Voile Roman Blinds & Sheer Window Shades

Swooned on for their dreamy visual appeal and sought after in light-loving spaces, sheer roman blinds can paint any home with ethereal charm. Where a non-sheer blind would deprive you of natural light altogether and a bare window would expose the interiors to sun glare and curious bypassers, voile roman blinds allow light inflow while also providing privacy.

Alongside these benefits, The White Window’s made-to-measure sheer roman blinds also offer the luxe appeal of bespoke couture - a one-of-its-kind beauty that no mass-produced blind can ever deliver.  Because - with the infinite design potential that only fabrics possess - of donning any colour, pattern and texture - our sheer blinds can cater to all aesthetic tastes and decor styles. So, enjoy dressing your home with this unique luxury, but before you shop, lay your hands on all the information you need to specify the perfect voile blinds for your home’s settings.

Dressing a Home with the Soft Chic of Sheer Roman Blinds

Every room can be dressed up in the translucent beauty of sheer blinds, but certain places are especially etched out for them - like living rooms, basements, kitchens, laundry rooms and bathrooms. These rooms benefit from being flushed with soft daylight and don’t require a strict level of privacy, especially during the night. In other rooms where privacy needs to be guaranteed, such as bedrooms, net blinds can be layered up with non-sheers, and act as privacy-guaranteers and the first line of defence against light, heat and dust during the day. 

Unless leaving the window bare voices your decor style or makes the space more functional, we recommend considering voile blinds for every window of the home. From the multi-purpose living room to the versatile basement, every space can benefit from the translucent beauty and non-intrusive presence of sheer blinds, as described in detail below -

Diffused Sunlight for Living Rooms

A generous dose of natural light is preferred in living rooms because, well, this is where the entire family’s ‘living’ happens. This is where kids do their homework, family catches up on daily updates, and where the couch becomes a cuddle station, a reading nook and a movie theatre with equal ease. 

You want plenty of natural light here to facilitate all these activities but certainly not at the cost of your family’s privacy and not with the sunlight’s glare interfering with your laptop’s screen or precious weekend TV time. This is where voile roman blinds become extremely handy. They filter the incoming light and tone down its harsh glare so that the light will neither blind you, nor the screens.    

When the room gets bathed in a soft diffused light, it is also calming and rejuvenating. The energy and freshness of the space inspire you to be more active, whereas a dark closed-off space could make you feel sleepy and bored. Besides, if your aesthetic taste is all about light and airy looks, nothing can assure that as much as sheer blinds. 

Think of a white semi-sheer roman blind like Verity on your living room’s windows and you are assured of softly diffused natural light all day. With a palette that adds serenity to the space rather than the bustle of patterns or the fizz of colour, this roman blind could be a timeless choice to go with all your wall paint experiments and evolving tastes. 

While white voile blinds like Verity have been the staples in living rooms for these reasons, you can indulge in colours and patterns that suit your taste, and regardless of the choice, you’re assured of a light-filled airy space because that’s the essence of sheer roman blinds.

Daytime Privacy for Intimate Rooms

Bedrooms need high-grade insulation to maintain a desirable room temperature besides foolproof privacy during the night. Standalone, sheer blinds are not capable of meeting these needs to the desired degree. But then, some benefits - like the soft elegance of diffused light and visual access to a lovely garden beyond the window without compromising privacy - only become possible with voile roman blinds

Therefore, interior designers and homeowners rely on the flawless teamwork of inset sheer roman blinds and floor-touching blackout curtains. One is sleek, light and breathing; the other is sumptuous and insulative. Besides, the possibilities brought on with one layer opening upward and the other sideward add more versatility to the aspects of light control and privacy. In small bedrooms where every inch matters much, sheer blinds are more relieving than sheer curtains as, snugly fit inside the window’s recess, roman blinds demand neither wall space nor floor space. 

