Styling Your Windows with Valances

If roller blinds and roller shades are the icing of interior decorating, then valances are the cherry on top. Valances are meant to hide the mechanics of window coverings along the top and simultaneously give the room an artistic flair. Not only is there a myriad of fabrics and patterns you can choose from, but there is also a dizzying selection of valance styles.

Here are some classics mixed with some eclectics:


This is a fully hemmed fabric that’s usually stretched over a solid valance. It’s pleated down the middle where the top edge rises up into a pointed arch. It’s often used to soften the straight lines of a room by throwing some curves into the mix.


The fabric for this valance is measured out to more than the required dimensions of the window so that it can be bunched together at regular intervals along the bottom edge to create sections of fabric that balloon outward. The luxurious style of this valance is made even more dramatic when used with silk or satin fabrics hemmed by a decorative fringe.


This valance is vertically pleated so that it’s divided into several box-shaped segments. It’s a look of reserved elegance that has its place in master bedrooms resplendent with a majestic four-poster bed.


This look is created with fabric that’s much wider than the width of the window so that the material can be gathered into stylish folds. When decorative tassels or fringes are added to the bottom edge, it gives the room a burst of personality.


This is simply fabric that’s hung on both ends of the valance with the middle section swooping downwards. This valance gives the room a carefree and whimsical look.


Often stretched over a solid valance, its bottom edge is cut into patterns of geometric shapes that suit any look you want to create. It’s a versatile way to complement or bring balance to interior décor while adding character. For example, if you’ve got a lot of sharp angles and edges in the room, you can cut semi-circular patterns into the bottom valance edge to tone down everything. If you want to add a structured look to the room, use square or rectangular patterns.


This is a straightforward hanging valance measured exactly to the window’s width, without any fancy pleats or shapes. It fits very well in a minimalist décor while bringing a pop of colour and warmth.


The cascading step effect of this valance is created by layering fabrics of different heights. It’s great for rooms with multiple windows as the horizontal lines of the stepped valance visually connect all the windows together.

It’s hard not to go all out with patterns and colours that shout creativity. Some of these valance styles stand out all by themselves, too. Just remember though that valances should not be the main focus of the room. Valance designs should accentuate all the room elements and tie everything together so that they flow seamlessly as one work of art.


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