Leaving the windows bare when decorating your room is not always the best choice you can make. Properly treating your windows can add up the fluidity and softness to a room and it does not matter if you use pleated, pipped, puddled or plain. Regarding practicality covering your windows also give you privacy and light control.
When selecting the perfect kind of treatment for your windows, three things come into action – fabric, texture and pattern, and choosing the right type of treatment for your windows is the first order of business.
Valances are little pieces of fabric that play a prominent part in the beautification of your home. It is hung across the top of a window; it adds the softness and color to the window treatment’s hardware by hiding it all. It helps in establishing the style of a room. You can find several kinds of valances; all you need to figure out is what you need.
· Simple Valances
Simple valances are a treatment used for the family areas such as the kitchen, breakfast room or the bathrooms. In places where privacy is not of huge concern, the valance can be hung alone and where there is a matter of privacy the valance can be paired up with the shutter or blinds.
· Box-Pleated Valances
These valances have more of a classical decorating style. The place where you would like to give a much formal feel to; such as the master bedroom, these valances can be used there effectively. The stitched up pleats lie flat on the mounting board that is attached to the wall in simple L-shaped brackets.
· Arched Valances
These are often used in the kitchens and breakfast rooms where the hard horizontal and square edges are found. It has a top arch with a center pleat that is suitable for such areas. The bottom of these valances has a coordinating band of the same fabric.
· Stepped Valance
This is one of a contemporary high design for a valance. It has several tiered fabric in different heights, which gives off a stepped look to it. These valances can be carried from window to window or even used across a cabinetry, creating a visual bridge.
· Gathered Valances
These valances are the most traditional kind of valance, which use twice the amount of fabric used in a normal valance, to give a gathered effect. Extra flair is added to the window because of the decorative fringe at the bottom of it. You can use different methods to catch the light entering from the window using these.
· Sculpted Valance
These valances are easily blended with the style you have chosen for your room. The hems of this valance can support a contrasting band of the cutouts. If you are looking toward accenting the décor of the room, then these valances are the best that you can choose for yourself.
· Balloon Valance
Somewhat of an extra fabric is tightened proportionally to give off a balloon look to the valance. These are well suited for two flanking windows in bedrooms.
Knowing the kinds of valances you can use is very helpful in the process of decorating a room. The windows need just as much attention as the next thing in a room.