Adding Color and Pattern With Window Valances

Valances, or short curtains that cover the top portion of a window, are a great place to experiment with color and pattern in your home. Get inspired by these vibrant valances for every room.

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November 04, 2019

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Cape Cod Guest Cottage Neutral Living Room With Big Windows

Large windows with simple valances give this Cape Cod guest cottage’s living room an unimpeded view of the breathtaking surroundings, while inviting furnishings in a soft neutral palette offer ample seating for friends and family.

Guest Cottage Neutral Window Seat With Light-Blue Accents

Set in a nook with a square-arched ceiling, this window seat in soft neutrals accented with pale blue is a dreamy spot to while away a vacation afternoon.

Cottage Dining Area With Bay Window

The welcoming dining area gets a charming, soft feel from gently draped valances in a graphic, blue-and-gray print.

Open, Cottage Kitchen in Bright White

Marble clad white cabinets and island set the sophisticated tone for this mostly white kitchen, while contemporary floral valances and yellow-green barstool cushions add a note of color. Distressed wood floors add a rustic touch to the space.

Blue and White Bathroom With Dragon Valance

The blue of this master bathroom's cabinetry was matched with a shade in the chinoiserie valance.

Emphasizing a Focal Point

This spa bathroom is full of lovely romantic touches: a clawfoot tub, a chandelier and a paisley valance that draws attention to the tub.

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Add Some Color

Just off the kitchen, a pretty dining area gets tree and river vistas and plenty of sunlight. A colorful valance adds just a touch of pattern and color.

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Kitchen Window With Ikat-Patterned Valance

In a kitchen with simple style and a mostly white color palette, a splash of pattern can add personality. "Help frame a beautiful view with a valance mounted above the window. This ikat-patterned fabric, Bansuri in Slate, has a rich neutral that adds interest to the solid white cabinets," says the manufacturer.

Ornate Valance in Country Kitchen

Designer Robin Baron gave this elegant country kitchen the perfect finishing touch with an ornate scalloped valance above the sink. “I always say ‘great design is in the details’ and this beautiful valance is a perfect example,” says Baron. “I used the detail of iron hooks to create the dramatic pleating in lieu of a traditional pole and embellished the classic linen floral fabric with tassel trim, and matching tape, giving weight and importance to this country inspired valance.”

Window Shade and Valance

This window shade provides privacy while still letting in some filtered light, and the ribbon-trimmed honeycomb-print valance adds both texture and color.

Cottage Sitting Room With Blue Valances

This sitting room keeps guests and residents comfortable with two wingback armchairs and a fireplace. The windows get a dose of color and pattern from blue patterned valances hung in a gentle swag.

Neutral Transitional Nursery With Pom Pom Valance

This neutral nursery, with its subdued palette, works for either girl or boy. Pom poms on the window treatments and the patterns on the cube ottoman and rug add texture and visual interest.

Neutral Family Room With Red Valances

The color scheme in this family room is warm neutrals: reds, brown, cream, gold. Plush furniture and a big screen tv make it the place to be on game night.

Yellow Eclectic Bedroom With Blue Valances

A small bedroom makes a big style impact with creative, colorful decor. Sunshine yellow paint covers the walls, bold blue patterns leap out from the valances, sconces and accent pillows and a sprinkling of 3-D flowers dance across the space.

Neutral Sitting Room With Black and White Valances

A little color and pattern goes a long way in this small sitting room, where black and white valances dress up the windows – and even the door. A whimsical area rug and neutral love seat anchor the seating area, while fresh tulips add a shot of vibrant color.

Yellow Striped Valance and Silver Globe Pendants

A window breakfast nook allows natural light to flood this kitchen highlighting the bright atmosphere of the white walls, cabinets and backsplash. Gray stone countertop adds a darker hue to break up the stark coloring. Polished silver globes reflect the light surroundings and compliment the stainless steel appliances. A striped yellow valance adds sunny color to the design.

Checked Valance and Desk

A desk in front of a window makes even a bedroom into a home office. Desk: Stanley Furniture

Eclectic Girl's Room is Pretty in Pink

Light and bright, this girl's room features a comfortable daybed, matching contemporary side tables and a pink valance.

Blue Traditional Bedroom With Sloped Ceiling

Storage niches and sitting areas were added to this bedroom by hanging curtains and valances from the sloped ceiling.

Striped Valances

Warm wood dominates this traditional kitchen, creating a cozy country vibe. The blue accent wall and striped valances over the built-in banquette lighten up the space with some color.

Modern Breakfast Nook In Blue

This light and bright breakfast nook features blue and white fabric for the window valances, a round marble table with woven wood chairs and brass-accented chandelier.

