Good Questions: Blackout Lining for Silk Curtains?

Good Questions: Blackout Lining for Silk Curtains?

Colleen Quinn
Jan 12, 2009

ATDC reader Jaime needs help preserving the look of new silk curtains:

"Hi ATDC! I purchased custom-made drapery consisting of sheers and solid dupioni silk panels. The lengths are too short so they're currently being corrected. The main issue is that when they were installed, I noticed that the solid silk panel appears much darker when the natural light shines through. You can see in one image where the same fabric is on the floor, it appears much lighter, as well as at the bottom of the panel. They are lined, but they don't have blackout lining which can be added. Does blackout lining really block the sun and show the true appearance/color of the front of the fabric? Is it worth it?

I'm not sure if that will even make enough difference and at this point I'm thinking that I should have gone with an ivory/white panel since I have white lamps and modern decor. What do you guys think? Does this look good or should I just go with blinds instead? Thanks so much!"

(Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. Email questions and pics with QUESTIONS in subject line to: dc(at)apartmenttherapy(dot)com)

Blackout lining will minimize the color difference that you are seeing in the panels, and should help prevent fading from the sun. Based on the pictures, we think the bigger issue is the difference in length between the sheers and the panels, and possibly the brass curtain rod. Do you have other brass in the room that you are trying to match? If not, we think a silver or black curtain pole would fit more with a modern style room.

Do our readers have any drapery advice to share?

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