Different Types of Window Valances
Frame your window with just the right valance
By Josienita Borlongan
Plain window treatments will look finished with the addition of window valances, which are window treatments that hang on top of window coverings. They come in myriad lengths, fabrics and styles. Buy them from home improvement, department and drapery stores, or make them from scratch. Choose the right type of valance to complement the style of your window treatments.
A tailored valance is a plain topper that is flat, square or rectangular. It looks tailored because of its clean, straight lines. There is no inner stuffing such as those found in some balloon valances. Attach a tailored valance to a piece of lumber, then hang it on top of the window using L-hooks, or insert a rod through the pockets. Add depth by gathering the top of the tailored valance to create pleats. Use tailored valances in a variety of decorating styles, from traditional to contemporary designs.
Soften the look of a room with billowing balloon valances. Gather the lightweight fabric and insert stuffing of tissue paper or plastic bags to add a pouf. Or create the pouf without the stuffing by sewing the top seams tightly in intervals. Hang balloon valances using rods. Use balloon shades in a formal or traditional room. Add a romantic and feminine touch to a girl's bedroom with balloon valances.
The shape of an ascot valance is triangular. Use soft fabrics such as sheers and cotton for an informal look, or use lined fabrics such as velvet and silks for a more formal look. Purchase ready-made ascot valances from department stores. Embellish the pointed end of the ascot valance with buttons, tassels, beads, pearls, buttons and ornaments to add flair.
Often used in a formal setting, a swag valance is more ornate in appearance, created by draping the fabric over the rod. Leave both ends hanging. Hang it on top of drapery panels or a plain window to soften the edges.
Hang a scarf valance on the rod in loose loops. Use scarf holders such as hooks, medallions or rings to hang the scarf on each side. Choose lighter, unlined fabrics such as sheers and organza to create a scarf. Embellish with fringes, ribbons, beads and tassels to the bottom of the scarves to add more character. Use a scarf valance in an informal room such as a romantic bedroom.
Make a cornice valance if you prefer a more structured look. Build cornice boards made of wood and moldings. Add carvings and wood relief to decorate the front. Paint the wood with a color that will complement the room or the fabric used for the drapes. Upholster the wood with cotton batting and matching fabric to soften the appearance. Choose the ornate design for a more formal look; keep it plain and simple for an informal look.
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Josie Borlongan is a regular contributor to DexKnows.
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