Window valances are a type of window dressing that helps cover the top end of a window. Window valances can be used by themselves or in combination with other window dressings like curtains or blinds. Often the window hardware used to fix the windows or the window treatment can be unattractive to look at. With valances, you can make sure that the ugly parts of the windows and the window treatments can remain hidden. The window valances can be used by themselves too if the window is particularly decorative or is placed in a public area with little need for privacy. It is a great addition to the room’s aesthetics and it attaching valance to the blinds is also easy. They are also available in a wide variety of fabric which includes silk, faux silk, linen, jacquard, polycotton, polyester, velvet and satin. These can also be lined with a fabric sewn to the back to help prevent sun damage to the window valance.
History of the Window Valance
The first time that a valance was used to enhance the interior design is during the renaissance era. By the 1600s and early 1700s, a cornice, pelmet or in other words, a window valance became a commonplace addition to the window dressings.
Types of window valances
• Balloon valance
Balloon valances are traditionally made up of lightweight cotton and the fabric is stitched to look full and give a ballooning effect to the valance.
• Swag valance
When the fabric of a valance is drawn across the brackets of the window and hangs down both its sides, it is called a swag valance. This kind of window valances can be made out of almost any kind of fabric. When the swag valance is made out of sheer fabric, it is called a scarf valance.
• Ascot valance
An ascot valance drapes across the curtains in a triangular formation. These are usually made out of rich materials like velvet or silk and can have accessories like fringes or tassels.
• Italian valance
Italian valances form a curve across the window with the center of the window having the least width. This is an interesting valance look and can be very elegant if done right.
• Box pleat
A piece of fabric is folded evenly across the top of the window to form a flat and symmetrical shaped valance which very boxes like. This creates a very classy and clean look and can also make the window treatments look much fuller that it truly is.
A cascade valance is the epitome of elegance and beauty when it comes to window treatments. This window valance has a piece of fabric that flows down the window in a zigzag manner.
Cornices are usually very rigid and are often used to hide architectural defects or window hardware that are not too eye-pleasing. It is usually made out of lightweight material and is then covered with a fabric of choice. This is fitted over the window frame and can serve as an excellent focal point in the room.
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused by following DIY methods. If you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
Attaching valance to the blinds
The process of attaching valance to the blinds is largely dependent on the kind of valance you are working with. Nevertheless, the process is more or less simple and can be undertaken by yourself with some confidence, know-how and a box of basic tools.
4. Tape to measure
• Use the measuring tape to carefully measure the clips provided with the package of valance. You will now be able to identify the clips that you need to use at different locations.
• You must have a good idea beforehand of whether your blinds are mounted inside or outside of the window. If the blinds are mounted on the inside of the windows, you will need to remove the blinds before you can start the installation of the valance clips. On the other hand, if your blinds are an outside mount, you can place or replace the valance clips while the blinds are in the installed position.
• Remove the C shaped dent found on the valance clip before you can go attaching the valance to blinds.
• Once you have identified the clips, you can attach the clips to the headrail by gently slipping it on.
• When the clips are attached, you can carefully slide the valance on to the top of the headrail.
• Next, you must twist the clip into place on the front of the channel of the headrail.
If you wish to go the DIY route and have wood valances that you intend to fix without using the typical plastic clips, you can use a few magnets to do the trick.
Things You Will Need
Extra strong magnets
• Turn the wooden valance over and apply glue at regular intervals. Make sure that the glue is strong and can hold the weight of the wooden valance.
• Place the extra-strong magnets on the glue.
• Once the glue is dry, make sure that the magnets are nicely fixed to the valance.
• Next, you can attach the valance to the blinds at the desired height on the windows.
• Use of the magnets to attach the valance may seem like a DIY project. But in reality, it can give your windows a much more cleaner and attractive look than the traditional plastic clips.
• But you must also be aware that the use of the extra strong glue and magnets can also potentially harm your blinds. If the glue is not dry enough, you may end up with glue in areas that you don’t want it to be on the blinds. If you are not very careful with the magnets, you can end up damaging your metallic blinds. For example, you may end up denting it or bending it under the force of the magnet.
• When in doubt, it is always best to go with the traditional plastic clips while attaching valances to the blinds.