If you're tired of ornate drapes or simple sheers, dress your windows up by adding a wood valance. Whether you choose a multitasking valance box or a simple, chic cornice, a wood valance can add style and even storage to your windows.
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A shelf valance is one way to dress up your windows while also adding storage. Whether you choose a simple wood valance with a plate groove or decorative railing on top, or a valance that includes an inset shelf area, a shelf valance creates display space while also finishing your window. HGTV has instructions for building a shelf valance that's perfect for the do-it-yourselfer; simple wood valances that are wide enough to create display space are available at home improvement stores.
Shaped Wood Valances
For a more versatile window treatment that can be dressed up or dressed down, nothing beats a shaped wood valance. As appropriate in a formal setting as it is in a more casual room, a shaped wood valance adds a touch of sophistication to any window.
A scalloped wood valance is a good choice for those who like versatility. A look that blends well with any decor, scalloped valances can be used with drapes in a formal dining room as well as with tiers in a country kitchen. Keep scalloped wood valances the same colour as the window trim for maximum decorating options.
Arched wood valances are a staple of the formal window, providing architectural detail that makes older homes or new homes with an old-world style seem richer. Pair arched wood valances with heavy drapes that are rich in texture and colour for an elegant look.
That gingerbread trim that gives Victorian homes and country cottages so much character is also a great detail for windows. Gingerbread-type valances give windows the rich look of wood while also letting the sun shine in - the best of both worlds concerning wood valances.
Carved Wood Valances
The ultimate in style and sophistication is the carved wood valance. Whether accented with dentil moulding or intricate floral or other designs, carved wood valances are an elegant accent to a formal window. Carved wood valances are available in many heights and depths, which makes finding one that's perfect for your room easy.
A carved wood valance calls for a rich drapery; layered panels and sheers are a great look with carved wood valances, as are velvet or watered silk panels.
If your style is more contemporary than country or traditional, there's still a wood valance that's right for you. Wood cornices keep your look modern while still adding sophistication to the room.
Try a simple wood cornice in a finish that matches your walls or your window trim, or, try upholstered wood cornices in fabrics that coordinate with the upholstery or walls in your room. Wood cornices are a great way to add a finished look to windows where blinds or shades will be the only window treatment, but also look good with simple panels, as well.
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