How do you pronounce Voile, Vwal or Voil?

There are many misconceptions regarding voile, from pronunciation to how to style it! The name ‘voile’ originates from the french and literally means ‘veil’. Here at Net Curtains Direct we pronounce voile as “voy-ul”. Voiles can also be referred to as ’sheers’ or ‘drapes’.
Voile is a semi sheer fabric that provides the perfect balance of both privacy and natural daylight. For windows facing directly onto the street, net curtains or voiles hung across the window with plenty of gather are ideal for privacy. A light coloured, finely woven voile would be the least distracting to your decor and will let in the most natural day light through the window. For windows and patio/bi-fold doors that are not over looked, voile can be used as drawn curtains, hung on the outside of your window on a pole, that will soften the hard lines of a window frame and have the flexibility to be pulled on chilly days.

Sofia Sunshine Voile Curtain


Sofia Sunshine Voile Curtain



Voiles are looked to by many as the modern alternative to net curtains. The stigma associated with ‘old fashioned’ nets seem to scare off many younger home owners and renters. A natural looking voile tends to be more approachable. I would love to take this opportunity to represent the humble net and tell you how very far they have come over the years. We have carefully considered our net curtain range to offer something for everybody, including understated, neutral designs such as Laura, a collection of plain designs, varying in quality and price, such as our top rated Plain net curtain and a contemporary wild floral in Ruth. We are very proud of our whole net curtain range and are excited to have some fantastic new designs coming very soon.

silky 'Serenade' voile & textured 'Kensington" voile


Silky ‘Serenade’ voile & textured ‘Kensington” voile



We are often told by customers that they do not like nets but really need some privacy at home. We have had a big call for muslin style curtains at an affordable price and we feel that voiles are a great solution. Firstly voiles can be dyed many colours and can be as subtle or as proud as you intend. We have many fantastic imitation faux cotton and silk designs which can give you a quality and designer style on any budget. Genuine natural cotton and linen voiles tend to be slightly more opaque than some polyester voiles and are a great light weight curtain alternative.

Kensington Cream Pure Linen Voile Panel


Kensington Cream Pure Linen Voile Panel



Voile curtains are extremely versatile and can be styled in variety of ways. Voiles are woven very finely and hang fluidly into soft folds, providing an organic and romantic style. They can be hung in a pair and simply styled alone. Voile curtains can also be made with lining for warmth and further blackout. Voile curtains can be used to compliment your heavy weight curtains in matching or contrasting colour, neatly hung behind on a track. Also voile curtains can be dressed in front of roman or wood slatted blinds to soften the corners of the window.
Let our ‘shopping options’ to the left of the Voile Curtain Range guide you to the best design for you, including a really handy density rating and composition filter if you are specifically after a natural voile.
Please take advantage of our free sample service to discover the different types of voiles at home. Look at the samples at different times of the day to see how day light can alter colour.
Happy shopping 🙂

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