When I think of a valance, I think of the ones my mom had back in the day, you know the balloon valances in awkward colors or patterns. Granted, my mom never spent a whole lot on window treatments so she chose, for lack of a better word, cheap, cotton balloon valances. They always faded after a few months from the sunlight and seemed to be great dust collectors. Needless to say, I sort of made it my mission one day to research modern day valances.
You’d be surprised that I did find some interesting styles in valances.
I really like the idea of a rolled (aka tie-up) valance. This style does double duty in that it can be rolled and then tied to become a valance or unrolled to serve as a curtain when necessary. A rolled valance is a great DIY window treatment, gives a nice casual feel, and can be very affordable.
I also love a tiered, straight-edged valance. It has several layered fabrics of different lengths to create a stepped look. This look is great for a more contemporary design.
Which brings me to next favorite, the straight valance. Its name speaks to its design- straight, simple, and minimal. Seemingly easy to install as well.
Finally, I like the idea of a box pleated valance. Simple enough, it features pleats in the corners and the center of the valance. This style is definitely more formal, especially great for dining rooms.
Bringing it back to the basics, valances are mainly used to cover up curtain rods and other window hardware. I think with the right fabric choice and style to match your room esthetic, a valance, yes even a balloon valance, can add that finishing touch.