Above: Moire Plaid Lined Trimmed Balloon Valance
shown in blue.

Our Helpful Guide toValance Styles

Valances are an easy and affordable way to dress a window. They can be used on their own or layered over matching or coordinating curtains, shades or sheers. Here's a guide to help you select the style that best suits the look you are trying to achieve:

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Tailored Valances

Our most basic valance style, with a sewn-in rod pocket at the top and a straight-edged bottom. Tailored valances work well layered over a curtain, shade or sheer. They also have a casual look above a tier curtain in a kitchen or bathroom. They are best hung on a utility or decorative rod.

(left): Country Calico Tailored Valance, (middle): Ashford Silk Lined Tailored Valance, and (right): Narrow Ruffle Tairlored Valance.

Scalloped Valances

One of the most popular valance shapes, scalloped valances feature a simple curved or scalloped form along the bottom. Scalloped valances work well layered over curtains, a shade or sheer panels and look best hung on a utility or continental rod. If layering over other window treatments you will need a double or triple utility rod, or one decorative rod with one or two add-a-rods.

(left): Lenoxdale Toile Scalloped Valance, (middle): Weaver's Cloth Lined Scalloped Valance, and (right): Floral Jacquard Lined Pleated Scalloped Valance.

Austrian Valances

Austrian valances feature detailed stitching along the bottom of the rod pocket, creating custom-looking pleats for depth at your window, with a curved form along the bottom. Austrian valances work well layered over curtains, a shade or sheer panels and look best hung on a utility or continental rod. If layering over other window treatments you will need a double or triple utility rod, or one decorative rod with one or two add-a-rods.

(left): Greenwich Plaid Lined Austrian Valance (middle): Coventry Stripe Austrian Valance, and (right) Cabin Check Lined Austrian Valance

Shaped Valances

Shaped, Banner, Tapered and Pointed Valances ... These are simply descriptive terms for the actual valance shape. These valances also work well layered over curtains, a shade or sheer panels and look best hung on a utility or continental rod. If layering over other window treatments you will need a double or triple utility rod, or one decorative rod with one or two add-a-rods.

(left): Plain & Simple Colors Swag & Tapered Valance Set, (middle): Hatfield Lined Princess Valance (right): Meadow Lined Three-Point Valance

Tab Top & Grommet Top Valances

Distinguished by the tabs (plain, button, tie-tabs, droopy) or grommets positioned on the upper edge of the curtain. These valances look best when used with a wood or decorative rod since the rod will be exposed through the tabs. Rod should be mounted high enough so the window or glass is not visible above the top edge of the valance.

(left): Weaver's Cloth 3" Tab Top Valance, (middle): Hawthorne Grommet Top Valance (right): Andrea Botanical Toile Tab Top Valance.

Swags

Swags can take on a variety of looks depending on whether they are used with or without an insert valance or a tapered insert valance. To create a softer look, you will want to include a small insert valance between the two swag pieces. Swags look best on utility or decorative rods.

(left): Country Calico Swag, (middle): Lenoxdale Toile Swag, (right): Laurel Check Lined Swag.

Victory Swags

Custom-looking and more elaborate by design, Victory Swags install easily on a decorative rod for a formal, elegant look. Works well with matching window treatments and/or sheer curtain panels underneath.

(left): Ashford Silk 3-Scoop Victory Swag, (middle): Yorkshire Victory Swag, (right): Overleigh Victory Swag.

Festoons and Jabots

A traditional valance style, first seen in early American homes, festoon & jabots frame the edge of your windows nicely. Require a double utility rod for installation.

(left): Floral Jacquard Lined Jabots, (middle): Devon Stripe Lined Festoon and Jabot Set, (right): Hillhouse Festoon & Jabots

Balloon Valances

Balloon valances are adjusted by gathering vertical rows of rings sewn on the back of the fabric to create a full, graceful scalloped shape. They are best hung on a utility or continental rod.

(left): Moire Plaid Lined Balloon Valance with Fringed Trim, (middle): Chelsea Lined Trimmed Balloon Valance, (right): Weaver's Cloth Lined Balloon Valance.
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