A girl’s bed room gets an interesting valance!

When I get the request to design a child’s bed room, I get really excited!!!!

Recently I got a call from a Naperville resident to design a valance for his 10 year old daughter, he mentioned that his daughter is into sports and very athletic, she is not much into pinks and frills, she likes her window treatment clean and simple.

He also mentioned the need for shades to keep the sunlight out, to help his daughter to sleep in on weekends and Holidays.

The valance design consisted of four separate parts connected together with lace that resembles athletic shoe. Each part had a curved edge on the bottom of the valance to add that softness and femininity.

Two shades (Room darkening, Applause shades by Hunter Douglas) was provided to keep the sun away as well as providing saving on the energy bills, which came as unexpected bonus to the dad!

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Valances: they can be a solution to many decorating dilemmas!

Here are some issues that we come across when designing window coverings for our clients, and valances has been the perfect solution:

  • Sometimes blinds were selected for a functional reason (privacy, and light control) and the hardware of those blinds are unsightly. A valance will be ideal in this case to cover up what needs to be covered.
  • When rooms are too small, and full draperies are overpowering, valances can provide the warmth, texture and color to the room just as much as a pair of drapes, without overwhelming the room.
  • If the view can not be compromised, and full draperies are obstructive, a well designed valance will give maximum exposure, without taking away the beautiful view.
  • When there is a need for natural light in rooms for a special function, such as craft or sewing rooms, sun rooms and kitchens, valences liven the windows without blocking the sunlight.
  • If the window is by an area where draperies can be easily soiled like over a sink window in the kitchen, or in a bath room by the jacuzzi, having a valance to dress those windows up is much more practical than draperies that drop down.
  • When having two windows on one wall with different sizes, designing valances to help unify the look is a smart idea.

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How to be creative with your Valances!

In my opinion what makes a valance, or any window treatment is the bells and whistles you add. When I say bells and whistles, it is not necessarily has to have fringes, trims, and embellishments, it could be adding an unusual pleat, buttons, contrast cording, grommets or the way you lay your fabric. Cutting your fabric on the bias, especially if the fabric has a special design, such as checks, or a geometrical pattern effects the look of the valence. How about alternating the pattern, perhaps having the face of the valance be normally cut and inserting the pleat that has been cut on the bias?  Take a look at the pictures below.

RMCOCO did it again!

Just returned from an installation of new custom draperies and valances, in Aurora Illinois. I was so impressed and so did my client, with the beauty of the side panels and the hardware. The fabric name was Chimera, color Bark and the hard ware was from the Coco Deco collection.

The draperies were lined and interlined, that really helps when you want that extra body added to your drapes.

The hardware created more beauty, and elegance, As a matter of fact the room needed nothing more than that.

Have you tried products from RMCOCO? If not, please do and you can trust me on that!

Thanks RMCOCO!!!!

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