February 6, 2012. Samuel Valero
If you’re looking to give a room a style overhaul and are thinking up window treatments, you may be weighing up whether to bother with valances for windows. They’re often overlooked or dismissed as an overly fussy and somewhat old-fashioned option, but with so many different styles to choose from you’re bound to find some that appeal.
Opting for valances also brings a number of benefits.
Shade from the sun
Of course we all want lovely light rooms, but what if the sun’s glare is just that bit too much? Bay windows in particular can let in a whole lot of light, and valances for bay windows are brilliant at cutting down the worst of the sun’s glare without blocking the light altogether.
Disguising ugly window fittings
Valances don’t just add a touch of style, they also have a very practical use. Your curtain rails or fittings may look somewhat less than attractive – if the look of exposed curtain tracks is spoiling the appearance of your window treatments, valances can easily be installed to cover up and disguise them completely. What a bonus!
Setting the mood
It’s often the little touches that really help to bring the look of a room together and set the style. This includes your window treatments – from your curtain tie backs to the valances, it all helps to inject personality into your home. For a luxurious, grand room, balloon valances that hang down in balloon shaped puffs are a perfect choice. In a light and airy room, swag valances are swathes of fabric that drape loosely from a rod above the window and can add a romantic touch. Sleek and modern, rustic or formal, you can find valances that finish your chosen look perfectly.
On top of this, if you’re looking to update your window treatments then valances for windows usually cost a fraction of the amount of a whole new set of curtains or blinds, so you can easily update your window treatment without spending a fortune. All in all, this makes valances a great buy and well worth considering.
Updated February 6, 2012. Published June 2, 2011. Samuel Valero