Valances


Vintage furniture is popular for furnishing period-style homes.
Vintage furnishings with modern convenience fit today's homes
Nov 18 2011

Vintage-inspired kitchen appliances and the resurgence of clawfoot bathtubs are among the home items that consumers want to go with their period-style homes.

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Creating comfortable conversation areas in a living room warms up the space.
Adding several conversation niches softens the look of a formal space
Nov 15 2011

The living room is a space where visitors are likely to be entertained, and a room that many homeowners view as the showpiece of the home. But there's no reason that it can't be comfortable for everyday use as well as for special gatherings.

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Neutral colors can be a good complement to bright hues.
Neutrals can keep popular vibrant colors from overpowering a room
Nov 14 2011

Home decorators should be forewarned when choosing bold colors - a little goes a long way. They should look to neutrals - black, white, deep brown and beige - to keep vibrant hues from overpowering a room.

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Selecting a new wall color or furniture arrangement can brighten a dining room.
Dining room can be spruced up as time and money allows
Nov 1 2011

Too often, the dining room becomes an afterthought when it comes to decorating. Whether it is used every day or only for family occasions, homeowners generally concentrate on sprucing up other areas of the house before they turn to the dining room.

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Shade-loving plants placed in a permanent setting can thrive indoors.
Indoor greenery can be offset by the natural look of wood blinds
Oct 27 2011

Finding a permanent place for plants saves homeowners from moving their greenery around the house when the seasons change, and that's particularly good for shade-loving plants.

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A home's color scheme should coordinate well with a mix of vintage and modern furnishings.
Valances and cornices fit well with a mix of vintage and modern furnishings
Oct 25 2011

As homeowners try to integrate vintage items with contemporary furnishings, they need to consider the color schemes and textures that coordinate well with both the old and the new.

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Garden themes are popular in cottage decor.
Valances bring the gap between wood and soft furnishings in cottage decor
Sep 22 2011

"Bringing the outdoors in" is a common catch phrase in interior design these days, but it's always been the basis of cottage-style decorating.

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Continuing a neutral wall color onto the ceiling is one way to integrate it into a room's design scheme.
Homeowners shouldn't overlook their ceilings in a design scheme
Sep 13 2011

Home decorators often overlook a "fifth wall" in their rooms - the ceiling - but there's no reason it needs to be left out of the color scheme used for its companion walls.

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Adding a valance or a cornice can give a window a polished, elegant look.
Valances and cornices add an elegant finish to wide range of window ensembles
Sep 2 2011

When a homeowner puts together a window ensemble that includes shades or blinds carefully coordinated with a room's décor, they often need a finishing touch that will tie the whole package together.

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Homeowners can save on decorating costs by doing many things themselves.
Cutting cost doesn't mean cutting quality or selection to upgrade window treatments
Aug 4 2011

When interior designer Lauren Liess first saw a rundown suburban home for sale outside Washington D.C., she immediately thought of all the window treatments, paint jobs and new lighting that would quickly turn it into her dream home.

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An interesting texture can be the focal point and jumping off place for the design of a room.
TV's design couple have different tastes, but both show 'personality'
Jul 11 2011

New York-based interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz have different tastes - she likes Southern charm, he goes for downtown coolness - but their advice for would-be decorators is in agreement, according to the Washington Post.

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Make your small bathroom stand out
Make your small bathroom stand out
Jun 29 2011

A small bathroom can bring out it's own unique set of problems, from storage issues to dealing with a look that remains a bit outdated. Because of this, this necessary space can really cause stress for many.

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A valance installed over curtains or window shades adds architectural interest to a room.
Valances add architectural interest to an apartment's windows
Jun 29 2011

Apartment dwellers can create instant architectural interest in their homes by installing a valance that will complement a number of window coverings, from curtains to woven wood shades.

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Home decorators should use furnishings that have personal meaning to them.
Designer advises decorating with items that have personal meaning
Jun 15 2011

"Make it your own" could be interior designer Jonathan Adler's mantra.

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Homeowners should consider that a little goes a long way when using vibrant colors.
Vibrant colors like honeysuckle rose are a natural companion to a valance
Jun 10 2011

Home decorators who are stuck on the color wheel, trying to predict which hues will have the most staying power on their walls and furnishings, may get some help from the Pantone Color Institute.

