Long gone are the days when solid colored, boring valances were the only choice you had when it comes to these top window treatments. Now, vibrant colors and big, oversized patterns are back in style.
Home decorating now is fun and playful. Multi-colored valances are in style once again! All you have to do is to notice the commercials and magazine ads that are full of colorful home decor items and homeowners who are celebrating their child-like nature while designing their dream home.
So, how does this translate to soft window treatments?
Bold colors of vibrant turquoise, red, and pink are becoming more and more prominent in custom valances in 2018. If you’re trying to get your home up to date, multi-colored valances are a great place to start. Here are a few ideas in case you want to add a valance with a punch of color to your own home.
Red Faux Shade with Large Leaf Prints in Modern Kitchen
This ultra modern kitchen needed a splash of color to offset its light-colored cabinetry. The double window above the kitchen sink was a great opportunity to add a red fabric with a linen-like texture. The floral and leaf print features subtle beige and khaki with a pop of teal. To stay in line with the overall modern design of the room, a flat faux Roman shade was chosen to feature this beautiful fabric.
The faux shade could also be made into a fully functional Roman shade in case you’d like to be able to draw it up or down for light filtering or privacy control.
Comfy Breakfast Area with Deep Red and Green Accents
It’s truly a blessing to have a breakfast area with this many windows. To really put these windows in focus and their lovely frames, a burgundy red was chosen for the wall. Each window was framed by a board-mounted custom valance with inverted box pleats. The top fabric features whimsical prints of animals and florals in vibrant red and green, all printed on a rich ivory background.
The bottom layer of the valance was made in a stripe that pulled from the color scheme in the other fabric and the wall. Notice also that because the window valance was installed higher up (almost touching the ceiling), two things were achieved.
First, the illusion of height was created. Second, a larger section of each window was exposed, allowing more light in and preserving the view to the outside.
Colorful Leaf Print Fabric in Pink, Green, Yellow and Black
This bathroom valance was so colorful, it’s almost impossible to list all the colors seen on the print. But it’s a prime example of how bathroom window treatments have evolved from the dark, traditional colors that were popular back in the 1990s. And one might argue that this valance may be one revealing trend of what else is to come.
After all, so many bathrooms have been designed in light pastel blues (aqua) and greens (spa) in the past decade or so, it’s only natural to expect a change eventually in this trend as well. But until that change happens, let’s keep this beautiful picture up as proof of how color can make any room more vibrant.
Red and Green Jacobean Floral Valance with Banding
In case you’re looking for something truly special on your windows, then this custom window valance is a great solution. Most valances are installed on rod pockets using a standard curtain rod, and I certainly understand how uninspired some of my clients can be when they first come to me.
To break out of the rut of buying pre-packaged, standard valances, try installing your valance on medallions (or curtain holdbacks) like this one was. The medallions alone added color with their brushed gold, matte finish.
But if that isn’t enough, a Jacobean floral fabric like this one with its vibrant red, green and yellow will certainly add some punch. Texture also shouldn’t be ignored. It may not add color to a window treatment, but texture is one of the most potent ways to add depth to a window treatment.
Here, the colorful florals were printed on a linen and cotton blend fabric base, giving the valance both color and texture. Speaking of color, the bottom of the valance included wide banding in dark olive green as an accent.
Bold Red Toile Valances Around a Fireplace
This type of valance is most often considered by my clients for their living rooms or master bedrooms. Why? It’s because its asymmetrical nature allows it to be made in asymmetrical, mirror-like fashion. As you can tell from the photo, this can be a great window solution to frame a fireplace in a living room or furniture piece in a master bedroom.
But back to the idea of vibrant, bold colors. Here, a vibrant red stripe with subtle stripes was used. As is possible in custom valances, the large bird toile pattern was obviously centered on each flat swag. The valance featured two jabots that are each lined in a gold colored fabric with a slubbed texture.
And you can’t talk about color without tassel fringe. Here, colorful tassel fringe in alternating red and gold was used. The fact that the fringe was made of rayon instead of gold gave it a high luster and brought out its colors even more in the valance.
Pink and Green Cuffed Valance in Girl’s Room
When it comes to valances for girls’ rooms, the go-to color combination parents (and kids alike) choose is pink and green. This valance pattern is whimsical with its wavy shape. It’s not apparent here, but it looks amazing when viewed from the side. The top of the valance features cuffs that reveal the bold green check coordinating fabric.
Speaking of fabric, I didn’t mention the main fabric here. It’s Waverly’s Seaside Lily. The fabric base is a light pink, but the real color comes from the yellow and green lily design on it. And the acrylic finial cap in pink was a very unique choice. Frankly, it’s as unique as the valance is (it’s probably a rare find, too).
Colorful Kitchen Valance Featuring Tropical Pineapple and Floral Print
Not many people enjoy washing the dishes, especially when they need to do it by hand. To make it more enjoyable, consider a joyful, multi-color valance above the kitchen sink. Joking aside, this fabric features a vibrant color that teeters between pink and red. The rest of the pattern includes colorful yellow, amber and green.
The same red and gold tassel trim that was used in the bird toile valances around the fireplace (as seen a few examples above) was used for this valance as well. Notice how this valance was installed on knobs that were spray-painted to match the fabric color.
Colorful Balloon Valance over Kitchen Sink
I’d like to give you another example of a custom valance over a kitchen sink. Here, a balloon valance was chosen and was left a bit longer than usual to control for light and privacy. This was a great opportunity to incorporate even more of this vibrant Jacobean fabric. Upon closer inspection, we see a few unique custom details.
You see, the blue that was used to paint the gorgeous kitchen island is also found elsewhere. The Jacobean florals on the fabric include this exact hue of blue. The piping on the top of the valance is also this same color. And finally, the tassel trim on the bottom of the balloon valance also pulls all the colors of the fabric together. I truly believe that every country kitchen deserves a custom valance.
The balloon valance is a great choice for a traditional kitchen like this one. I highly recommend this style of window valance in case you’d like to achieve a traditional country look in your own kitchen.
Roll-Up Valance in Raspberry Pink and Green
The stagecoach custom valance (also called the roll-up valance) created here was whimsical with its interspersed florals. The true beauty of the fabric is its pristine white background and small satin stripes that give this cotton a great base for the colorful print. The back of the valance was entirely lined in a coordinating dark pink and green stripe. The green from the stripe was pulled to create the ties.
Distressed Toile Print on Deep Hues of Yellow, Red and Green
Here’s another example of how important the texture of a fabric can be. The rayon in the toile fabric gives it a subtle sheen that comes through because of the interwoven rayon threads rather than being simply a layer on top of the fabric. Add to this the illusion of a toile design that appears distressed and an opportunity was created to play with color.
It doesn’t stop there, though. A woven cotton with satin stripes was added as the bottom layer of the scalloped valance. And to create a true wow factor, long acrylic bead trim in a bold red was added here as well.
Multi Color Shaped Valances
Shaped window valances are simple rod pocket valances that slightly gather on a curtain rod. Here are a few colorful ideas to inspire your next room design.