Sunday, October 30, 2011

Valance Ideas - Casual, Elegant, Fabulous, or Funky

It seems like it's been awhile since I shared any window treatments with you, so I thought it might be nice to catch up, and show you a few of the things I've been working on.

Valances seem to be at the top of everyone's window treatment wish list lately. They offer a great look without requiring a great deal of fabric (a nice money-saver in these leaner times), and the style options are almost endless - everything from formal swags to a casual look like the cuff-top kitchen valances shown below.

Cuff-Top Valance

Cuff-top valances

The homeowner fell in love with this large-scale Thibaut print in rich gold, red, and green.

Fabric: Thibaut, Stout     Hardware: Pate-Meadows

A contrasting plaid lining accents the cuffs and jabots. A simple red welt finishes all the edges.

The knobs reference the floral design on the fabric, and the antique bronze finish coordinates with the cabinet hardware in the kitchen.

I think this is a perfect window treatment style for a casual space. My client loves the way her new valances added the finishing touch to her newly remodeled kitchen.

Victory Swag Valance

Another customer had purchased ready-made drapery panels and wanted to add some valances. She decided on the more formal look of the Victory Swag for her master bedroom and chose a lovely floral that coordinated well with her existing panels.

Victory Swag valance

Chair tie tassels were used to gather each horn and add a decorative element to the valance. The welt cord on the lower edge matches the panel fabric, helping to tie together the custom with the ready-made.

Fabric: Fabricade

Triangle Valance

The owner of an historic farmhouse, just down the road from me, wanted to add window treatments to her family room without covering the beautiful original wood molding or obscuring the view. Although I designed several more elaborate styles for her consideration, she ended up choosing this very simple, yet dramatic, triangle valance.

Triangle valances with tassel fringe

The simplicity of the design allows the damask pattern of the lush chenille fabric to shine, and the gorgeous tassel fringe adds richness and a touch of elegance. The geometric fabric on the side triangles is a perfect coordinate; its straight lines contrast with the sinuous curves of the fabric on the large triangle.

Fabrics: Carole Fabrics, Fabricade     Trim: Carole Fabrics

The scale of this valance is larger than I would usually recommend, but the soaring ceilings in this grand old house would have made a shorter valance feel skimpy. I'm glad we went with the size we did.

The 7" long tassel at the bottom of each valance is the perfect finishing touch.

Jackson Valance

It seems like most teenagers' rooms are a jumbled collection of memorabilia that's been accumulating since childhood. Everything from ragged teddy bears and well-worn Goodnight Moon books to a dried prom corsage or soccer trophy finds its way onto a wall or shelf. It's the happy clutter of an interesting life, and to me it seems like that's the way it should be. There's plenty of time later for a pristine bedroom that's tastefully designed. But that doesn't mean you can't have some pretty custom window treatments in the meantime! Take a look at the valances I made for this teen's bedroom using a bright, funky contemporary print.

Jackson valances with beaded trim

The lively floral fabric is a lot of fun, but I didn't want it to look over-the-top crazy, so I used a deep chocolate brown lining to tone it down a bit.

Fabric: Carole Fabrics, Trim: Lina's

Brightly colored glass bead trim adds sparkle to the lower edge.

 I was really happy with the way these valances turned out. They're whimsical with a touch of class!

So, that's it for our valance fashion show today. Do you have a favorite?


  1. Hi Leslie, Where can I purchase the finials used to hang the curtains in the first photo?

    1. Here's the link:
      They have lots of pretty styles, including the one in the photo.

  2. I am looking for the pattern for the pattern to the cuffed top valance. Have 3 double windows & 3 single windows. Need to know number of yards. Love that look. Thanks, Joy


    2. I am looking for the pattern for the Jackson valence with beaded trim. Its perfect for my kitchen window. Thanks Beverly

  3. Your Jackson Valance is exactly what I've been looking for for my dining room. How can I get a pattern. Thanks Barb

    1. I believe it’s a Pate-Meadows pattern. You can find their website online.


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