So, you’re trying to make your home trendy, hip, fashionable, current, modern, or whatever else you want to call it. And those lace curtains and bland swags just don’t belong anymore. Don’t worry, there are many valance styles that will fit in with your home. Let’s take a look at some trendy ideas that may inspire you.


trendy idea #1:

Go with vibrant colors and strong contrasts.

You’ll have to leave those beige solid valances and beige walls behind if you want a trendy home. Go with a bold fabric pattern with several colors that pop, then introduce a contrast fabric to the mix. Solid colors will give you the best contrast, but other small-scale fabrics will do just fine.

Colorful Cuff Top Valance

How about this aqua blue fabric and its crimson red contrast in the back?


The cuffs on the valance, up close.


trendy idea #2:

Get a valance that looks like a Roman shade.

Faux shade valances are becoming more and more popular, thanks to their modern look and affordability. So, go ahead and get that fake shade.


Faux Shade Valance Tri Color

Faux shade valance in yellow, light blue, and gray. You can find more faux shades here.


trendy idea #3:

And while you’re at it, make it an inside mount.

It seems that newly built homes nowadays have more and more beautiful trim work around their windows. It isn’t a surprise nowadays that so many windows nowadays are inside mounts. The faux shades from above are the perfect inside mount window treatment style, by the way.


An inside-mounted shirred London faux shade on a small kitchen window.


trendy idea #4:

Pick an ikat print fabric.

Ikat patterns have lines that aren’t as smooth as on most other fabrics. This was originally achieved by first dyeing the yarn before it was woven into the fabric. To make a long story short, this effect nowadays is deliberately created as the fabric is printed and it’s very popular in interior decorating. So, pick a valance made with an ikat print fabric and you’ll be quite trendy.


Shaped valance in a crimson red and light turquoise ikat fabric. See more valances like this.


An ikat print cotton, up close.


trendy idea #5:

Pick a fabric with a white base color.

I’ve been sewing valances for over a decade now. When I first started, it seemed that every client wanted a black, dark brown, or navy fabric with light accents of red, gold, and green. Nowadays, it’s the reverse. The trend now is to pick a white or off-white base for the fabric that has dark and bold accent colors on top of it.


This fabric has an off-white base, with a Jacobean floral print in light brown and faded teal.


trendy idea #6:

Don’t be afraid of mixing textures.

By mixing textures, you’ll add a subtle depth to your windows. Don’t be shy to mix a smooth faux silk with a rough, natural linen fabric.


Teal and stone coordinates. Check out more mood boards.


trendy idea #7:

Go with a tie-top valance.

Everyone expects your home to have a standard rod pocket valance. On the other hand, if you go with a pleated valance, it may be too formal unless you use a bold, modern fabric. The tie-top valance is a great solution to introduce something a bit unique to your window while exposing the beautiful drapery pole.


Tie-top valance with matching ties and banding.


trendy idea #8:

Go with a flat, board-mounted valance.

A way to make sure you’re getting a good quality window treatment that will last for years is to pick a board-mounted valance. To make it trendy and modern, pick a style that’s mostly flat and only has a few pleats on each corner for interest.


Board-mounted arched valance with corner pleats.


A simple board-mounted valance over a green Roman shade.


trendy idea #9:

Layer your window treatments unexpectedly.

Consider hanging a flat valance under a drapery. You’ll have to consult with your designer or workroom of choice to make sure you’re picking the right style of valance, however.


A flat rod pocket valance under a flat panel drapery.

Next, take a look at these additional 39 window valance ideas for even more inspiration.

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