Waterfall valances weave a regal flourish along your decorative rod. A pair of swags accent a sunlit pane for an inviting and warm look. It's true, valances can enhance your current drapery or drum up impact as your primary window treatments. But did you know they can also improve your privacy without obstructing the sun and fresh air? Only covering the top part of windows, valances do not altogether block natural light or your view of the outside world. Plus, they provide just the right amount of privacy to divert curious eyes. Window valances strike a balance between your indoor and outdoor worlds, allowing you to revel in both the beauty of nature and the security of your home. Valances are also a godsend for any home decorator who finds him or herself tackling a high-traffic room. High-traffic rooms host a variety of activities in your home, from boiling pasta in the kitchen to running the shower in the bathroom. Curtains that skim or puddle on the floor are not very practical for these areas. Valances, on the other hand, are never underfoot yet still exude elegance and style. So, which one of the valance styles is more your speed? Touch of Class offers three main categories to spark some inspiration. If you're searching for something billowy with a nice drape, you should browse our swag valance category for ideas. Or if a luscious and full gather is more to your liking, try the gathered valance category. Finally, for those that cannot resist the allure of the neat and tidy, the tailored valance category features crisp lines and geometric shapes. Whatever you choose, rest assured that your window treatments will be both beautiful and functional with the help of a valance or two.