Swags Galore America’s online curtain superstore prides itself in finding low cost alternative solutions for their customer’s window treatments.
Some customers see the price tag of $9.99 for a valance & they think it is a bargain. That might or might not be true. You see it might take 3 of these valances to fill your average single window, in the sample above of the ascot valances; you would need 3 valances priced at $9.99 to fill the same space. The total cost of the valance would be $29.97, when the Bradford Valance above has a full 70” width and it will only take one.
Further investigation reveals that the Bradford Valance is manufactured with quality drapery fabric & has two complete layers, a wide pocket & a very nice sized header. In addition, both layers are corded adding to the custom appeal. Latter, the ascot valance is made from lightweight burnout polyester fabric, although a quality import is just doesn’t have the same custom appeal.
Psychologically customers see the $9.99 & they somehow think that selection is cheaper. In the sample above, you can see that is simply not true.
Try the Blackstone scalloped valance
(Topper), they are unique, they are made from the newest material called “interlaced” this means it is woven so the fabric exhibits blackout energy saving properties. The Blackstone valance is available in 7 great solid colors, Gold, Black, Chocolate, Taupe, Sage, Brick and Blue.
This unique valance has a lovely scalloped bottom that is accented with quality colored coordinating trim. They are 54” wide & 15” Long. They have a wide 3” pocket for that extra custom look. The Blackstone valance hangs great, very easy fabric to work with.
The Blackstone also has coordinating Panels in 63” length & 84” length & a matching tie-up curtain.
The best part is they are in stock & can ship today.
The latest craze in kitchen curtain
style is fruit themed curtains, the harvest fruit curtain
pictured above is a great example, natural base cloth accented with a multi colored fruit ruffle. Then the ruffle is accented with a fine lace trim. This separate program is perfect for any window. This is because each item is sold separately; it can be used with just a top treatment, with the swags & the valance, or the valance can be used alone. Of course it certainly can be installed with the swags, valances & tiers as displayed in the photo. The display window is 40” Wide & 40” Long, so you can get an idea on how it would look on your window. For wider windows, use as many valances required to fill the width between the swags.
Valerie Bradford Valance
Nottingham Layered Valance
Cassidy Scalloped Valance
OMG, our curtain manufacturers and suppliers are in love with this new color name, but what color is it? I am not certain, I supplied 3 curtain
photos above, and all named Spa? They are all look different. I supposed the best way to describe the color is a blue/green combo, but every example has a different shade.
In my experience, use the swatches for best accuracy, since they are scanned & a truer representation of the fabric color. The photo of the product, is effected by many factors, lighting used, camera used, photo editing and distance from the product. Every computer monitor, Ipad, phone, will all show the color differently as well.
Charleston Chirp Kristy Valance “Flat”
Charleston Chirp Kristy Valance “Gathered”
So you see a valance
& you love it. But you don’t know how many you need or how to intall it, we here is a few tips.
Décor is in the eye of the beholder, so use your personal taste, and achieve the look that appeals to you.
Some customers like to hang their valance stretch out, why? They like to see the pattern, they want to save money because they will need fewer valances, and they love the look of a flat valance. All this reasons are certainly valid.
Other customers like the full gathered look, they like it because it makes the window treatment come to life, with all the folds & texture.
Neither approach is wrong; it is really just a customer preference question.
Above is two photos of the Charleston Chirp Kristy Valance by Waverly, the 1st one shows the valance stretched out & flat & the second on shows the valance hung gathered, truly two totally different looks with the same valance.
Ask yourself, which one do you like? And you will have your answer.
Lacey Complete Curtains Set
Priscilla Lace Curtains
Lace curtains are popular with many home designers for several reasons. First they are simple to install. Second they are elegantly beautiful and offer a wonderful, yet simplistic look. There are a few things that are as traditional and simplistic as lace curtains gently blowing in the breeze.
Why Choose Lace Curtains?
There are several reasons why many homeowners choose to use lace curtains to cover their home’s windows. Lace curtains are generally considered to be appropriate for every room in the house. They can be used equally as well in the kitchen as in the living room. They are the ideal way to provide a little design and sun protection without needing to install heavy drapes or use a curtain design that has a lot of fabric attached to it. For example, nothing adds to the simple, open and clean design of a country kitchen like simple lace curtains. In a simple open kitchen design like this, heavy drapes or fabric covered curtains would take away from the simplistic look.
Another reason why so many people choose to use lace curtains in their home is because they can be used in combination with drapes, blinds and other types of curtains. They can be used over many types of blinds or shades to make these vinyl or plastic window coverings look more appealing. Or they can be added to regular curtains to provide a bit of flair and design. Also, lace curtains can be applied to windows in many different ways, including on both the inside and the outside of the window. They can come in a variety of colors, styles and lengths as well, so they can fit into any design scheme.
White Lace Curtains are a Simple Classic
For many people the classic white lace curtain window covering is a welcome concept that evokes feelings of relaxation and spring time. Most of us think of these curtains in a welcoming bed and breakfast or of a kitchen engulfed by the smell of fresh cookies. White lace curtains are a very simple way to create an enjoyable design experience. There are a few ways to go wrong when installing these types of curtains into your home. You can also go with light colored lace curtains too, if the colors fit well into your design concept.
Types of Lace Curtains
There are many different types of lace curtains you can choose from. The differences in these lace curtain types can include things like fabric design, color, shapes and their country of origin. Some types of lace curtains are designed to have different amounts of fullness, or the amount of the fabric that is actually fitted into the window’s frame. The fuller the curtain fabric is, the more coverage and privacy it will provide. Examples of just a few of the different types of lace curtains you can find on the market today include London Lace, Scottish lace, Voile panels, French lace curtains, Heritage lace curtains and lace curtains designed by the Amish community.
Plaid Valance, showing non pattern match example
Simply put, prepackaged inexpensive goods are not pattern matched. This so the manufacturer can make goods cheaper.
For instance, in the example in the photo, the Jayden, (by the way plaids are notorious for this), the fabric has a 3” pattern repeat. If each time the manufacturer, through away the 3” of fabric, they would have to use more fabric, which would increase their costs.
I am not saying I agree with their practice, but this is how the manufacturers get away with making an inexpensive product.
If you are concerned about the pattern match, stick to solids or high end brands like Waverly & Park Designs, the pattern match on their products are much more consistent.