A tailored valance, though usually following a very straight and simple line and used mostly in kitchen settings, does not have to be relegated to the kitchen only. These window valances can be used to add style and elegance to almost any window; it all depends on the type of material that you choose for your tailored valances.
Traditionally, homemakers would use other types of valances to spice up their living room and bedroom windows but that is no longer the case. While it cannot be disputed that the gorgeous balloon valances or the swag style sheer valances are considered to be more decorative, it is possible to have the same effect with the tailored kind.
Tailored window valances go straight across the top of the window area from one side to the other, usually hung on a curtain rod. Some are straight, others are pleated or gathered. The actual length of the valance can vary, depending on the look you are trying to achieve and the overall style of the window and any other curtains that may be hanging there. As with other styles of valances, they can be made from the same material as the other curtains, or they can be made from a color and material that complements the hanging curtains. You can also add a sheer tailored window valance over other curtains.
For a very simple look, try hanging this type of valance over a window without adding any curtains. You can offset the window by using either a colored valance or even a sheer valance, depending on the effect you are trying for. If the window is small, it is better to not make the valance too long. Just a small valance across the top of a window can be very effective. It is also a great option for windows with a blind where you want an open look during the day to give a more airy effect yet you still want privacy as evening approaches. If you hang this style you should match the color of the material to the actual window frame, or have it blend in with the surrounding walls.
This type of valance also goes very well in windows where you also have a half curtain, one that merely covers the bottom section of the window but leaves the top section open. The straight line of this valance balances out the straight line of the upper section of the half curtain. Normally in these cases you would make the valance and the lower half curtain from the same material.
A straight check valance also looks fantastic in a kitchen. This style of valance naturally suits checked material, as the straight lines go well with the symmetry of the check material. In fact, any material with horizontal lines lends itself well to this style.
A tailored window valance can also be used to give a more formal appearance. In situations where elegance is your main goal, the choice of material is very important as is the actual cut of the material and the style used. Pleated or gathered sheer valances with a straight line can look very elegant although they would be more suited to a bedroom than a living room. For a truly elegant look, match use the same material as you use for your curtains and choose a style that is not pleated or gathered very much, but is fairly straight across. An example of this is the valance where the material is taut across the window area, and pleated at the sides. If this is made from appropriate fabric it can look very classy indeed.
There are many different ways you can add a touch of class to your home using these types of valances. All it takes is a little imagination and planning to achieve the exact effect you are after.