If you ask me to name my favorite style of window treatment I will say long panels. But in the case of this playroom, a valance, hands down, was the best option.
The sliding glass door is 108″ wide and accesses a small balcony with a beautiful view of the neighborhood lake.
For light control and privacy the homeowners chose 2 industrial quality roller shades. The header for these shades is 5″ deep. A valance was the perfect solution to cover the shade header as well as hiding the shades entirely when rolled up and not in use.
To install the valance we used 4 L-brackets spaced evenly across the width of the door.
The finished width is 111″ wide with a 24″ finished length and a 5 5/8″ return at each end.
Each of the 5 scallops is 22″ long at it’s center and 20″ at the peak allowing the plaid ruffle to show 4″. Each return is also 20″ long before the ruffle.
The 6″ ruffle is attached to a “slip”. This allows the two elements of the valance to hang separately rather than attaching the ruffle to the scalloped valance.
The scalloped valance is self-lined. In this situation you want to use either the same fabric or a complementary fabric to line the scallops otherwise you run the risk of seeing the lining along the bottom seam of each scallop.
With the majority of my board mounted valances I only use one horizontal board. In this case, due to the 111″ width, we created a 3 sided board using 2 @ 20″ boards for each side return for additional support.
After installation the side boards had a tendency to lean inward and not hang straight. To correct this issue we placed a screw just inside each return to keep it straight.
In the photo above, you are also seeing a portion of the shade mechanism in the upper left corner.
While I may prefer long panels they would have been a tempting place for little ones to play behind as well as hindering access to the sliding door. This valance adds a huge punch of color & pattern to this space and does a great job of hiding the unsightly shade header.
Lynda used the same paisley floral to create 2 @ 4″ bench cushions to soften the built-in benches she uses for toy storage. The cushions are easily removed so the kids can access their toys under each seat.
An old game table (with an adjustable table height which makes it great for the kids) is tucked into one corner of the playroom. The chairs got a new look with a fresh coat of ivory paint and new plaid cushions.
The two pink swivel chairs, previously used in Lynda’s living room at her old house, now provide the kids with a comfy place to read or watch movies. They also helped influence the color scheme for the new playroom.
This style of valance can easily be adapted for smaller windows and is a great look for any room in the house.
If you have any questions about this colorful valance don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below.
floral – Ladbroke color Circa Punch
plaid – Strada color Red originally purchased at fabricresource.com.
I’m not positive but I believe this plaid is also called Crawford Coral by Pindler & Pindler.