Window Valances vs Pelmets – Your Options
Window valances can be a beautiful way to add some style and elegance to your home. A valance is a decorative fabric trim which hangs down over the top of the window and can have the added benefit of hiding unattractive mountings and fixtures. This is not to be confused with a window pelmet (sometimes referred to as a ‘cornice’), which is a solid structure, albeit often upholstered, covering the top of a window. Some individuals incorrectly use the terms interchangeably which causes confusion because there are in fact structural differences between the two.
Valances emerged from the Renaissance era and many elaborate designs were developed; valances still have an association with luxury nowadays. However, many different types of valances exist today, ranging from classic to modern in style, which are available in any fabric. In this article we will look at some of the different designs of window valance and how they can be used to the greatest effect.
Swag valance – the fabric drapes in several loose ‘u’ shapes across the width of the window. There can be more than one layer of fabric used. Swag valances create an opulent, luxurious feel in a room.
Valances emerged from the Renaissance era and many elaborate designs were developed; valances still have an association with luxury nowadays. However, many different types of valance exist today, ranging from classic to modern in style, which are available in any fabric. In this article we will look at some of the different designs of window valance and how they can be used to the greatest effect.
Ascot valance – the fabric drapes in triangular, pointed forms. A classic look which is often made from rich fabrics.
Box pleat valance – the fabric hangs smoothly with at least one crisp, vertical pleat to it. This valance can create a very modern, clean look. It works especially well in block colours or bold patterns.
Cascade valance – the differentiating feature here is that the fabric cascades down the sides of the window as well as covering the top. This look is often combined with a swag style valance over the top of the window. Cascade valances are an elegant option.
Roman valance – this style can look much like a neatly retracted roman blind. The fabric hangs smoothly and has horizontal pleats. This option creates a modern and stylish look which can suit any type of room.
Scarf valance – the fabric lies in a loose drape across the top of the whole window and often extends down either side some way too. Using light, sheer fabrics looks lovely in this style. This valance can look very chic.
If you wish to install valances or any other style of window coverings in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Paul James Blinds today. We can offer a wide range of styles, colours and patterns for you to pick from for your window dressings. Our quality, personalised service covers the areas of Colchester, Sudbury, Braintree and Bury St Edmunds.