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Types of Valances

If you're planning on redoing your windows, it can be helpful to review all the different types of valances out there. Go for stylish simplicity with a single box pleated valance in a neutral color. Or, lend a vintage air to your great room with tie-up valances patterned in damask prints. Whichever topper you're going for, find a quick-and-easy definition that lets you know exactly what you're working with.




Ascot Valance
Ascot Valance
Triangular valances that are hung in multiples to create a zigzagging contour along the bottom edges.

Austrian Valance
Austrian Valance
A rod pocket valance with sewn folds that, when shirred on a rod, form bell-shaped projections; the outer edges usually taper down slightly on either side.

Blouson Valance
Blouson Valance
A puffy, "blousy" topper formed from one big fabric loop; you can create a fuller look by stuffing the inside of this loop with tissue paper.

Box Pleat Valance

Box Pleat Valance
A rectangular topper with three double-folds of fabric; a double fold is formed by creasing two lengths of fabric in opposite directions.

Butterfly Style Valance
Butterfly Style Valance
A topper with a stationary center pouf and flowing sides created by a cinch in the back.

Contour Valance
Contour Valance
A valance with a shaped bottom edge.

Cornice Valance
Cornice Valance
A window topper that comes in a set of three: two side pieces that slide onto a rod in front and one top piece that slides onto a second rod in the back.

Duchess Valance
Duchess Valance
A scalloped valance (or pair of scalloped valances) where the outer edges turn inwards toward the window frame, creating a wrap-around look.

Empire Valance
Empire Valance
A rod pocket valance that alternates draping swags and bell-shaped projections; it usually has decorative bottom trim.

Fairfield Valance
Fairfield Valance
A valance with scalloped edges and a layered look.

Fan Swag Valance
Fan Swag Valance
A window topper with a tie in the center, which creates a fan shape near the bottom; it is generally hung in multiples.

Flounce Valance
Flounce Valance
A full-bodied valance with gathered folds of fabric; it can form a V shape, a U shape, or a rectangle.

Insert Valance
Insert Valance (Filler Valance)
A small valance, usually shorter in width, that is placed between swags on a wider window.

Layered Valance
Layered Valance
An all-in-one window topper that has the look of individual valances on one rod.

Patriot Valance
Patriot Valance
A window topper with fabric ascots that, when shirred on a rod, create a series of bell-shaped projections; it usually has ruffle or tassel trim.

Petticoat Valance
Petticoat Valance
A fitted, shaped valance meant to go on a continental rod; may or may not have two layers of fabric in differing yet complementary patterns.

Prairie Curtains
Prairie Curtains
Two gathered valances that taper down to single points on either side of a window.

Regent Swag Valance
Regent Swag Valance
A window topper with rounded scoop swags and ascot flaps that form a rod pocket.

Scalloped Valance
Scalloped Valance
A window topper with a decorative border that creates a series of curves along the bottom edge.

Scarf Valance
Scarf Valance
A long piece of fabric designed to drape across a window in any fashion.

Swag Valance Pair
Swag Valance Pair
A pair of angled valances; can be used alone or with insert valances in between.

Tailored Valance
Tailored Valance
A standard rectangular valance that can be used alone or paired with swags.

Tie Up Valance
Tie Up Valance
A one-piece window topper with a fabric layer drawn up by two ties.

Toga Swag Valance
Toga Swag Valance
A valance with pointed, low-scoop swags and ascot flaps that form rod pockets.

Tuck Valance
Tuck Valance
A window topper with tucked-in pleats that form balloon-like poufs, when hung on a curtain rod.

Victory Valance
Victory Valance
A topper formed by fabric tabs that, when shirred on a rod, create a series of bell-shaped projections; the long outer edges taper downward to frame either side of the window.

Waterfall Valance
Waterfall Valance
A window topper that, when shirred on a rod, has a downward-flowing drape.


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