Valances can serve as a cohesive element in a complete blinds and drapery ensemble, or they can stand alone as the perfect finishing touch. They can be used to command attention, frame a beautiful view, or soften rigid lines. Their design can range from intricate to minimalistic.
The same principles of color and pattern that apply to drapery also apply to valances. However, an additional rule of proportion is required to determine the height of the valance.
The rule of proportion, often referred to as the 1/5 rule, suggests that the height of the window treatment should be divided by 5 to determine the valance height. For example:
A blind that’s 60″ long would ideally have a 12″ high valance.
For a drapery that’s 84″ long, a 17″ high valance would be most suitable.
It’s also essential to determine the appropriate returns for your valance – the depth of the sides and top from the front of the valance to the wall.
For valances over blinds, the returns should be 3″.
When placed over drapes, the returns should be 6″.
And if the valance is going over both drapes and sheers, the returns should be 9″.
Wood Cornice with Sheers
Wooden cornices can imbue your windows with a sense of charm, style, and warmth. They can be utilized as ornamental covers for rods, or they can simply add an aesthetic flair to the room.