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The soft colors of vintage pieces are often found in shabby chic decor.
Valances paired with soft curtains fit the shabby chic style
Jun 7 2011

Softened is one way to describe the shabby chic style of decorating – in colors, patterns and the overall look of a room outfitted with furnishings reminiscent of an earlier era.

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A few simple changes can get an extra bedroom ready for a guest.
A new window treatment helps give a quick makeover to a guest room
May 20 2011

Getting a guest room in shape quickly for a weekend visitor can be accomplished with a minimum of fuss and maximum style.

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A living room can have elegance as well as personality.
A living room style can be elegant, but remain comfortable
May 19 2011

Homeowners can create an elegant atmosphere for a formal living room without sacrificing the comfort they crave for everyday living.

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Round tables take the edge off the rectangular shape of most apartments.
Variety of window treatments with a valance create a focal point in an apartment
Apr 26 2011

Apartment dwellers often feel confined by the neutral colors on walls, floors and tiling in their rented homes, but it doesn't have to be that way, according to HGTV.com.

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Earthy colors were often used in American colonial-era homes.
Colonial era paint choices still work in modern-day home decorating
Apr 15 2011

Modern home decorators can take a cue from the American colonial era when distinct styles of design emerged and continue to this day.

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Motorized blinds or shades can manage light easily from a skylight.
Skylight window treatments can be controlled by remote or electric switch
Apr 6 2011

Consumers have a choice of window coverings that are well-suited to skylights, but for the ease of adjusting the amount of sun that enters a room, a motorized window shade or blind can manage both light and window drafts.

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Today's kitchens are often multi-function rooms.
Window treatments can offset cabinetry in kitchen decor
Apr 5 2011

Setting up different "zones" within a kitchen can provide defined spaces for cooking activities, conversation spots or a place for bill-paying and homework.

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Valances can tie in window treatments to cabinetry and other features within a kitchen.
Cabinetry and valances can have an integrated look in today's kitchen
Mar 28 2011

An industrial look in gourmet kitchens filled with stainless steel appliances can be offset by brighter hues in cooking accessories, chair cushions or brightly-painted chairs.

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Homeowners should paint no more than four colors throughout their residences.
The big picture helps homeowners coordinate wall colors throughout a home
Mar 23 2011

When homeowners decide their entire house interior needs a fresh coat of paint, design consultant Cindy Lee Bergersen has these words to guide them - think about the big picture.

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San Francisco designer Michelle Homme encourages her clients to include vintage furnishings in their decor.
Eclectic approach allows homeowners to use different textures in window treatments
Feb 21 2011

San Francisco designer Michelle Homme tries to introduce as many vintage pieces as possible to her clients, both as a decorator and in her furnishings shop called Homme.

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Vibrant colors will pop when used as accessory colors in a room.
Vibrant colors like honeysuckle rose are a natural companion to a valance
Jan 18 2011

From a kaleidoscopic flower pattern on a pillow by interior decorator Jonathan Adler to a festive dress that appeared in the spring collection of fashion designer Nanette Lapore, honeysuckle rose has made its entry this year as a color to be reckoned with.

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Symmetry and balance are important in the design of a living room.
A valance can bring an architectural detail to a formal living room
Jan 12 2011

Most people think of the living room as the most formal part of their homes, and with good reason. It's the area where visitors are likely to be entertained, and a space that many homeowners view as the showplace of the home.

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Comfort and function are important to making a home welcoming to visitors.
A valance is a versatile window feature that gives a home a welcoming look
Jan 7 2011

Interior designer Bunny Williams has simple advice for people who are looking for a new look in their home. "Edit, edit, edit," she said in an interview with The Boston Globe. "Reorganizing a room that you've lived in a long time can make it look fresh and new."

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Window treatments can turn windows into a focal point in a room with both high-end and inexpensive furnishings.
Mixing high-end and thrifty items is a resourceful way to decorate
Dec 13 2010

Interior decorators need more than a strong sense of style and a head full of creative ideas to be successful. They also need to be resourceful and know where they can scope out the best deals for their projects.

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An art work or wall hanging can replace a traditional headboard.r
A valance and sheers can add a romantic headboard to a bedroom
Dec 8 2010

In an eclectic decorating scheme for a bedroom, particularly one that's tight on space, a new approach can be taken to the traditional headboard.

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Creamy white walls are a good start in setting the stage for a shabby chic room.
Shabby chic style has an atmosphere of comfort and nostalgia
Dec 1 2010

Sinking into a soft, upholstered reading chair. Breathing in the aroma of scented candles. Reaching for a cup of tea from a side table that has a stack of books and an antique lamp.

