Valances are useful window features because they conceal your curtain rod while adding a touch of color and texture to the top of the window. You can use valances in many different ways for a feature that’s lush and elegant or subtle and simple. The first step in deciding on the right valance and accompanying window treatment for any part of your home is assessing the overall décor of the room. Window treatments are something that should be customized for each part of the house. Using a one-size-fits-all approach to window coverings will result in a dull look that doesn’t complement your home as well as it could.
If you want a window to look wide open and let in lots of light, you can use a valance as the only window treatment for that particular window. While you can use valances along with drapes or curtains, you certainly don’t have to. In a kitchen or bathroom, too much fabric can get in the way of the room’s functionality. Long curtains at a window over the sink also have the potential for getting very dirty. Valances stay up and out of the way while keeping your window from looking completely naked. If the valance is the only treatment you’re using, go bold with dark or bright colors.
If you have a large window, you can use valances to lightly cover the top of the window while drapes or curtains hang on either side. To achieve this look you will need a special double curtain rod. The valance is hung from the top or outermost rod while the curtains hang on the rod beneath. With this combination, you don’t see the top of the curtain, so make sure you don’t choose a design where the upper portion should be revealed. You should select a valance that coordinates with the curtains, but they don’t need to be in the exact same fabric.
One wonderful trick you can do with valances is to make the window appear much taller than it actually is. With heavy, elaborate curtains you can use an equally expansive valance that reaches all the way to the ceiling. As long as the bottom of the valance covers the top of the window, no one will know how tall the window actually is. This trick of placement makes the windows look more impressive. You can make the window look wider as well by hanging the curtains further to the side of each edge of the frame. As long as the very edge is covered, the wide panels will make the window space appear larger.