What are valances? When people think about window treatments, blinds and shades are most commonly thought of. Have you ever thought about valances? They are commonly overlooked, which makes them a great selection to wow your guests. If you want to jazz up your wood blinds, or refine your elegant draperies, valances will not disappoint.
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So, what are valances? Valances are fabrics that hang loose from rods above the window. Do not confuse them with cornices, though. The two are commonly interchanged, but mean different things. Cornices are mounted on top of windows made of either wood boards or metal that can be upholstered with fabric.