I have run into a few projects with window valances lately and wanted to share a tip that I suggest often and have even done in my own house.
I use valances to add color and pattern but more importantly, height, to a window.
Just like you see tips all over the internet about hanging your draperies up high, the same holds true for window valances.
Get them up….almost out of the window. Just cover the top.
Short Windows Needing Height
Here was a Designed in a Click Q&A consultation I did awhile back. These short windows needed height and some valances were just the right solution.
Here’s my kitchen, below, where I installed valances that cover only the top part of the window. They mostly just cover up the painted wall above.
In this project, below, I did the same thing with the valance, hung it up mainly over the painted wall area above the window. It barely covers the top of the window.
This pretty valance, below, just covers the top of the window.
Here are two examples of window valances, from some recent Designed in a Click Q&A consultations, that cover a large part of the window and feel rather heavy in proportion to the space and the window
Sometimes, a valance of any kind adds weight and caps the window where it would be better for that upper space to feel open, light and airy. Especially if there is not a need for complete privacy up high, these below, can be ideal solutions.
Top/down, bottom/up window shades
See how cafe curtains are probably the ideal solution for this breakfast room? With the window valance, it feels like you have to crouch down to look out the window.
Cafe curtains are light, fresh, and still give privacy down low where it is needed.