Gray and White Dreamy Master Bedroom

A serene palette of whites, creams and grays creates a dreamy backdrop for a relaxing and modern master retreat. An acrylic canopy bed brings a weighty design presence without visually weighing down the space. Fluffy white bedding ties in with the ethereal window treatments, and a modern bench complements the lines of the bed frame.

Gleaming Small Kitchen

A glossy backsplash and bright white cabinets don't weigh down this small kitchen. A graphic valance adds a pop of pattern above the kitchen sink.

Neutral Traditional Bedroom With Blue Lamp

Subtle blue accents—the valances, a blue table lamp—bring depth to the serene wash of gray, white and beige in this traditional bedroom.

Curved Banquette and Breakfast Nook With a View

The curved windows in this breakfast room offer the perfect setting for a custom curved banquette. The white walls and wood trim create an elegant neutral scheme. The white valance creates a romantic feel.

Multicolored Traditional Sunroom With Bright Floral Chairs

Color and life abounds in this cheerful sunroom. Distinct prints and vibrant colors are mixed throughout the furniture and window valance with wild and wonderful success.

Cozy Bedding in Playful and Bright Girl's Bedroom

The classic four-poster bed is flanked by traditional white nightstands topped with bold blue lamps. A gathered window valance features a small-scale polka dot pattern that is repeated throughout the room.

Contemporary Multicolored Kids Bedroom With Bunk Beds

This kids' bedroom comes alive with vibrant colors and a whimsical mix of patterns: diamonds on the valance, stripes for the beds.... Clear storage cubes make it easy for littles to easily find what they want.

Multicolored Transitional Boy's Room With Trunks

This teen boy's room has a faint safari theme, with vintage trunks as storage at the foot of each bed and hunter green valances. A bright red rug is a flash of color on the floor.

Black and White Art Deco Kitchen With Chandelier

Silver valances and a sparkling chandelier glitz up this open plan kitchen that packs a lot into its relatively small square footage. A petite island brings in more countertop, storage and casual dining space.

Bright Cottage Dining Room With Window Bench Seating, Bamboo Chairs and Blush Pink Accents

A long window seat bench is decorated with a mix of throw pillows featuring blush patterned and bright blue patterned pillows for a pop of color. Bamboo chairs with matching blush cushions fill the remaining sides of the wood dining table. The window panels are treated with roman shades and a patterned valence.

Luxurious Light Blue Master Bathroom With Double Tray Ceiling

This traditional master bathroom features three French doors framed with soft blue draperies and floral waterfall valances. An elegant chandelier hangs from a gold leaf double tray ceiling, while an upholstered pintucked bench is positioned just below, giving the space an elegant look.

Serenely Inviting Living Room

A totally redesigned fireplace fits in perfectly with the new aesthetic of the home. Tall drapes and valances draw the eye to the high ceilings. An oversized chandelier is a bright pop of gold and works as a statement piece.

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Campaign-style cabinetry in a black lacquer topped with Carrara marble is just one of the stunning elements in this master bathroom. Carrara marble also covers the walls and floors surrounding the standalone tub. Shimmery valances add a classy, romantic feel.

Garden Party

From the white trellis-style valance to the bold grassy wallpaper and vibrant floral throw and curtain panel, this bedroom is a celebration of outdoorsy color. An instructive case in not being afraid to mix your patterns, this room creates cohesion by sticking to a palette of preppy pinks and greens.

Mix-And-Match Patterns

The key to mixing mismatched patterns? Maintain the same color palette throughout the pieces, as demonstrated in this chic bedroom. From the graphic valance, to the striped pillows and checked ottomans, a red, white and blue palette is intact.

Transitional Bedroom Features Soothing Neutral Palette and Subtle, Stylish Decor

Light colors create a subtle and beautiful design in this neutral bedroom. The sheen of the upholstery on the tufted bench, leather bed frame and patterned chair create a beautiful mix of fabric. The darker patterned throw pillows matching the valance and a trio of blue mattes framed on the wall add understated decoration.

A Nursery Full of Fun and Fantasy

Instead of overloading this nursery room with the expected pink, a neutral palette is used as a foundation and sprinkled in with touches of pink accessories and toys. Full-length windows have an impeccable view of Chicago. and custom-designed valance and curtains add decoration, as well as blocking out light.

Blue and Green Transitional Living Room

After a remodel, this light blue living room is bursting with style. Beautiful white built-ins and a blue and white fireplace set the tone for the rest of the space, which is accented by blue furnishings, a gorgeous shag rug and a pretty patterned window valance and ottoman.

Marble Bathtub With Decorative Tile Side Panel, Tufted Blue Ottoman Seat and Neutral Faux Fur Rug

The marble bathtub compliments the smooth marble floor tile. A decorative side panel on the exterior of the tub pairs with a feminine valance to add pattern and color to the design. A tufted ottoman serves as seating and open storage over a fluffy faux fur rug.

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