Valance Window Treatments

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If you are thinking about valance window treatments as part of your home décor, there are three main things to take into consideration:

1. Size and shape of the windows
2. The main window treatments
3. Overall look and feel of the room

All three things are important, so we’ll discuss them one at a time.

1. Size and shape of the windows

Valance window treatments should look like they belong there. For example, a small six-inch valance on a large window, especially in a room with a high ceiling, might look out of proportion to the rest of it. Likewise, a long valance on a short and/or small window might look just as strange.

For round or arched windows, you can use a tapered valance to follow the curve of the window.

If you have two windows side-by-side, one valance can be used for both. However, if the two windows have a bit of wall space between them, then two separate, but matching, valance window treatments might be the way to go.

2. The main window treatments

The valance window treatments should fit right in with the drapes or window blinds you are using, or plan to use.

Do they need to match perfectly? Certainly not, but they should be coordinated in some way. For example, when you use contrasting colors or fabrics, you can trim the valance with a bit of the drapery fabric or trim the drapes with a color that matches the valance.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with using the same material for the window coverings as well as the valance, especially if your room is more formal.

When using valance window treatments over blinds, you will usually have a variety of options with regard to color and/or style so that the two aspects complement one another.

3. Overall look and feel of the room

There are lots of options, so the best place to start is by asking yourself two big questions. We will discuss both of those questions in this next section.

3.1. Does the overall ambiance of the room lean more toward formal or informal?
As already mentioned, formal areas often have the valance covered in the same material that the drapes are made from. Almost anything goes in rooms that are informal as long as there is some harmony going on between the different parts of the window coverings in terms of style and/or color so that each part fits in without looking outlandish.

3.2. Do you want the valance window treatments to be a focal point or to blend in?
If you want the window coverings to blend in, you can choose a color that is similar to the color of the walls. Also, you could use a color that matches the sofa and/or other large items in the room. However, if you want the valance to be a focal point, then go with an eye-catching design or color that is more vibrant then the rest of the room décor.

A little bit of time spent thinking about the issues discussed here will really pay off when it comes to long-term satisfaction and knowing that you chose the valance window treatments that are best suited for the look and feel you want for your room.