9 chic curtain panels to let in that sunlight and summer breeze

Throwing (a little) shade

Pink sheer curtain by a bright green couch
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While winter is all about heavy blackout curtains and cozy drapes, summer is most definitely the time to welcome that golden hour glow into your home. And picking a curtain panel with light-filtering properties is the best way to do this!

Designed to let in just enough soft sunlight by acting as a diffuser, sheer and semi-sheer window panels provide varying levels of privacy and come in a ton of fabrics, styles, and colors.

To help narrow down your search, I’ve scoured all the best sites and pulled together my top nine picks for this summer. Plus, they’re all single panels — so they'll work in your digs even if you don't have supersize windows or doors. I’ve got you, girl!

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FAQs about curtain panels

Which types of fabrics are best for letting light in?

All of these window panels have been designed with diffusing light in mind — but the type and style of fabric that’s been used plays a major role in determining just how much light gets through.

Typically made from synthetic fabrics like polyester, sheer chiffon, and netted voile, styles tend to be translucent and will therefore likely let in more light.

Depending on their color and pattern, natural materials like cotton and linen window panels can also be a great option for letting in some light. But they aren’t typically as sheer as ones made from synthetic fibers.

How else can you use window panels in your home?

The perfect functional yet fashionable privacy solution, there’s no reason why you can’t also use window panels in other areas of your home. When used with a tension rod, slightly more opaque panels can work really well as room dividers or in doorways.

Can I put my window panel in the washing machine?

It depends what material your window panel is made from, but the general rule of thumb is that most polyester or cotton window panels are fine to go on a cold wash. But be sure to check the label for more precise washing instructions.

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