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Valances Buying Guide

Create a polished, designer-look window treatment, make a window look taller, or hide unsightly hardware with an elegant valance. Valances work well over curtains, blinds, or shades, or simply on their own.

Types of Valances

Types of Valances

Valances run horizontally across the top of a window. Variations emphasize shape, style, coverage, and soft or hard construction.

Scarf Valance

If you're looking for simple yet elegant treatment, drape a sheer scarf or two gracefully over a curtain rod. Switch to a slightly heavier fabric, perhaps gently pleated, for a more formal look. Scarf valances are easy to install -- just use a few pins to keep the fabric in place.

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Waterford
$169.99
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Enjoy timeless luxury with elegance of the Pomona bedding ensemble. This upscale jacquard damask design in cream, black and gold h...as a woven fleur des lis design on the reverse. The Comforter, Duvet, Standard and King Shams are constructed in Cotton, Polyester and Viscose, and are elegantly trimmed with the detail of a black cord. Euro shams feature a fleur de lis embroidery design on Silk. Comforter and Duvet are reversible. Sham construction features hidden zipper closure. Pleated bedskirt has an 18-Inch drop. Coordinating Window Panel and Scarf are available. read more

Softline Home Fashions,inc.

Bask your room in warm sunlight with these Carolina sheer curtains. A whimsical embroidered stitch ropes in all directions over a ...shimmering sheer drape, creating a dazzling romantic effect for your living space. read more

Kensington Home Fashions

These luxurious window panels drape beautifully and have the look and feel of silk without the tedious care. Their color will stay... true and lustrous, making them an elegant way to bring a sophisticated accent to your decor. read more

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Add a touch of elegance to your home decor with a 6-yard scarf valance Window treatments feature a paisley jacquard design Valance... measures 53 inches wide x 216 inches long read more

Swag Valance

These traditional valances often drape across the top and down both sides of a window. Swags are like scarves but use heavier fabric, sometimes arranged with a peak in the center and "tails" on the ends. Fabric choice -- from casual muslin to formal velvet -- and lined or unlined construction determines the decorative effect.

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Croscill
$59.99
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A waterfall valance with matching tassel trimming complements this collection wonderfully. These window treatments will add some d...rama to any room. read more

Croscill
$59.99
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Window panels in the stripe design coordinate with the sophisticated swag valance in the scroll design which is trimmed in a refin...ed tassel fringe. read more

Croscill
$49.99
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Nomad waterfall swag valance features a beautiful woven medallion design and is finished with pleated fringe. To achieve this look..., use three valances per window. read more

A. L. Ellis, Inc.

Give any room a romantic touch with this two-piece floral swag valance. The rod pocket-designed valance is constructed from 100 pe...rcent quality cotton and features beautiful blue and yellow hydrangea flowers set on an off-white background. read more

Balloon Valance

For these valances, a length of fabric is doubled, gathered, and stuffed with tissue paper for fullness. Popular over multipane and bay windows, balloon valances add extravagant vintage detail.

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The Stacey curtain provides the home with a sharp, solid colored tier. 70% Polyester and 30% Cotton. Machine wash and dry. 1 Valan...ce per package. Shown: One balloon valance and one tier set. read more

Cotton Tale

Complete the look of your nursery with this lovely Nightingale Balloon Valance from Cotton Tale. The sweet valance has a pin tuck ...design with double layers of champagne tulle and two adorable bows. read more

Carousel Designs

Window valance in Solid Robin's Egg Blue fabric. Top off your window fashionably with our balloon style window valances. Can drape... straight down or be stuffed to give the balloon effect. Measures approximately 84" x 18". read more

Victorian Heart Company

This valance is 100% cotton and lined with white cotton. It measures 60 width with a 15 drop a 3.25 rod pocket and a 2 header. The...se valances are packaged individually in a self sealing vinyl bag with insert and UPC sticker. read more

Tailored Valance

Other valance styles showcase designer details. Crenellated valances feature a wavy or notched bottom edge. A Winchester valance has a scalloped bottom trimmed with fringe or beads. An ascot valance comes to a dramatic tasseled point, and a box-pleated valance sets a formal tone. A lambrequin is shaped from stiffened fabric to frame the sides of a window, sometimes to the floor.

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Victor

This Woodstock tailored valance adds fun and vibrant color to any room. With a hip tie-dye design, it measures 52 in long by 17 in... wide and contains a rod pocket for easy hanging. Made from 100% cotton duck for durability, this is a dry-clean-only item. read more

Croscill
$59.99
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The window has a solid chenille straight valance with brown faux suede underlay and drapery panels out of the striped jacquard.

Croscill
$59.99
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The window panels are the solid spruce chenille and the straight valance is solid spruce chenille with an underlay of brown faux s...uede. read more

Croscill
$59.99
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The Sahara window treatments include panels using the herringbone coordinate and a tailored chenille stripe valance that incorpora...tes an attached band of suede at the bottom edge. read more

Cornice

The basic plywood cornice is a three-sided box (open on the bottom) mounted on the wall with L brackets. This structure can be painted, wallpapered, or upholstered in a layer of batting and fabric.

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Walmart.com

This valance features a neutral gold and cream leaf and stripe pattern on double cloth. This valance is silk-like and is finished ...with a wispy tassel fringe. Set includes: One valance Pattern: Leaf/stripe Color options: Sand Curtain style: Valance Construction: Rod pocket Pocket measures: 3 inches to fit rods measuring up to 2.5 inches Lining: 70-percent polyester/30-percent cotton ivory/colored fabric Dimensions: 50 inches long x 17 inches wide Tiebacks included: No Energy saving: No Materials: 100-percent polyester Care instructions: Spot clean Fits windows up to 48 inches when flat; gather for smaller windows, and add multiple valances for large windows. The digital images we display have the most accurate color possible. However, due to differences in computer monitors, we cannot be responsible for variations in color between the actual product and your screen. read more

Overstock.com

This valance features a contemporary floral design in delightful tones of clay, peach and green. This valance is finished with a b...ias cut French pleated ruffle at the bottom edge. read more

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This Cornice Valance incorporates a small scale floral pattern with a combination stripe in blue, red, and green. This valance is ...finished with a multicolor twisted cord. read more

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This contemporized swirly pattern with light and dark shades of contrasting colors is finished with a braided scalloped trim along... the bottom edge. This valance fits windows up to 48 inches wide when flat. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Valances are decorative rather than functional, so they can be used alone on windows where privacy is not an issue. Otherwise, a valance easily pairs with blinds, shades, or shutters. As with other window treatments, valances are sold ready-made, or they can be custom-fabricated.

Window Architecture

A cornice mounted close to the ceiling can hide drapery hardware and make the window and ceiling look taller. Because of its structure, a cornice works well with a soft curtain or a fabric shade. Valances are visually helpful in rooms that lack interesting architecture or moldings.

Decorating Style

Look for valance styles and materials that harmonize with other window treatments and your overall room decor. For example, in a sleek, modern space, simpler is better. If you're installing a valance over curtains or draperies, all elements need not match, but they should have similar styles and color tones.

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