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  • Window Treatments and Valances

    Date: 2010.04.27 | Category: Window Valance Decorating Tips, Window Valance Shopping | Response: 0

    Window treatments and valances go hand in hand and you can easily pick a wrong match if you don’t spend the necessary time coming up with a good fit. It is easier to get it right the first time though, definitely easier than most people make it out to be. All you have to do is avoid a few simple mistakes and you can come up with a good solution.

    1. Match the colors of your curtains and the window valances. There is nothing wrong with using a light set of curtains and a valance that is dark in color, but make sure they go with each other well. There is nothing that kills the looks of a room more than a small glitch like this. Don’t fall into the mistake of trying to make everything look the exactly same. Remember, diversity is bliss.

    2. There are so many different styles and shapes available at any shop dealing with textures and home decorations that you’d get tired just looking at a simple list. Think about what you want from your window treatment valances and choose accordingly. A modern looking room may refuse to work well with a baggy velvet treatment, but might work well with a simple sheer scarf. Imagine the perfect room and try to find the fitting parts, don’t make the mistake of choosing something just because it’s available. Make it unique and comfortable to look at; it’s your home after all!

    3. Don’t combine light fabrics with heavy materials unless you’ve got a well thought out reason to do so. It creates a discrepancy, and may look good at first. However, it may start to bug you later to the point where you take everything off just to start all over again. It is both time and money consuming and is to be avoided. If the curtain you use is just a thin sheer cloth, go for something similar in appearance in your valance window treatments if you don’t want to get an awkward result.

    4. Kitchen windows are just as important as the ones you have in your living room, the number of materials you can use there is a little lower, however. Normal cotton, silk or velvet treatments would lose their color to steam or stain quickly or stink of oil just a few days later. Therefore, you should keep these limitations in mind when choosing valances for your kitchen. Go for synthetic materials as they are generally cheaper to get and easier to keep clean. Cheap window valances are a good choice for the kitchen where they are going to be damaged easily.

    5. Think about the price before you get to the shop. The money you pay greatly depends on the size, shape, material and rarity of valance window treatments. You shouldn’t put yourself in a situation where you need to decide if the money or the perfect looks are worth more. Set a budget, a limit of some description you won’t cross no matter what so you have one thing less to think about when the sales representative tries to guide you towards items on the pricier shelf.

    If you know what you are looking for in your window treatments and valances you will probably get a good deal for your money and a great look in your rooms. Those people who go shopping without a well formed opinion or taste can be sold almost anything.

  • Window Valances

    Date: 2010.04.26 | Category: Window Valance Shopping | Response: 0

    When you ask people what they want to achieve in life, the most common answer is going to be wealth. They want to have money to take holiday trips, they want to be wealthy enough to get the car of their dreams and they also want a house they own. While the former two could be subjects they could show off, the latter is definitely more intimate. People need to own their houses so that they can make a home out of it without anyone making the calls whether they can buy a new kitchen table or repaint the living room.

    Semi-sheer Waterfall Window Valance

    When you have a home it is only natural to have an urge to decorate it in a way so that it is welcoming and warm, and you can blow off all the stress from work when you sit down in your favorite armchair. A window valance might sound like a little piece in this puzzle, but the smaller a detail may look the more subtly will it contribute to the whole picture. You can literally spend thousands of dollars repainting a room, getting new furniture, matching everything to each other just to realize something is missing and an empty window is just that.

    You have already chosen your window covering in a form of shutters, blinds or just simple curtains you can open and close to your taste, but if you go just one step further, stepping right over functionality to looks and design you will realize that there is much more to do. Window valance treatments are not for keeping your privacy and they are not for anyone else. They are there just for you to feel good in your own home and this is why it is nice to spend time choosing them carefully. You can put all your sense of design into them and they will carry your personal touch.

    When choosing the perfect fit for your room, you may want to consider some necessary steps before choosing the first window treatments and valances you like. First of all, you need to decide on the budget, you need to know if there is a limit you are not comfortable crossing. This will rule few of the more expensive options out, but that is far from being a bad thing. For example, a kitchen or a bathroom doesn’t need heavy velvet balloon valances, they are places of practicality, and while you still can put treatments on the window, you may want to consider cheap window valances to keep costs to the minimum in case you need to replace steam damaged fabrics.

    Kitchen window valances are often made in a simple fashion using light and cheap fabrics, but you can choose something more vibrant, something more attention grabbing in the rest of your house, where steam and humidity is less likely to take away from the colors and texture of your new window treatments.

    Choosing the best match to your room is not as hard as some people would let you assume, after measuring the windows and picking curtain rods 6-12 inches longer, setting the budget you are willing to spend, the choice is all yours and is a subject to your personal taste.

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