Window Valances are short curtains or drapes covering the top part of the window and can conceal the window treatment hardware. Window valances are often used along with blinds, drapes or curtain and can certainly improve their look. Since blinds are neutral valances and can add a dash of color and elegance, by not only hiding the hardware but also softening the look of the window with the flow of fabric. A simple window valance can make a small room feel airy and open.
Window valances are of many types like a balloon valance, a pleated valance and the swag. A balloon valance has many layers, but for a dimensional look fillers are fitted between the layers to give a fuller look. The pleated ones can have a box pleat, a spaced pleat or a pinched pleat and are usually found in high quality draperies. A ‘ jabot’ gives a structured or unstructured draped effect while a “‘swag’ is raised in the center and long at the sides. An arched valance is a decorative valance made of fabric with an arch and center pleat to give a coordinating effect. A rolled valance can double as a curtain when required or can be rolled to the desired height with bows and knots. Valances can be decorated with tassels, frills or scallops to give a Victorian look to the window. Putting up window valances thus is an excellent way to give a gorgeous look to the existent décor.