Another popular combination is inset sheer blinds and outside-mounted blackout roman blinds.  This is the most space-efficient set of window treatments for bedrooms. It is perfectly in line with the clean-line simplistic aesthetics of minimalist homes. It is also the best way forward for space-constricted bedrooms and windows that have inbuilt seating or radiators underneath.

Adding a layer of voile roman blinds to blackout treatments in bedrooms not only adds more options for light control but also serves as a design opportunity to mix colours, patterns and fabrics. Often, clients choose to design one layer in patterns and the other in a solid colour that accents it. Or, one layer sports a neutral hue and the other a ‘pop-colour’ that resonates with the overall decor. And, a linen blind might serve as the sheer layer while a velvet blind with a blackout lining offers the glamour element of the bedroom, creating the beauty of contrast by juxtaposing two rich textures.

Airiness for Bathrooms, Laundry Rooms & Kitchens

Unhindered air circulation and plenty of natural light are required in rooms that have high exposure to water and moisture. Otherwise, they’ll become unhygienic with stagnant odours and mildew infestation. So, bathrooms, laundry rooms and kitchens call for transparent lightweight blinds that block neither light nor air while on duty. 

Secondly, since long window treatments can get in the way of function, and be at a high risk of getting drenched, perfect-fit inside-mounted voile blinds prove better candidates with their sleek structure that stays farther and safer from potential splashes. All in all, the windows in these spaces are most efficiently designed when dressed with sheer roman blinds.

Be cautioned, however, of using voile blinds as the sole treatment in bathrooms where windows are at eye level and face busy neighbourhoods. Here, you can add another layer of privacy with frosted glass or glass films and so on.

If the window is too small, consider mounting the roman shade in the ‘outside mounting position’ rather than in the window’s recess. This entails mounting the roman blind a few inches higher on the wall, so when the blind is rolled up, it stacks on the wall above instead of taking up space on the small window itself. This also tricks the mind into thinking that the window is larger than it is.

Besides offering privacy, roman blinds offer the perfect excuse to bring a dash of colour, the delicate beauty of texture or the dynamism of pattern to these utility-oriented spaces. Since kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms are places of intense activity often dominated by the hardiness of stones and tiles, voile roman blinds offer an element of contrast, softness and interest to an otherwise mundane space.

A bright floral roman shade like Cheddar could be such a lovely addition to a laundry room, for example. The burst of orange and the lightheartedness of the patterns together bring a spot to cheer when at the boring task of laundry. Similar is the case with kitchens and bathrooms, usually a sweeping flow of neutral hues where a punch of colour is more than welcome as a pleasing visual break. And between the piles of undone chores, the playful intervention of colour-packed patterns or the soothing presence of soft hues could be just what you need to save the day.

Breezy Aesthetics for Basement Area

Basements have come a long way from serving as wine cellars and dark storage rooms, to doubling up as rumpus rooms, guest rooms and home theatres. But, their windows remain the same teeny sizes, often placed awkwardly close to the ceiling. Nothing can change these architectural facts that make basement windows the bane of interior designers and homemakers alike. 

While some clients may want to leave the basement windows bare to maximise light, if you’re considering dressing them for other reasons, sheer roman blinds come highly recommended. They allow for continuous streaming of natural light and fresh air instead of shutting off the space completely from the outdoors, thus still saving the basement from a dungeon-like darkness, stuffiness and eeriness. Besides, they are best fit for basements aesthetically too as they are in reasonable proportion to the modest window size as opposed to long curtains that are disproportionately overscaled.

When designed in the same fabric colour as the walls, sheer blinds sink into the backdrop.  Instead of standing out and highlighting the awkward position and size of the window, they offer excellent functionality without making their presence felt.

In addition, if you have stylised the basement beautifully and use it as a spare bedroom or guestroom, made-to-measure roman blinds are just what you need to round off the decor on a bespoke note.

