Monday, April 18, 2011

The Return of the Drapery Valance


Often dismissed as too formal or overlooked for being a traditional window treatment, the valance has been enjoying a recent resurgence in the world of interior design. Gone are the heavy fabrics and beaded tassel trims. Swags and bells are replaced with box pleated and upholstered valances that offer a fresh and tailored look that better suits a more contemporary style.






Embellishments are restrained to banding or more subtle design choices in shape or scale. Playing with one decorative element is often enough. The use of matching neutral or solid colored fabrics allow the design and shape of the valance to give a classic and fresh layered look.






Wooden valances that are often ripped out of 50's & 60's era houses are now being kept or installed and are a sleek way to hide hardware and give a sharp modern silhouette.