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Window Scarves – 3 Things You Can Do to Make Them Easy to Hang

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By Rose Duffy

If you have ever tried to hang a window scarf then you know how frustrating it can be to control the fabric while draping the swags. Starting with the right fabric, in the necessary length for your window and using a rod you can pin the folds into will simplify hanging any scarf. Just follow these three tips.

1. Begin with the right fabric, one that has a soft hand and flowing drape. It can be silk or satin or sheer or even a light weight chenille. It is important however that both sides are appealing; in the process of draping both the front and the back of the fabric could end up showing. That is why sheers are often used; both sides of a sheer look the same. If your fabric has a pattern, the direction of the print will change as you drape the scarf. In the case of a stripe or plaid they will appear on an angle on the swag and run vertically on the cascades. If the pattern includes an image like a tree, the tree could end up up-side down in places. It is a good idea to avoid patterns that have a direction.

2. Having the right size scarf is important. If it is too long it can be difficult to manage and end up looking sloppy; not enough fabric and it will look skimpy. To establish the length, first decide how many swags or loops you want to have. This is partially determined by the size of the window; a typical swag is 36 inches wide, however, it can be larger or smaller. Add the windows width plus how much fabric will hang down on each side plus 10 inches for each loop/swag. This will equal the finished length of fabric you need.

Before hanging the scarf indicate the center of the fabric lengthwise, and measure up from the ends to where the cascades will begin. Mark these locations with a piece of masking tape on the edge of the fabric.

3. Use a fabric covered foam rod to simplify making beautiful swags. With a foam rod you can control the shape and size of the swags by pinning the fabric to the rod and securing each fold. Select a foam rod that is covered with a contrasting fabric to add more color or texture to your treatment Put the fabric on the rod, positioning the middle loop first. Place the center of the scarf over the center of the rod. Create soft folds and gently pull the fabric from the bottom of the loop while holding the top of the loop with your other hand.

Pin the scarf fabric to the rod to keep it from shifting as you continue to loop the fabric over the remaining rod (adding a loop for each swag). Stop when you get to the markers indicating the length of the cascades, this will ensure both sides are the desired length. Remove the tape markers and use a hand steamer to take out winkles.

Following these three tips should make it easy to create beautiful swags with a scarf.

Shop for foam rods and window scarves at http://www.RoseInteriors.com For 20 years Window Treatment Designer, Rose Duffy has been using foam rods to drape window scarves for her clients. Visit her blog at http://www.RoseInteriors.blogspot.com and see unique scarf designs that will inspire you, as well as her complete Foam Rod Scarf System with more ideas that are designed to simplify hanging window scarves.

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Window Valances May Be the Missing Piece to Your Window Covering Puzzle

By Kelly Vanderwalter

It is not uncommon for homeowners to spend literally thousands of dollars on window treatments and then step back to survey the finished product and feel that something is still missing. In this event, there is no need to despair. Don’t start wandering down the road of regret. The missing window covering element may just be in the form of window valances.

Since there are a number of different styles of window valances, you can accent and complement any window regardless of a particular room’s décor or design theme. Match or contrast with current window coverings to bring to your home the final piece of the window puzzle.

2 Different Styles of Valances
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Smith+Noble Roll Up Fabric Valances           Smith+Noble Tab Top Fabric Valances
Left: Roll Up Fabric Valances           Right: Tab Top Fabric Valances

And you need not worry about what your current window coverings are – shutters, blinds, curtains, etc. – valances will accentuate whatever is there. Whether you add ascot valances, balloon valances, scarf valances, or any other type, you’ll find that these additions will provide that missing decorative touch and allow you to reflect in contentment over your entire window treatment ensemble.

In fact, after a detailed assessment of what is lacking, you may decide to use different styles of valances in many of your rooms. You may opt for balloon valances for use in your formal dining room. Let’s say that your furnishings are antique or recall an era of the distant past, valances that add to that classic elegance are just what the interior decorator ordered.

Many people who have gone the route of blinds, shades and shutters are generally quite happy with the form and function of their choice of window covering. However, a room full of shutters can create a look of starkness that calls out for some kind of softening or transitional element. This is where window valances come in to play in ideal fashion.

Since your blinds will effectively block out light or allow it in as you see fit, there is no need for an additional window cover. The missing decorative piece can be found in the form of swag valances. Add a splash of color to any room with these window valances. The fabric of your choice draped on either end of an easy to install curtain rod will make all the difference in the world. Play with colors and textures until your are satisfied that you have made a wise choice.

Let your decorating imagination run wild. And you will likely be able to do most of it all yourself. Many fabric stores and department stores are catering more and more to the DIY interior decorator. You’ll find easy to install window valance kits at a host of locations. Easy to follow instructions and a few basic tools are all you need to complement your existing treatments.

So don’t sit back with dissatisfaction while gazing at your investment in designer window coverings. Take the final step yourself and get window valances for each and every room.

Kelly Vanderwalter writes about Window Valances at http://www.101Blinds.com

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