Do You Really Need a Valance or Cornice Board?

By Select Blinds

Valance or no valance? That might be your question.

A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. Some valances and cornice boards are more casual-looking, and others are more formal, but either way, they are meant to match or complement your blinds or shades along with the décor of the room.

Valances come in minimalist looks, pleated/ruffled looks, and range anywhere else from classic wooden finished looks to sharp metallic looks. They swag, cascade, layer, and balloon, and there is any number of styles to choose from, to please any personal taste. Cornice boards tend to be thicker and weightier in appearance.

Valance close up
A valance and a cornice board are decorative encasings that can add a nice final accent or touch to your window coverings. They can add functionality and style to any window or room.

What is the Purpose of a Valance or Cornice Board?

Valances and cornice boards are usually made of fabric, wood, or metal, depending on the type of style of your window covering. They are meant to hiding the top hardware of your window coverings and give your windows a more tidy, interesting look.

Are Valances Out of Style?

There are many cheap-looking, droopy valances, to be sure, and no, these are not what we’re talking about. Valances and cornice boards are very commonly used, and very effectively, by professional interior designers, including in newer, modern homes. Adding a valance to adorn your window treatments is an incredibly easy way to stylishly customize and add personalized flair to your home.

Valances and cornice boards are always useful as a design element, whether you’re using them for roller shades, Zebra/dual shades, or to top off a classic looking Roman shade. They add functionality and stability to your window covering.

Valance in a living room.
Valances and cornice boards can add an added visual dimension, weight,
and even height to a room.

Other Advantages of Incorporating a Valance or Cornice Board into Your Design

There are many advantages from going with a valance or cornice board. Here are a few:

Cover up Hardware, Decorate Curtain Tops

One of a valance’s primary functions is to cover up hardware, curtain rods, and anything else at the top of a window you might want to adorn. A valance gives a continuous look and feel to any window covering.  They can even tie together different window coverings in the same room.

Soften up Your Window’s Appearance

Blinds, sliding panels, and other window treatments can give a hard-edged look to a room. Valances can broaden, adorn, enhance, and soften any window covering.

Versatility

Valances are fashionable enough to be used as stand-alone window treatments, and they also work well in tandem with window blinds, shades, or drapery for a creative layering effect.

New Looks and Seasonal Touches

For a room design update, refresh, or seasonal splash of color, you can always replace valances in a room for an entirely updated appearance, without having to spend a lot on brand new window treatments. 

Add Dimension to Your Windows

Valances give a natural broadening aspect to your window, offering the appearance of added weight and solidity. They also offer the illusion of increased height to a room.

Valance in a bedroom.
Valance always gives a more austere, weighty look to windows and rooms.

Select Blinds’ Staff Recommends:

Some products need to have a valance or cornice board (usually wood blinds or faux wood blinds), but for most, it’s merely an option. We work with customers and other users all the time that are trying to solve design puzzles of their own. What do we recommend as products we think work amazingly with a valance? See some suggestions below!

Remember, a valance or cornice board can be just the perfect design solution you’ve been working on! Enhance the functionality as well as style for your window coverings all at once!

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20 Interior Design Trends to Help You Kick Off 2020

1. Navy Blue is Your New Best Friend

Navy is the color of 2020.

Coral may have been the color of 2019, but 2020 is bringing everything back to basics with, you guessed it – navy. Brush up on your nautical knots, sailors. It’s gonna be a year to remember.

2. Home Automation

Nothing says 2020 quite like home automation. Watch your dogs while sitting at your desk, spy on neighbors through your doorbell and turn on/off lights with your phone or voice. Did we mention you can raise and lower your blinds too? It’s true!

3. Earth Tones & Muted Colors

Neutral colors may never go out of style, but they certainly do fluctuate in popularity. Good for us, 2020 is a year in which we can all enjoy the timeless simplicity and calming effects of muted earth tones.

4. Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Materials

Aside from simply switching to metal straws and LED lightbulbs, consumers in 2020 will likely be even more conscious of what they’re buying and what it’s made of – one reason rattan and wicker furniture is predicted to make a comeback this year.

5. Wallpaper

Put some color in your world with patterned wallpaper.

