About This Window Treatment
With so many sharp, rectangular lines in a room, it’s difficult to find that special piece that will make a room stand out. This arched valance will do just that. Its bottom hem is created in a soft arch pattern as a way to break up those lines and make a house a home.
Not only does this valance look great as a focal point on a single window (we think it looks great over a kitchen sink window), but it also works well on a wall of repeating single windows. It’s great to have plenty of windows in a home, but sometimes they need to be softened up a bit with window treatments. The arched valance is simple enough to do just that without competing with your beautiful windows.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make this valance in another width?
This valance is available between 35 and 48 inches. Because of the arched pattern and some other limitations, we have determined that this valance cannot be made outside of this width range. We do, however, recommend our arched trumpet valance as an alternative. We create it using the same arch pattern also offer it with a rod pocket.
What kind of curtain rod or hardware do I need for this valance?
You’ll need a standard drapery pole with some decorative finials on each side. The rod simply slides through the 3-inch rod pocket of the valance. We recommend a drapery pole with a 1 3/8-inch diameter. There are drapery poles with a 1-inch diameter, which should work just fine. However, we don’t recommend curtain rods with “thin” diameters. You’ll have a lot of space left in your rod pocket, and quite frankly, a custom valance needs hardware that matches its quality.
Which length should I choose?
This depends on many factors. Typically, you’ll want your valance length to be proportional to its width. For example, a 36-inch wide valance works great at a 19-inch length, while perhaps a 48-inch wide valance may keep its arched shape better if the 23-inch length is chosen. The proportion of the valance in your room also plays a role. Large rooms with tall ceilings may do better with longer valance lengths. Adding trim will also add to the overall length of the valance, which is another factor to consider. Lastly, if you choose a fabric with large, prominent patterns that need to be centered, we recommend the 21-inch length at least.
NOTE: This valance may be installed onto an adjacent block of windows on the same wall. If this is the case, we recommend that you choose the same length to stay consistent, no matter what the individual widths of the windows are.
How do I buy this valance?
Simply make your selections above, check the price at the bottom of your selections, and click to add to cart. Then proceed to checkout.
How long does it take to ship this valance? Will I be updated?
This particular valance is shipped out within 2 to 3 weeks for most of our average-sized orders. We do get busy in spring and late fall, so make sure to account for that. We update all our customers via email and also provide a tracking number for each shipment.
Where’s my custom order produced?
Each of our orders is created in our Atlanta, GA workroom.
What if I don’t want to add any trim?
Trim is optional. You can jump over this step and go straight to selecting the width. If you’ve added it by mistake, you can always delete it in your shopping cart.
Do you recommend trim for this window treatment?
From our experience, we find that trim is best on simple valances. It simply stands out the most when the valance behind it isn’t trying to vie for attention as well. For the arched valance, adding trim is a great way to make it more detailed and heavier. Also note that adding a trim that’s in high contrast to the fabric (for example, adding bright red trim on a white fabric) will draw the eye to the arched bottom hem of this valance and amplify the valance as a focal point in your room.
Can I gather this valance?
This valance has a flat and clean pattern. It is not intended to be gathered.
Should I choose interlining?
For this style, most of our customers don’t choose interlining. However, if you choose a faux silk or real silk fabric, a fabric with a light-colored background, or if your room gets a lot of sunlight, then interlining is a smart choice.
Can I install this valance on a continental rod?
No – this valance does not have a return on either side. It’s intended for a rich drapery pole with finials.
Can I layer this valance over a Roman shade?
Absolutely. A window with both a valance and Roman shade can look very heavy if it isn’t balanced by heavy furniture or other elements of high scale in the room. Luckily, one solution is to choose a simple valance. The lightness and simplicity of this valance is a great complement to a Roman shade.
We recommend installing the valance as high as possible to add height and expose more of your Roman shade. Do not make the valance too wide when measuring – this is a common mistake we see when valances are paired with inside-mounted treatments like shades and blinds. You want to cover your window just enough. See below for instructions.
Can I send you my own fabric if I don’t see one that I like, or need to match the valance to the rest of my room?
Yes, we are currently taking COM (customer’s own materials) orders. You don’t need to wait around for us to give you a custom quote. If you wish to send in your own materials and pay for interlining and labor only, simply select “Customer’s Own Fabric” under fabrics and continue making your other custom selections. Once you complete the last step of the custom design above, you will immediately see the price displayed at the bottom. However, we ask that you please contact us first before actually sending in the fabric. We must pre-approve your selections first, so we may require a fabric swatch or online link to the fabric that you plan to use.
Suggested Measuring Instructions
Measure your window width at the widest part. If your window is framed in wooden or any other molding, make sure to include it in your measurement as well. Add 2 to 3 1/2 total inches to this measurement.
DESIGNER TIP: If you will install draperies underneath this valance, we recommend that you add 10 to 30 inches to your window measurement, if space permits, to make your window appear larger.
Special Instructions for Bay, Bow and Corner Windows
This valance is meant to be installed as an outside mount on bay, bow, or corner windows. Make sure that there is enough space between each window section. We recommend at least 5 inches of space between each window section for bay and bow windows and at least 7 inches of space between corner windows (if no draperies are installed underneath valance). You may need to join adjacent decorative poles with a hinged elbow or any other drapery corner connector to save space.
In case you’re wondering, here’s how that would look:
Drapery Rod Corner Connector, available at Ballard Designs.
Special Instructions for Arched and Palladium Windows
Follow standard measuring instructions above. Valance is installed at the base of the arch.
Special Instructions for Patio Doors
The arched valance is not intended for patio doors or French doors.
Special Instructions for Sliding Glass Doors
Because of its limitations in width, this style of window treatment is not intended for wide sliding glass doors.