If you’re looking to add some style and elegance to your windows, then you’re in luck because window cornices and valances are making a comeback! These classic window treatments are the perfect way to add a touch of sophistication to any room in your home. From traditional to modern designs, there’s a cornice or valance that will suit your style and enhance the look of your windows. Whether you’re looking to create a cozy, romantic atmosphere in your bedroom or add some personality to your living room, these window treatments are the perfect solution. In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of window cornices and valances and provide you with some ideas on how to incorporate them into your home decor. So, let’s get started and discover how these timeless window treatments can transform your living space!
Valances have been used along with draperies in traditional window treatments
throughout history. We see beautiful valances in historic homes and in books and
magazines that our clients ask us if we can reproduce for their homes.
Whether traditional or modern, valances have long been popular treatments and are once again coming back strong in the world of window fashions.
Today valances can be used along with draperies or by themselves without any draperies. Most of the time, we use valances over shades or blinds, but we might use them alone if privacy is not a concern or with stationary panels if needed. Sometimes the choice to use valances happens because the window itself dictates our choice. For example, with a tiny window over a sink, we must make sure the
treatment is far away from water to eliminate the possibility of getting it dirty. In case of a bay window with a window seat, we have limited choices, and often valances for such windows become the only choice. In some cases, draperies reduce the amount of light that comes into a room, but valances can dress the window without blocking the light.
In the end we listen to our clients to make sure that their needs are met and guide them to make the best decision. We also want to make sure their investment in custom window coverings lasts for a long time and brings them joy every time they enter the room.
Over the years, we have provided our clients with many different styles of valances created to add beauty to the windows. Here are some examples:
Curved lower edge:
Here is a shaped bottom valance with a tailored cascade. The cascade is lined with
a contrast fabric and a contrast button was placed over the cascade as a
Pleated valance: In this valance, pleats were placed on the sides of the valance
with a decorative trim insert. This simple touch adds amazing eye-catching detail.
Guest Bedroom: Here is a tailored valance trimmed with contrast cording and contrast buttons over a shirred sheer lower layer. Simple yet exquisite.
Kitchen valance: This is an example of a simple pleated valance with a straight bottom. The fabric is a neutral cotton/linen blend. A decorative trim was placed at the lower edge to add elegance and beauty.
Bay window Valance: This is a valance for a bay window with grommets at the corners. A solid blue cord is threaded through the grommets, adding a unique decorative touch.
Powder room: This bathroom features a pleated valance with curved bottom and bell jabots with contrast buttons and lining.
Arched valance: This Arched valance fits perfectly in a nook. The bottom is curved as well, with three trimmed vertical pleats.
Cornice and a valance combo: This ornate treatment is a combination of a cornice and pleated valance. Grouped crystals give the valance a refined and unique touch.
Swag and cascade valance: Here the valance was created with a swag and cascade, and lined with contrasting fabric and a tassel.
Corner window: This corner window is dressed with a pleated valance in an embroidered fabric with a contrast insert in the pleats.
If you would like more information and ideas to transform your home, we invite you to schedule a design consultation with Susan Gaialani.