The trend in valances is toward flat sections of fabric that have unique shapes. If you’re looking for something more unique than the standard gathered or swag valance, then a flat valance is definitely for you. It’s also for you if you want your home to be modern and look like it’s staying current with design trends. Let’s take a look at some ideas to inspire your own design.
Commonly known as the M-shaped valance, this style is flat in the front. It also wraps around the side brackets on the curtain rod, creating that boxed, cornice-like look on the window. It’s actually a rod pocket valance.
This pattern comes in a small size, so it’s best for those narrow windows. It also works as an inside mount on your patio doors. Pick a prominent print (like the bird toile above) to truly bring out the uniqueness of this valance.
When you think of swags, you probably don’t imagine a valance like this one. You probably imagine an excessive amount of fabric draping down from the top of the window. But nowadays, less is more. It’s very well possible to have flat swags on a valance. This style is also hung from medallions rather than being shirred on a rod.
Give any window an arched shape with this simple valance. All it took was an arched pattern, some lining, and a rod pocket on top to create this kind of impact on a window.
The Parisian valance is a variation of the arched valance above. The arch is deeper on this valance, so the window will have even more shape with this style.
Is it a Roman shade? Not at all, it’s a stationary valance made to look like a Roman shade, so we call it a faux shade (fake shade). Shop our faux Roman shades for more styles.
If you have the sewing skill, you can start creating more intricate shapes at the bottom of the valance. This particular style is double layered and has an olive green valance layer under the main toile layer.
The stagecoach valance is a fun valance. It’s a whimsical way to coordinate two fabrics together. It can also work as a shade since you have the ability to manually roll it up from the bottom as desired.
The arched valance can be upgraded with trumpets in between each arched section. Speaking of arched sections, you can repeat them as many times as you’d like to cover wide and extra wide windows.
The Emily valance is another arched valance, although this style is broken up by a small bell in the center. It’s also a tab top valance, so you can adjust it to either be a completely flat valance or gather it a bit to create a more casual, free-flowing look on the window.
This valance style has the asymmetrical tails and jabots that a traditional swag and jabot valance has. But, notice that the swag is actually flat, with only a few pleats on one side of the valance.