Tips to Style Your Voile Roman Blinds

Whether you want to soften a space that looks too austere, chime in with the whimsy of a nursery or accentuate the casual charm of a space with softly filtering light, voile blinds lend their sheerness and daintiness to achieve the goal. But, the choice of material itself is only a small part of the decision. There are more design decisions to be made and here are our stylists’ top recommendations to get them right:

Be Intentional About the Lining Decision

While we advise lining all roman shades, sheers are the sole and worthy exception. No doubt that lining comes with a host of benefits, but when used behind sheers, the inherent benefits of using sheers are at stake. With sheer blinds, you can create the bright and breezy looks of a seaside holiday home wherein everything from the rugs and upholstery to the walls and ceilings is coated with the soft gloss of the sunlight. Lining the sheers will limit these prospects. 

However, if this light and airy look was not part of your vision and you’ve simply fallen for a sheer fabric for other reasons, then lining sheer blinds is not a bad idea. Amongst other benefits, lining offers weight and structure to an otherwise lightweight sheer fabric, allowing for a more tailored look for your roman blinds. 

We do recommend, however, to carefully consider the choice of lining colour. Our privacy lining is white and blackout lining is offered in grey and beige. Since the lining colour will have some impact on the finished face colour of a sheer blind, our stylists advise picking a lining colour that aligns most closely with your chosen face fabric.

Choose a Palette/Pattern that Forwards Your Vision

Before you choose the fabric, define your vision for the window you’re going to dress. Are you looking for white blinds that sink into your white walls and modern pared-back architecture? Or, are you looking for any neutral-hued roman blind that counterbalances the colour and clutter of the room? Or, are you looking to add diversity to the scheme of the room by going for a vibrant colour or attractive pattern? When you have answered these questions, you’ll know what exactly to look for. 

For a light and airy feeling, go for pristine whites like that of Texture Check blinds. To add more layered beauty to a space generously rigged with wood floors and ply joinery, consider shades of beige and soft brown such as in our linen-textured Suede voile blinds. And, to break the monotony of plain colours, consider patterned weaves and colourful motifs as in our semi-sheer Glee blinds whose tasselled ornamentation adds the perfect degree of zing to a bohemian living room or kids’ room.

Add Visual Interest with Tassels and Trims

Don’t miss the opportunity to add character to your sheer blinds and flaunt their bespoke beauty when you have over 200 trims and tassels from The White Window at your disposal. These add colour, texture and a beautiful personality to your space. From ribbon trims that add a sophisticated touch to fringe trims and pompoms that add a soft elegance, there’s the possibility to accentuate the visual impact of the roman shade as well as to relay your personality and the mood of the space. Let your creative vision lead you. 

Know your Fold Style Options 

The White Window offers its roman blinds in three fold styles - flat folds with front slats, flat folds with back slats and relaxed/Euro style. You can read all about them in our detailed Roman Blinds Style Guide. But, as regards sheer roman blinds specifically, here are a few things to consider when choosing the fold style for your shades.

  • The back-slatted style requires lining for its construction. So, unless you’re planning to line your sheers, this style does not qualify for sheer roman blinds.

  • If considering the European/relaxed style, note that the depth and shapeliness of the swag bottom depends on the weight and pliability of the fabric, and size of the shade. Since sheers are lightweight, we recommend fabrics that are not too stiff and the shade size not too small, so that the swag can curve gently/deeply in the centre organically.

  • Regardless of the fold style, be aware that the silhouettes of the hardware behind might be slightly noticeable on the front side as the fabric is sheer. 

In Closing

Voile roman blinds are a great place to start your window decor as they provide a moderate level of privacy. Later, you can layer them with opaque treatments in rooms where you need night-time privacy and/ or higher insulation. Voile blinds ring in the surreal charm of softened light as the sun’s golden exuberance tinges every element of the room. So, welcome light while evading unwelcome gazes and the blinding brightness of the noon sun. Explore The White Window’s curated collection of sheer roman blinds to find the one that’s most suitable for your home!