Accessorizing Your Windows
Take your window décor even further by adding a valance to your curtains, drapes, or shades. Valancescan “finish” a window, adding drama and interest as well as warmth to a room. These window treatments come in many different styles and fabrics, making them ideal for most rooms.
What is a valance?
A valance is a decorative window treatment that hangs on the top of the window. They cover a portion of the existing window treatment. They can also stand on their own as the sole window treatment.
There are several types of valances and top treatments
you can choose from, and each lends a different mood to your décor. An ascot valance is v-shaped and may be trimmed with tassels or beads. These add a more traditional feel. Balloon valances are puffy and usually have sharp pleats. A balloon valance is very feminine and seen in country décor. A swag valance has a draped appearance and makes a dramatic statement. Waterfall valances cascade down toward the floor, softening the window further. There are also scarf valances, which are very casual and easy; they are simply wound loosely around the curtain rod and are often hung asymmetrically for interest.
When choosing a valance, keep in mind that the measurement of the should be at least twice the width of the window to allow for proper drape.