A decade later, “greige” is still in. Now that I think about it, warm neutrals were always in (they just didn’t have a cool word for it that everyone wanted to excessively throw around).
Window treatments are no different – greige valances are still a classic, timeless choice. And here are a few popular ideas from our custom shop.
DESIGNER TIP: We carry over 700 fabrics, so it might be a lot. But if you’re looking for a quick way to find a warm gray color, look for anything labeled French grey. The French grey colorway on our fabrics has just a bit of gray mixed into a warm base. Not quite beige, but just the right dash of warmth to officially make it greige.
Tie-Up Londons (Tailed Balloon Valances)
London valances, or faux London shades, have deep swags that are flanked by deep tails on each side. Ours come with ties handmade from the same fabric, or with a contrasting grosgrain ribbon if you want a pop of color.
Miguel is a cotton fabric with some nice weight to it. It features tribal medallions that appear to have a distressed pattern. This tailed balloon valance is held up by contrasting ties in a medium gray.
It used to be that beach house valances were limited to homes directly on the coast only, but nowadays, we get orders from all over the US. In case you want that beachy look (that doesn’t look cheap or childish), consider Naples with its unique coral pattern. This too is our French grey colorway, and yes, the same ties were used as were for the example above.
Flat Faux Roman Shades
Faux Roman shades are stationary valances that look like Roman shades. Let’s take a look at what’s available for this style.
Linen can be a hit and miss sometimes when it comes to custom valances, especially if you aren’t experienced working with it or picking it as a designer. For faux shades, many linen fabrics on the market aren’t sturdy enough to create the strong lines and folds that are necessary.
For that reason, we like certain linen blend fabrics. This one (Bosco), has a bit of heavy cotton blended into the linen to give it the sturdiness and weight that it needs. And here, the customer picked a white trim as an embellishment. The colorway (Pewter) has a bit of a neutral green tone to it, but it’s so subtle, it could easily be classified as a greige as well.
Grove features oversized leaf patterns on a clean, white cotton base. The French grey colorway features a warm gray color. This pattern is especially popular with our customers for their kitchen and sunroom windows. It’s a great design if you’re looking to just frame a beautiful view and bring nature in.
Let’s get focal (or not).
In case you’re looking for not just a neutral color, but also a neutral pattern, Riverbed’s a good choice. This warm gray and white pattern is simply a modern small-scale dot design. Great when you’re looking for a good quality, contemporary valance that doesn’t take away from the design in the rest of the room.
And if you are looking for a window to become a focal point, then you have to go big on the design. Here, a warm gray is mixed it with some warm beige and off-white. But it’s the oversized floral medallion pattern that truly stands out.