Valance styles include rod-mounted valances, board-mounted valances and natural woven valances. Waterfall valances and swag valances are two other styles of valance that offer specific advantages depending on the type of room they decorate.
Rod-mounted valances exhibit a classic look and offer homeowners the advantage of low installation cost. Board-mounted valances typically require more complex installation but offer a look that is both tailored and classic. Natural woven valances offer a clean appearance and give homeowners the ability to line the materials in a way that blocks ambient light, creating a sense of intimacy and privacy. Homeowners can mount woven valances on both the interior and exterior frame of a window.
Interior decorators typically choose valance styles depending on the texture and fabric of the existing drapes, finding valance patterns that match the atmosphere of a room while allowing or blocking sunlight in a certain way. For instance, since floor-length curtains are not practical for high-traffic rooms, such as kitchens and bathrooms, carefully designed valances offer a similar sense of elegance without sacrificing the functionality of the room's fixtures. Interior decorators also use valances to compensate for perceived room design weaknesses, such as low windows, small windows, unsightly curtain railing systems and disjointed aesthetic spaces.