash (net curtains are usually machine washable, as long as you run them on delicate).
The truth is, many people seem to have a problem with the frilly, overdone curtains of yesteryear, praising their savvy privacy protection while finding them extremely outdated. Itâs a chintzy look that doesnât always quite fit in with modern design sensibilities â more like the over flowingly detailed dÃ©cor of the sixties and seventies.
With this in mind, there are certainly ways to reclaim old-fashioned tastes for the modern age. If your heart is set on net curtains, consider a pattern thatâs a little more muted and less overbearing â itâll ease the aura of grand motherliness while reinforcing a sense of the retro in your dÃ©cor. Of course, you should avoid pairing net curtains with svelte modern designs; they simply wonât match.
If you want the privacy, feeling, and light-softening ability of net curtains but want to avoid the old-fashioned sensibility, you can opt instead for voile. This sheer curtain has the benefits of net curtains without the vintage look, and fits into the decoration of a house in the 21st century while maintaining a softness â and leaving behind the excessive laciness.
To make a long story short â yes, net curtains are considered old-fashioned. After their extreme popularity in past decades, itâs hard not to look at them and think of a bygone era. If you have your heart set on them, match your dÃ©cor and go for it, but remember that their benefits of gentle light exposure and privacy can be found in more modern options.
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