The Skinny on Wide-Width Sheers
The Skinny on Wide-Width Sheers
During my recent discussion with Catherine Croner, Design Director at Cowtan & Tout, the topic of wide-width sheers was introduced. Her latest collection for Fall 2013 included several. When asked what influenced her decision to include these seamless, sheer-yet-substantial designs, she explained…
“Designers continue to want softness around the window as well a filter for natural light. We have found that some designers would prefer not to have the fussiness of full blown layered window treatment, so we approached the idea of the ‘under curtain’ as though it would be the top or finished layer. The wide-width ‘sheers’ we’ve introduced—mostly linen based fabrics that are a bit more decorative with varying densities—have hit the mark, offering a clean and tailored alternative to layered treatments with the convenience of double width which eliminates much of the seaming.”
The space below, designed by our friends at the Minneapolis firm Martha O’Hara Interiors, illustrates Catherine’s point beautifully. The sheers add softness, perhaps a subtle pattern or texture, yet don’t detract from the furnishings or mask the room’s bright natural light.
Beach Style Living Room by Minneapolis Interior Designers & Decorators Martha O’Hara Interiors


Sheers by Cowtan and Tout From Cowtan & Tout
1. Cavalli 2. Grand Bazaar 3. Terrace Stripe 4. Lenora
Sheers | Cellini from Romo Cellini washable, wide-width linen sheers from Romo
Birch by Romo
Birch linen mix decorative sheer with chevron stripe from Romo
La Belle Collection by Duralee
From Duralee, the new La Belle Collection includes 88 decorative flame-resistant sheer fabrics
Abelia from Romo
Abelia lightweight linen mix decorative sheer from Romo
Alister by Hodsoll McKenzie
Alister wide-width linen sheer appliqued with jute circles from Hodsoll McKenzie.
Remember, the KDR Window Covering Department offers an extensive selection of decorative hardware to compliment your sheer window treatements including Paris Texas Hardware, The Finial Company, JAB Drapery Hardware, Kirsch, Iron Art by Orion and Select Drapery Hardware.
Image Credits: Houzz, Martha O’Hara, Cowtan & Tout, Romo and Duralee.
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