Sometimes, trying to follow a specific decorating theme in your home can end up looking like you’re dressing your home up for Halloween.

The beach theme is very popular nowadays, thanks to magazine covers and TV shows that are full of fancy ocean homes and their windows with glistening ocean views.

But how do you dress your window with a nautical-themed valance without looking tacky?

Here are a few ideas that are just subtle and tasteful enough to achieve this feat.


Striped Fabrics Made of Twill Cotton

Blue and white stripes are a classic way to go coastal with your home design. But one detail that many people often overlook is the type of fabric used. A twill cotton with blue and white stripes will be very different than a polyester, even if the actual fabric design is the same.

Pick natural fibers whenever you have a chance. Take a look at this beach-themed valance and its twill fabric.





Faux Shades with Turquoise Grosgrain Ribbon

A faux shade is a valance that’s made to look like a Roman shade, but is stationary.

But why would a valance like this one work in a coastal home?

First, coastal homes are all about simplicity and clean lines, and this particular style of window treatment fits in well with that. Second, by picking a fabric with a white base, then accenting it with grosgrain ribbon in turquoise, you’ll achieve the open and bright concept that’s key to coastal decorating.

Hang the faux shade as an inside mount to put an emphasis on a freshly painted window frame in white.


Don’t Forget the Fringe

Imagine beaded acrylic fringe in deep indigo and turquoise dangling from the bottom hem of the valance. As the sunlight hits those beads, they’ll end up looking like water drops coming from the ocean.

Another way to go about adding trim is by thinking about the sandy and tan colors of sand and driftwood, then introducing them as accent pieces.

And if you really want to embrace the nautical theme, consider adding twist cord trim. It will definitely mimic nautical rope.


Choose Nautical-Themed Fabric Patterns

Lastly, I’d like to encourage you to pick coastal-themed fabrics.

Remember, your fabrics should be made with natural fibers like cottons or linens. Stay away from polyesters if you can.

The fabrics below can be found in our custom department.


Coral Reef Fabrics


Tropical-Themed Fabrics


Beach-Themed Wavy Stripes (Twill Cottons)

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