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The Best Ideas for your Valances

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.

Stylish grey curtains with valance - Paul James Blinds

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.

Modern Valance Design Ideas

It has often been said that valances should have stayed back in the ’80s, along with the wallpaper borders and the garish floral patterns, but the truth is, despite all of their negative associations with being ruffled, frilly and old fashioned, valances have a lot to offer and can add style and elegance to your window, bringing the whole design of a room together.

So, for those of you who are still not convinced that a valance cannot be anything other than old fashioned, let’s take a look at how one could be used in your home.

Why should you consider valances?

• If privacy isn’t an issue in your home, and you aren’t bothered about fitting blinds or having a curtain, valances could provide you with a way to still introduce some colour and style into the room.

• They look especially striking against the vertical line of a drape, as the valance’s horizontal line gives the window a neat and tidy finish.

• Great for hiding an untidy blind when they are drawn up and bunched together during the daytime.

• Adds an additional tactile layer, softening a room’s edges.

• By draping a piece of sheer material, in a pastel shade or a soft, blush pink colour around the curtain pole, you can introduce a touch of elegance and femininity to the room in a modern way.

• They can cleverly hide an otherwise bare and exposed curtain pole.

• Complements a traditional decor, but is also just as complementary in a more modern home, showing its versatility.

 

What rooms would they suit?

• If you have a large living or dining room, with large standard shaped windows, then a luxurious and grand valance with matching drapes could help fill the room, making it cosier and warmer, as well as adding shape and character to the window.

• If you choose a bright and colourful valance, it can work as a feature to a room – something that works particularly well in a child’s bedroom.

• A French-styled dressing room wouldn’t be complete without a few frills and romantic soft touches. A sheer window valance is an ideal way to achieve this look, coupled with Parisian style furniture and soft lighting for the perfect boudoir.

• For a study room or home office, you could opt for a box pleated valance for a more formal and neater appearance.

At the end of the day, interior design choices come down to personal preference – one man’s heaven is another man’s hell, after all! But if the window valance appeals to your interior design style and you think it would be well suited in your home, then please feel free to get in touch with Paul James Blinds today. We offer home visits so you can view our samples in the comfort of your own home and in the room the valance is intended for, to help you make the best decision.

For more information on our valances, pelmets or any of our other products, please feel free to contact us today and we can help you find the perfect window dressing solution for your home.