If you are shopping for new curtains, you may have sales representatives approaching you with a whole lot of words and phrases that you have never really heard of before. One of these is the valance. Before you sign up for something that you don’t actually want and so that you have a better understanding of what additions are available for your curtain purchase, we have compiled this article as an explanation.
What is a valance?
Firstly, we thought it might be helpful to cover what a valance actually is. It is, basically, a fabric heading that is hung separately to and in front of curtains. Their original purpose was to hide exposed rods that lacked decorative mountings, however, today they can be used by themselves as a window treatment in their own right. A valance can be embellished and is usually made using fabric that matches the curtain.
What styles are available?
Secondly, we thought it might be helpful to cover some of the more popular styles of valance. This will help to prevent blank looks and questions of “there’s more than one?” when the sales representative asks what type you would like for your curtain order. There are actually a number of valances to choose from, but probably the five most common choices are:
- The Charleston
This style features sleek and even curves in the hemline, which are emphasised by the vertical lines of the bell-shaped pelmets. The valance is lined in a solid, coordinated fabric – this contrasts with the printed face fabric. This style is often hung over floor length curtains that drape along the floor themselves, as it adds a comfortable but elegant touch.
- The Hathaway Box Pleat
This is a classical style that features soft curves and deep set box pleats that actually help the window to look quite elegant. It can sometimes be further embellished with cording along the top in a contrasting fabric. This valance can be used over curtains as well as blinds and is one of the styles that can be used by itself.
- The Plaza Pinch Pleat
This is a traditional style that features beautiful pinched pleats. It is made using the same specifications as pinch pleat curtains and can be lined or unlined (although a line valance will always hang and look better). This is another style that can be used to accent drapes or hung by itself to offset either traditional or contemporary décor.
- The Plaza Rod Pocket
This is a style that is generally considered informal and is commonly used in bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen and informal living areas. It looks nice in either printed or solid fabric and trim or tassels can be used to embellish its overall appearance. This valance is known as stationary, because it always remains over the window and cannot be opened.
- The Rod Sleeve
This is another style that is generally considered informal and is used in bedrooms, recreational rooms and informal living areas. As the name suggests, this valance actually accommodates the rod for your curtains in Melbourne and effectively hides it from view. This is done in quite an attractive manner and is fairly inexpensive.
If none of the above valances have appealed to you or you are searching for a very particular look for curtains in Melbourne, we recommend that you do some further internet research or speak with a drapery professional regarding your additional valance choices. Whilst they are not a requirements when hanging curtains in your home, valances can be a very nice finishing touch that really draw the look of your room together and hide ugly hardware.