The point of a bay window is to allow lots of light into a room. While you can hang curtains for privacy, it sort of defeats the purpose of a bay window. Still, you don’t want the window to be bare, so what’s an alternative way to dress a bay window without blocking too much of the light? Window valances. Today we are going to focus on the scarf valance and learn how to hang a scarf on a bay window. Scarf valances are easy to install and you can get really creative with one or more colors.
First, how to hang scarf window treatments. In this case, window scarf valances. One way is to take the material and center it on the rod. This gives you symmetry. Both sides will have the same amount of material hanging so that it doesn’t take away from either side of the bay window. With bay windows you typically have to dress each section on its own, but with simple scarf valences, you can hit all three sections with one piece of material.
Assuming you’ve already taken measurements for the amount of material you will need, go ahead and take your fabric and drape it out over the middle section. (If you haven’t measured yet, you will need three times the amount of fabric to the total width of the bay window.) There’s no need to secure it yet as you need to make sure each side is symmetrical to the other. What you are going for is an arch look for now. Next, hang the fabric over the outside of the rods on the outer window sections. Align it to match on both sides. Tailor it, hem it, whatever you need to do.
How To Secure Scarf Valances On Medallions
If you are using medallions to hold the scarf valance in place, go ahead and set the medallions at the end of the rods and drape your material loosely over them allowing the scarf valance to hang some in the middle section. Let it drop about a third of the way down in the middle. Now do the same for the other two sections. The medallions are used to simply give the fabric something to drape over. If you prefer using ring medallions, you can just feed the fabric through the rings at each end of a section. It’s the same as how to tie window scarf to drapery medallion. It’s not actually being tied, but fed through the ring. You can also try hanging window scarves with hooks.
Another way to set the scarf valances is asymmetrically. This means to let the outside sections hang longer than the insides. This is a more artistic approach to the bay window valance if you want to dress them individually rather than as one piece. All you have to do for this is pull the material so that one side is hanging lower than the other. It’s that simple.
How To Make A Scarf Valance With Different Colors For A Bay Window
Say you want to have more than one color fabric for your scarf. This will add both depth and texture in a layered look. Take fabrics of the same type of material but contrasting colors, and hang one scarf just like we did above. When you are ready for the second scarf you want to drape it over the first but in the middle sections you want the fabric to drape behind the other, so that it gives a layered appearance. Play around with it until you get the look you are going for. As for how to tie scarf valances that intertwine, use your medallions the same way as you would have above with a single scarf. Knowing how to hang a scarf on a bay window isn’t difficult; the hardest part is planning and getting materials.