Wallpaper’s back, baby! Florals, geometric patterns, handpainted or mass-produced. Heck, you can even cover your ceiling to add a little personality to any room in your home! We especially love this easy, peel and stick floral wallpaper from Walls Need Love.

6. Bold Trims & Ceiling

Bored with your colored walls and white or stained-wood trim? Nothing says stylish and sophisticated like neutral walls with boldly-colored trim and ceilings.

7. Color-Pop Cabinets

Take your colorful trim and ceiling to the next level with color-pop cabinets. And don’t confine them just to the kitchen! Bathroom cabinets could almost always do with a makeover, so why not make it one you’ll never forget?

8. Mixed Metals

The days of matching your appliances with your kitchen hardware and vice versa are over – thankfully. So, break out the copper pots, brushed nickel handles and brass bar-cart, because it’s time to party like it’s 2020!

9. Curved Furniture

Yes, you heard us right. They’re back! Rounded chairs and curved couches (like this one from Crate&Barrel) are right on trend for 2020. The more smooth edges, the better…or is it an optical illusion and it’s really just one long smooth edge? Well, in either case, we hope you dig these shapely sofas as much as we do!

10. Velvet

Velvet is back and you are gonna love it.

Whether it’s on your wallpaper, the material of your new curvy couch or an adorable little jewelry box, velvet is here to stay. It may have had a comeback in 2019, but the real fun starts now. What will you velvetize this year?

11. Live Plants & Homegrown Herbs

Having plants in and around your home not only looks great, but can also improve your air quality. So head on down to your local nursery and pick up an olive tree (the hot-ticket plant this year) and maybe a few herbs to start a garden in your kitchen!

12. Unique Rugs

Unless you’ve got a puppy who can’t stop peeing on your carpet, we can almost guarantee you’ll have obtained some sort of unique rug by the end of 2020. And these ones from AllModern might be just what you’re looking for! Seriously, though – what better way to add a fun pop of color or pattern to an otherwise sad and empty section of the floor?

13. Pattern Mixing

Rules? What rules? Pshhh – there are no rules when it comes to pattern mixing. Whether you’ve got 40 patterns or two, you do you! The legging-centric pattern mixing of 2017/2018 ain’t got nothin’ on the beautifully layered patterns we’ll see in 2020.

14. Wire-Free Accent Lights

Ugly puck lights and space-eating floor lamps – BE GONE! 2020 is the year of gorgeous, easy to use (and install) wire-free lighting, like these amazing and versatile battery-operated sconces! Forget rewiring your house or filling your apartment with table lamps. Wire-free is worry-free!

15. Antiques & Vintage Accents

Mixing new with the old is a fun trend!

Antiques are meant to be treasured, so get to treasuring! Adding vintage accents or upcycling antiques is a great way to showcase family heirlooms and amazing yardsale finds alike.

16. Multifunctional Furniture

Old-fashioned, hotel pull-out couches might be out, but Murphey beds are so in, as are other types of modern multifunctional furniture. And if wall beds like these aren’t your thing, how about a couch that doubles as a bunk bed?

17. Bold Backsplashes

Boldly-patterned backsplashes are especially trendy this year. Sure, subway tiles are all well and good, but there’s just something special about adding a fun, patterned accent to your kitchen. And if it’s a half-slab backsplash, even better!

18. High-Contrast Décor

Always been fascinated by black and white interior design, but been a bit hesitant to take the leap? No more! Whether it’s black and white or some other high-contrast pairing, 2020 is the year to break away from the norm and enjoy opposing colors.

19. Handcrafted Goods

Mass-products furniture and décor may never be replaced, but handcrafted accents are definitely on the upswing for 2020. Break out the crocheted blankets and hand-carved wall ornaments and show off your treasures, whether you made them yourself or found them at a local arts festival.

20. Anything Goes!

Mix and match - just be true to you!

Honestly, people, there’s no better designer for your home than YOU. Be your own unicorn and dress up your house in whatever makes you happy. 2020 shows less focus on the trend and more on what makes you love your home, so deck those halls, and windows, however you want. But, please, no shrunken heads.