Cinnamon Swirl Kitchen Valance

Kitchen ValanceWhile 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.
The AnnaMarie  

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.

Trim and Ruffled Valance Details

Can anyone say OCD?

Moving on to our valance…

Loose Fold Stationary Valance (2)

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.

Trim and Ruffled Valance DetailsAfter discussing how we could keep the same general idea but add in more details we came up with this winning combination.

The body of the valance is in a cinnamon swirl fabric, paired with a multicolored ribbon fringe, a small ivory sheer ruffle and a larger brown linen ruffle.

Valance Details (3)

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.

Loose Fold Stationary Valance How To

Here you can see the process of “creating the droops”.


Valance Details (5)

Valance Details (2) Valance Details Valance Details (4)

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. 

Kitchen Valance (3)Loose Fold Stationary Valance

My bar stools became handy-dandy curtain props so I could take these pics.

Loose Fold Stationary Valance (3)

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.

Ruffle and Trim Valance Details Ribbon Fringe & Ruffle Details Kitchen Valance (2)

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.

Kitchen Valance

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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22 Responses to Cinnamon Swirl Kitchen Valance

  1. Terry says:

    I know it’s so hard to take pictures on windows. This valance is very pretty.

  2. This is so pretty, Sonya! I love the mix of fabrics and how the whole thing comes together.

  3. Sonia says:

    Gorgeous valance! I love the color and textures with the dark wood around her window.
    You always create such beautiful window coverings!
    Miss Bloomers

  4. Sherry K. Martin says:

    So pretty ! : ) The fabric choices are so beautiful !!! I love all the ruffles and loopy ribbon fringes you used . Yes ,.. the thickness can be such a sewing peeve , it is getting all the thickness under the pressure foot : ( and not breaking needles . Just don’t know how you do it? everything is lovely ; )))

  5. Rita says:

    Stunning! What a fabulous valance…so rich looking. Once again you have outdone yourself. Beautiful job!

  6. Cynthia says:

    So very pretty, & I really like Jennifer’s kitchen….anyway to see more more pics of her home?

  7. Deborah Wilkins says:

    Love the main fabric used in this window treatment! I have seen it in a pretty blue/cream color as well as celadon/cream but I especially like this color. Beautiful workmanship as well! Wow!

  8. Pat says:

    Beautiful, as usual! I love the cinnamon fabric and the others + fringe are a great combo. You must have a workhorse of a sewing machine ~ :) Thanks for sharing one more gorgeous window treatment!


    • Sonya says:

      Thank you, Pat! My machine is pretty good but I still break plenty of needles on a project like this one. It’s inevitable! And scares me every time! LOL!

  9. Stacy says:

    I LOVE that Cinnamon Swirl fabric!! Swoon.

  10. Love it…of course the Swirl material caught my eye. I just took a sample of it to a client last week…I love it and am trying to get her to use it in the house. These are pretty, pretty!!

  11. Lauren Vandervelde says:

    Absolutely Gorgeous!! I love all the fabrics you chose–so pretty! You always do such beautiful work!

  12. Cynthia says:

    Sonya this is beautiful and what a fantastic choice of fabric and details. You do truly amaze me, I know I say that all the time!


  13. Traci says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!!!

  14. wow..I love that fabric!!!…gorgeous valance Sonya!

  15. Janet Hensley says:

    I really like your custom ribbon fringe! This one is an interesting combination. I really want to try that sometime.

    • Sonya says:

      Thank you, Janet! But I can’t take credit for this one. I’ve often wished I could make one similar to this one but it was purchased locally at a home decor fabric store. I so appreciate you thinking I made it, though! :)

  16. You always work in the prettiest homes, plus you pick the very best fabrics! Btw, thanks for showing how they gathered in the back…not that I could even sew it! LOL

  17. Dayle says:

    A work of art. Beautiful.