Swag Valance

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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What Exactly Is a Window Valance?

A window valance is a popular type of window treatment that covers the top part of the window. A valence can be used by itself or it can be paired with window coverings, such as blinds or curtains.

In addition to being decorative, valances can also serve a functional purpose. They are often used to conceal the mounting hardware of window coverings. A valance is a common design feature of the Victorian style of home décor, as well as some other styles of décor.

Five Main Types of Valances for Windows

Balloon:
The fabric ‘balloons’ out which gives it a full and puffy appearance. A balloon valance is commonly made of lightweight material such as cotton.

Swag:
The fabric hangs across brackets and is draped over the top of a window, with a tail hanging down on each side. Almost any type of fabric can be used.

Scarf:
This is another type of swag valance. The look is the same, but a lightweight or sheer fabric is used for this variation.

Ascot:
The fabric forms triangular shapes that hang over curtains or drapes. This type usually features more elaborate materials, such as silk or velvet and they are often adorned with tassels or fringe.

Italian:

For this type of window valance, the fabric is draped across the top of the window with the length of the fabric forming a curve that has the shortest width at the center.