While writing this post, I found myself insanely focused on what to call this valance.
It’s not a balloon valance, though it sort of resembles one.
It’s not a roman shade, though it appears it could be functional.
A Loose Fold Stationary Roman Shade
On the other hand…
It’s droopy and rufflely.
Has ooodles of ribbon fringe and charm so it needs a pretty name.
Or maybe The Sophie. Emmaline? How about Katherine?
I know…The Anna Katherine! I have a cousin named Anna Katherine. Always thought that was a pretty name.
Can anyone say OCD?
Moving on to our valance…
Jennifer had recently bought a new house and while she really liked the style of the existing kitchen valance but she wanted a different color scheme.
After discussing how we could keep the same general idea but add in more details we came up with this winning combination.
The valance hangs in Jennifer’s kitchen and can be seen from her back patio so we chose to line it with a soft champagne colored lining.
The valance is mounted using a rod pocket.
Here you can see the process of “creating the droops”.
A Few Measurement Details
3 Kitchen windows = 3 droops per window = 9 droops total
9 droops = 10 rows of rings x 4 rings per row = 40 rings
Rings are placed approximately 6″ apart
Valance is 1.5 times the width of the window.
Valance is 40″ before droops 24″ after (approximately)
Large ruffle is 4.5″/Small ruffle is 2.5″/Fringe is 2″
Word to the wise…between the trim, the cinnamon fabric, the lining and two ruffles this gets quite thick. Be sure to keep this in mind when choosing your fabric.
My bar stools became handy-dandy curtain props so I could take these pics.
After all the rings are tied it takes a bit of adjusting to get gathers and spacing to fit the windows correctly and to get the folds situated.
Jennifer’s kitchen window is trimmed out in a gorgeous dark wood so the best option was to keep the valance mounted inside the window.
We used the same hardware as the previous curtain – three curtain brackets mounted from the ceiling of the window. The 1.5″ ruffled header conceals most of the hardware.
If possible, I would suggest using inside mount brackets on each end in addition to the support brackets for an even more secure hold.
If you like whimsy…you’re welcome to call Jennifer’s lovely valance by any of the aforementioned fanciful names. (Or maybe The Jennifer)
If you’re more analytical…just stick with The Loose Fold Stationary Roman Shade.
I love how the layers of ruffles and droops turned out on the valance.
While this style works great with Jennifer’s large kitchen window it could also be used for smaller windows, possible a bathroom or laundry room. It would also look adorable paired with a cafe curtain.
It’s a thought!
Ribbon fringe and cinnamon fabric - Fabrics Unlimited in OKC.
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