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The geometric lines of Art Deco can be incorporated into the modern home.
Valances fit the streamlined look of Art Deco style
Nov 17 2010

For a homeowner who likes a streamlined, geometric look in their furnishings, the Art Deco style is a good choice for their home décor.

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High gloss finishes are among the top trends in kitchen design.
Valances tie in window treatments to other elements in kitchen design
Nov 8 2010

Kitchens have always been the heart of the home, bringing families together over meals and making visitors feel welcome.

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Designer Jonathan Adler believes home decor can be fun and chic.
Valances fit Jonathan Adler's happy, but chic design philosophy
Nov 2 2010

No one could accuse interior designer Jonathan Adler of taking himself - or his work as a potter and decorator - too seriously.

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A wood valance can tie in window treatments with nearby cabinetry.
Valances offset cabinetry and bolder colors in kitchen decor
Oct 21 2010

Kitchen colors are moving away from the hues of Tuscany and terracotta, with splashes of color to offset darker woods that have become popular in recent years.

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Hang a valance to complete fall decor
Hang a valance to complete fall decor
Oct 1 2010

As the calendar moves from September to October, many people may be putting the finishing touches on their fall décor.

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Shake things up with a valance in the kitchen
Shake things up with a valance in the kitchen
Sep 15 2010

Although the kitchen is often a centerpiece of a home, striking the right balance between elegance and comfort can be a difficult task. The Seattle Times reports that, while some people may not think it, black can be used very effectively to add a sophisticated, yet welcoming atmosphere to a kitchen.

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Include a valance with beautiful bay windows
Include a valance with beautiful bay windows
Sep 2 2010

A beautiful five bedroom home in suburban Maryland features a number of attractive furnishings that make it exceptionally appealing to prospective hombuyers. The Gazette reports that this 10-year-old colonial boasts an impressive interior and an ideal location.

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New Jersey designer makes renovation easier
New Jersey designer makes renovation easier
Aug 20 2010

While sometimes homebuyers find the perfect home in terms of location and size, the house may also be in need of significant renovation to make it as appealing as they originally dreamed it to be. According to The Ridgewood News, industry expert Victoria Stepanov recently opened a business to aid new homeowners in this arduous quest.


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Add valance to bathroom, increase resale value
Add valance to bathroom, increase resale value
Aug 3 2010

Decorating a bathroom can be a tricky endeavor. There are a number of ways a homeowner can go, from sleek modern design to a more classic look. According to HGTV.com, the windows can play a big role in tying the look together.

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Add an elegant feel to the kitchen with valances
Add an elegant feel to the kitchen with valances
Jul 21 2010

When Pat O'Brien and her husband, Jerry, moved into their Cockeysville, Maryland home, they knew they had to do something to make it their own. The Baltimore Sun reports that Pat, an artist, adorned the walls of every room with a unique mural.

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Consider layering roller shades, valance
Consider layering roller shades, valance
Jun 16 2010

Although the common assumption might be that homeowners have to choose only one window treatment, interior designers claim that's not necessarily the case. According to Better Homes and Gardens, layering different window treatments allows for more freedom when decorating and can also manipulate the size of the window to make it appear larger.

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Combining Roman shades, valance can obscure ugly view
Combining Roman shades, valance can obscure ugly view
Jun 15 2010

Regardless of how nicely decorated the interior of a home is, the view of the outdoors is often out of the hands of the homeowner. Whether it be a neighbors unkempt yard or a less than ideal landscape, there are ways to mask what's outside by making use of creative window treatments inside.

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Adhere to condo regulations with faux wood blinds
Adhere to condo regulations with faux wood blinds
Jun 1 2010

Living in a condominium boasts a multitude of benefits, but can also infringe upon one's decorating possibilities. According to the Chicago Tribune, a condo's board of directors can control the exterior appearance of the building, which includes window treatments, as they are visible to the outside.

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Blinds chalet offers deal on wooden blinds
Blinds chalet offers deal on wooden blinds
May 21 2010

Many homeowners enjoy redecorating rooms - from wall color to window treatments, it's a great way to give an old room new life. But few like the extra costs that may come along with sprucing up a space. To help individuals save money, Blinds Chalet is offering a free cornice valance on most selections of their real wooden window blinds.

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