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Sleek Window Valance Ideas

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Flat Roman Shade with Valance in Herringbone Mist. Design by Nicolette Brand.

Window valances are a great way to add structure and polish to the top of your windows. At The Shade Store, we offer several varieties of clean and simple valances to complement our Roman, Roller, Solar, and Woven Wood Shades. Here are our favorite window valance ideas and where to use them.

Upholstered Valances

Upholstered valances are 4” tall and handmade to coordinate with the material of your shade, giving the treatment a clean and finished look. The valance adds 1” of width to an outside mount shade.If your windows do not have any trim, an outside mount valance can provide visual weight and interest to an otherwise simple window casing. For squat windows or low ceilings, you can let the valance sit above the top of the window frame to create the illusion of a bigger window.

Valances are also ideal for hiding window treatment mechanisms. If you have wide or multiple windows and have chosen to mount multiple shades on one headrail, a valance covers the locations where the multiple shades meet the rail and makes the multiple shades look cohesive.

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Flat Roman Shade with Valance in Linen Ivory. Design by The Emerald Studio.

Metal Valances

For Roller and Solar Shades, metal valances are available in white, silver, and espresso finishes, as well as a fabric insert option. Exposed metal valances look right at home in modern and industrial designs, and can mirror an optional exposed bottom bar.

Standalone Valances

Perhaps you have a small window or a glass door that doesn’t need a full window treatment, but you want its design to tie into the rest of the room’s window shades. Maybe you have a window that does not require any added privacy or light blockage, but it looks bare without any dressing. A standalone valance is the perfect solution for these types of situations. A valance will add a touch of color and softness to your window without a full shade.

Visit one of our nationwide showrooms to see our shades and valances in person, request a free catalog, or give our expert Design Consultants a call at (800) 754-1455.