Kitchen Window Treatment Valances

If you are searching for some quick ways to freshen up your kitchen without making too many changes, consider adding valances to your windows. Here are some things to consider that can make a tremendous impact on your kitchen.


By: Lauren West

If you are searching for some quick ways of freshening up your kitchen without making too many changes, consider adding valances to your windows. Here are some of the ways that kitchen window treatment valances can have a tremendous impact on your kitchen.

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Valances are a popular kitchen window treatment idea where floor-length draperies are impractical. They cover only the top portion of a window and generally measure about 18 inches in height. They are made of fabric and available in countless styles. They can be mounted on boards, rods or poles and may be used with or without drapery panels. There are many different kinds of valance options that can involve a fusion of existing treatments, custom designs, or a creation of your own. The shape and style of window, along with a budget, will help you determine the scope of the project.

Valances are sometimes referenced as top treatments and offer endless possibilities. Used on their own, or over another window covering, top treatments offer both decorative and functional advantages: they can make a window seem larger than it really is, hide wall imperfections, or tie in architectural elements seamlessly.

Before considering a valance, there are a few specific things to keep in mind, like the height and width of the windows you will be covering. How do you want to complement or change the shape of your window using a valance? Will they have returns to the wall? Are there obstacles in the way, like the molding on the top of the kitchen cabinets or other immobile items? How much are you going to overlap the window, if at all, on each side? Answering a few questions will help you visualize the end result and also help you measure your window correctly.

With an infinite number of styles, colors, materials and designs available in valances, you have a lot of room for imagination. You can go for semi-circular, straight or triangle-shaped valances. Durable materials would be the best choice for a kitchen. The material for window coverings makes the difference in how easy it is to maintain your kitchen window treatments.

For the most personalized effect, choose resources that express your lifestyle: materials, texture, colors and design. If you are unsure about color combinations, patterns and overall design, purchasing treatments that are custom made is also an option to look into—or you can make your own. Customized window treatments will allow for a practical use of any accessories or embellishment, and they give the window your personalized, custom look.

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