Are you looking for the ultimate luxury in your window treatments? Then a heavy, board-mounted valance with long jabots, customized to your exact liking is the way to go. Here are a few options that we offer in custom valances, as well as some others to inspire you with your own design.
This valance features a single flat swag that’s framed by pointed handkerchief jabots on each side. We give you three options for trims:
- no trim for a simple and sleek valance
- partial trim on the flat swags only, for a traditional, but clean look; or
- full trim on both flat swag and jabots for a truly luxurious and heavy-looking window treatment.
The main fabric used in the example above was Waverly Country House, a linen and rayon blend fabric with a natural, textured quality. With the bold black background, the tan bird toile medallion stands out beautifully in the center. The jabots cascade down on the sides. We lined them in a coordinating black and tan ticking stripe fabric. The tassel trim in the center was a mix of sandy beige and black to continue the color scheme. Of course, all this installed on a heavy lumber board. Knock on wood!
This custom valance on a board features softer colors with its medium blues and soft yellows. It still is a dramatic valance because of its oversized French toile medallion in the center. While we show this valance in a French country kitchen, this fabric would work exceptionally well in a bedroom with its fabric that depicts a romantic toile scenery.
The fabric is Braemore’s My Romance. A rare find for fabric enthusiasts, which makes this valance even more special. The valance was completed with a blue and white gingham check as coordinating fabric and small tassel trim on the entire valance.
We pride ourselves on creating these sharp-pressed inverted box pleats and cascading jabots for each of our customers. It’s a clean, but heavy and luxurious window treatment that withstands the test of time.
What can we say? Waverly Country House is a popular fabric and we simply love it. Here is another version of a board-mounted valance with the fabric. This time in a bold red color. The valance features a rich crystal bead and tassel trim in a peachy gold.
In the above two photos, we found our client a great solution for her busy sliding glass doors in the breakfast area. We then matched it with a red valance above the kitchen sink. Her husband, who is 6′ 1”, made sure to install the valance on the sliding glass door closer to the ceiling. A clean, yet luxurious custom window treatment that made the whole family happy.
A classic Empire valance on a board is a look that will never go out style. Custom-made, of course, and custom-mounted on none other than a piece of good ol’ wood.
Here, the classic Empire valance features jabots that fall more freely. The swags are meticulously pleated and really bring out the sheen in the striped fabric. Many of our customers think that matching their window treatments to their walls and even valances to their draperies is a must. Of course, this is our go-to project that we show them to help them think outside the box.
In this variation of the Empire valance, the swags were pleated more. This creates depth, as well as extra length to each swag (the swags themselves were 22 inches long with the black trim in this window treatment). The jabots on each side of the Empire board-mount valance were left at a standard length.
Empire valances can be made with extra long jabots. This is when the fabric falls in a zig-zag fashion on each side of the window, and the jabots are then also appropriately called cascades. These are just a few examples from our workroom (that we have enough time to take pictures of). And to inspire you even more, here are some more ideas of board-mounted valances inside luxurious custom homes.
The Traditional Single Swag Valance
A board mount is quite heavy, so it isn’t unusual to make a heavy valance with yards of fabric that go on for days to match the heaviness. This is where the swag valance comes in. With its meticulously pleated swag that comes up from behind the board, this type of valance falls down like a waterfall would.
Here’s a board-mounted swag valance on an arched window.
To create the illusion of height, sometimes the jabots are left longer on these valances. If you’ll be making one of these beautiful valances yourself, try to snag a deal on the fabric as this kind of valance will require a lot of yardage.
A striped swag valance with ivory silk drapes underneath.
Blue and gold as a classic color combination. Board-mounted, of course.
The swag valance is a classic that has been the staple window dressing for centuries. Posting pictures of this beautiful style of valance would be endless! But, you can find plenty of other examples of single swag valances in this post.
The Tricky Corner Window
Rather than have to deal with odd curtain rod and finial configurations around a tight corner window, a custom window treatment can be adapted to fit in seamlessly using a pair of board-mounted valances instead.
Two corner windows in a master bathroom are dressed by two balloon valances.
An odd corner window above a breakfast nook is dressed with a simple kick pleat valance.
Here’s another example of a kick pleat valance in a Hollywood glam bedroom. The valance itself is very simple with its white solid fabric and light sage banding accent at the bottom.
As you can tell by now, boards have different depths depending on your needs and overall valance design. This particular box pleat valance was intended to be modern and simple so that it can work well with the rest of the contemporary design in a home office. So rather than make it too bulky, the depth of the board is only about 2 1/2 inches.
In case I’ve made you curious about the depth of the board, take a look at this colorful eat-in kitchen and its box-pleat valances. These valances have a board depth of about 3 1/2 inches. I hope that I’ve shown you some inspiring examples of board-mounted valances. They’re definitely here to stay as far as valance trends go, especially the box pleat style I’ve just shown you.