Patio door:  Sheffield style valance-reversed fabric used in family room-plaid lining-blue in the front and plaid piping and trim-with white sheer pulled to side.

Patio door: Sheffield style valance-reversed fabric used in family room-plaid lining-blue in the front and plaid piping and trim-with white sheer pulled to side.

Covering windows requires stamina, creativity, patience, a “good eye”, the precarious balance between timeless and trendy, etc. etc.  When checking out the 2014-2015 trends in window covering I was surprised to see the comeback of luxurious fabrics like velvet and damask.  It was suggested that as our everyday life becomes more and more tech associated, we will turn to those fabrics almost like we turn to “comfort food.”   The range of style is broad-from simple lines and fabric to bold prints simply done.  Bamboo is a favorite for blinds and rods-natural wood blinds a close second.  That is where the idea of valance comes in-just a little something to hide the hardware and add some softness and color to the window.

My family room and kitchen are one big long rectangle with a granite-topped ledge as a divider-so, I felt the fabrics for that shouldn’t necessarily match but coordinate well.  I found this fabulous plaid, matched it to a simple blue broadcloth and was well on my way.  THEN, I went to the Calico Corner site and looked at all the different types of valances.  Wow-it was a bit overwhelming, but I soon realized that I could make a choice simpler using the process of elimination.  I knew I didn’t want something fussy. That eliminated a chunk of styles.

Family room:  plaid inverted pleat with blue fabric liner and blue piping and trim.

Family room: plaid inverted pleat with blue fabric liner and blue piping and trim.

Fell in love with the inverted box pleat for the family room, and the plaid lined up perfectly and the blue fabric made a great lining.  The patio door is always kind of a challenge. A big rectangle of glass is hard to cover up because you are in and out.  I chose a honeycomb vertical slider and topped it with a valance style called Sheffield, reversed the fabric so it wouldn’t look matchy, matchy.  The little sheer on the side softened the rectangle of glass a bit : ).

YOUR TURN
In the interest of full disclosure, I think this is a time to share that I post photos and talk about them, not because I think my ideas are so great, but because we hope to create a greater awareness of our surroundings, an appreciation for what we see everyday.  And today the idea was to check out valances. I happen to love them, but know that there are so many out there more creative, more current, more, more, more : )

Let us take a peek into your everyday. Share your idea of a beautiful valance, one that is in your home or maybe one that you saw online. Isn’t it awesome how many ideas you can get from cruising online?