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How To Choose A Valance

Valances are window treatments made from fabric that cover only the top portion of the window. Traditionally they were used to cover up window treatment hardware, but today they are used both with other window treatments and on their own. A valance can soften the lines of blinds or roller shade as well as frame an otherwise bare window. It can dress up plain curtain panels, creating a more professional look and adding an air of sophistication to a space.

Types Of Valances

Once you’ve decided to use a valance on your window, you’ll have to figure out what type of valance will work best with your décor. Pleated valances come in several types. Box pleat valances are generally more tailored and have a straighter line. They work well when you’re looking for a crisp, neat finish. Pinch pleated types are more formal and echo high-end draperies. A spaced pleat is slightly more casual. Other options include swags, which are higher in the middle than the ends, and jobots, which are draped – these include widow scarves

Choose Your Style

Your choice should harmonize with the rest of your room décor. A sleek, modern room won’t benefit from a fussy-looking selection, for example. Select a straight option or one with a box pleat. If you’re pairing your valance with a set of curtain panels or drapes, make sure they have similar styles. You can mix and match color and pattern, but it’s wise to keep in the same style family.
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