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that have special meanings. My Sewing
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acces the definition and explanation of each
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Valances And Swags
To Enhance Curtains And Draperies.
The most common window
treatments used in homes may be curtains
and draperies but for better interior design,
curtains and draperies are also often enhanced
with valances and swags. Let us, therefore,
take a closer look at the various choices
available in valances and swags.
Valances are like very short
versions of curtains or draperies,
approximately one foot in length. They can be
used alone but are more often layered over the
top of the main curtains or draperies in Tampa
windows. There are curtain rods that already
have built in valance rods.
Austrian valances have rows
of vertical shirring with horizontal gathers
and soft scallops at the bottom edge. Soft and
sheer unlined fabrics are used to achieve a
beautiful drape. Fringe may be added as trim.
The effect is very elegant.
Balloon valances are called
so because they are designed with pleats that
are made to puff outwards in order to add style
to plain curtain rods.
Cloud valances are shirred
at the top but end in soft poufs or scallops at
the bottom. They can be mounted on flat curtain
rods, continental curtain rods or even with the
use of curtain hooks.
Pouf valances are like
balloon and cloud valances but with additional
curtain rods at the bottom. The fabric is
shirred on both rods. For double pouf valances
used on taller windows, three curtain rods are
Tapered valances are shorter
in the middle of the window and longer at both
sides. If the fabric used is not pretty on the
wrong side it will have to be lined since the
cascades will show both sides of the material.
An alternative to lining would be the addition
of ruffles to hide the wrong side of the
Festoons are made from
folded fabric hung gracefully over the
Swags are always lined and
are hung above curtains and draperies or are
layered over them, with soft folds draping
downwards to form a half circle. They can be
hung on a mounting board or pulled through
decorative sconces. Throw swags are draped over
decorative poles. A single swag or a series of
swags may be used on windows.
Jabots are pleated and
tapered cascades at both sides of a window,
framing a single swag or multiple swags.
Because of the cascade, jabots are always lined
either with the same fabric or contrasting
fabric. They may be of the same length as the
window frame, or may just reach up to a third
or two thirds of the window.
Flags are like jabots but
are used between multiple swags. Flags are
shorter than jabots, often merely five to seven
inches longer than swags.
You can easily change the
look of valances and swags depending on the
fabric and colors you use. Sometimes, total
coordination is achieved with monochromatic
colors. Others prefer total contrast.
Coordination or contrast may also be achieved
through fabric texture and weight.
Aside from enhancing
curtains and draperies with valances and swags,
bedding is also often coordinated with them by
interior designers in Tampa. Once again, you
may choose between matching colors or
contrasting colors. This completes the elegance
of the look in bedrooms.
You may also choose to use
other types of window treatment such as shades,
blinds or shutters. In fact, shades and blinds
are sometimes combined with curtain and