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Shop our large selection of home decor fabrics sold by the yard. All can be mixed and matched with our window treatments.
Choose your desired fabric.
27" horizontal, 13.5" vertical
floral, bird toile, blue, red, multi
Select the desired width, in 1/4" (0.25-inch) increments. This faux shade valance is available in widths between 18 and 52 inches only.
This valance has no vertical seams, regardless of width chosen.
PROS:► A great way to display beautiful craftsman molding around a window without covering it.► The most budget-friendly way to mimic the modern look of a custom Roman shade made with designer fabrics.► No screws and no drilling necessary.► Minimally visible curtain rod hardware and no visible side brackets or decorative finials.► Can be layered under heavy draperies or short valances.► Can provide some privacy without sacrificing natural sunlight.
CONS:► Does not draw the eye up, so it may not make a room appear larger or taller.► Requires at least 1-1/2" window depth to work.► Most fabrics look best with blackout lining if the valance is directly up against the glass panes of a sunny window.► Large fabric patterns may get cut off if the length is too short.
PROS:► Is usually long enough to be able to display large fabric patterns.► Can be hung near the ceiling to draw the eye up and make a room appear taller and larger, as well as maintain a beautiful view to the outside.► Can be paired with high-end decorative finials and modern endcaps.► Handles sunlight filtering through the lining better, so may not always need blackout lining.► More flexibility and room for error when measuring.
CONS:► Will cover some of the window molding.► May show some of the rod side brackets when viewed from the side if window doesn't have any molding, unless the side flap upgrade is added.
OPTION 1: YOUR WINDOW ISN'T TOUCHING THE CABINETS:
OPTION 2: YOUR WINDOW IS TOUCHING THE CABINETS:
No matter what kind of specialty window or group of windows you have, the same measuring instructions still apply.
As long as you’re following the measuring instructions and your window meets the requirements of each step, you can still install a faux shade valance on bay windows, bow windows, and even corner windows.
You’ll have to do an outside mount, choosing from the wide valances we offer up to 120″ wide.
Measure using the same outside mount instructions from above. Also, make sure the bottom of the valance covers the top frame of your sliding door while not obstructing household traffic.
This typically means that your curtain rod will be installed immediately under the ceiling line if your room only has 8′ tall ceilings.
Install the valance at the base of the arch. You can do outside, inside, or frame mounts, as long as your window meets the same requirements as outlined in this measuring guide.
For inside mounts, measure the glass panes, then add 1-1/2″ to 3″. For example, if the patio door glass measures 23″ wide, order a valance that is 24.5″ to 26″ wide. If your patio door is made of steel, you’ll need to purchase a good quality magnetic curtain rod.
For outside mounts, the same rules apply as with sliding glass doors. Your curtain rod needs to be installed high up near the ceiling line if you only have 8′ ceilings, and the bottom of the valance needs to fall at the door frame so that the door can freely swing open.
Select the length. Remember, this is a faux shade valance, so the length you select will be permanent (cannot be raised or lowered).
The number of folds depends on the length of the valance:
Fringe trims are not part of the length measurement. For more information about folds, read this blog post.
Valances in rooms with 8' ceilings need to hang as high as visually possible, while in rooms with higher ceilings, a faux shade valance can hang lower.
Avoid the beginner's mistake of hanging your custom valance too low. If your valance is 16" long or shorter, it's normal for it to cover more of your wall space above the window than the glass panes if you want to achieve a magazine-worthy look.
For outside mounts, valance should minimally be 15" long and can cover as much of the window as you'd like.
Other than that, there is no set rule how long this valance needs to be and this is at your personal discretion. Use the illustration to guide you.
Want to hang your faux shade valance lower? It's possible as well, although this is typically done only with window treatments that must cover at least a third of a short window.
Faux shade valance should ideally cover one-sixth to slightly past one-half of your entire window height. Be mindful that large fabric patterns may get cut off on short valances (16" in length or shorter).
We allow you to choose lengths up to 42" long for orders placed on indigoandluxe.com (or up to 21" - 27" for orders placed on Etsy).
You have the option of adding a side flap under the valance on each side. That way, the valance can wrap around the rod to cover the sides of the window instead of hanging it on a curtain rod with decorative finials or endcaps.
This option should be considered for outside-mounted faux shade valances only.
Side flaps allow you to hide your curtain rod hardware that's visible when the faux shade valance is viewed from the side. They also help block some of the light that's coming in on the sides.
The valance wraps around the sides to give you a designer look, making this rod-mounted valance appear as if it's board-mounted.
This upgrade is especially useful if your window does not have any molding.
You'll need to purchase a curtain rod that matches the projection you choose below. We recommend Kirsch or Rod Desyne brands.
Select your desired rod pocket size or add a VELCRO® strip if necessary.
If adding VELCRO®, you'll receive both a valance with a rod pocket and also a white VELCRO® tape sewn on the back. This option should be used if you plan on using a custom-cut wood cornice to staple this valance onto as a DIY project instead of hanging the valance on a curtain rod.
Make sure you have stapling tools before purchasing the VELCRO® option and don't forget to add the side flap option if your project requires the valance to also wrap around the sides of your cornice board.
Select the lining.
Would you like to add any trimmings as additional embellishments?
Select your desired trim.
Select the grosgrain ribbon you'd like added to the inset edge of the left, right, and bottom. Grosgrain trims are 7/8" wide on our faux shade valances.
We highly recommend getting samples of both your desired fabric and grosgrain ribbon first to ensure they go well together it's the right color match in your home.
Mudan by Waverly – a large floral vine and bird toile pattern. This design is available in an ivory or light brown base cloth.