The valance is a curtain that is used often to cover up rods or other hardware. There are various types of valances such as the waterfall valance, the ascot valance, or an Austrian valance. The type depends on the wanted appearance of the valance to be boxy or to drape across other hanging curtains. They are hung with an additional small rod to cover existing hanging curtains or hung with a bracket that is often attached to a more boxy style valance that surrounds an existing rod with drapes. Valances can also be hung alone above a window for decorative purposes.
Casual swags over the rods are a design which can be played with in a lot of ways. These curtains do not require flamboyance. All you have to do is to choose bright colours and a fancy rod because it is going to show off the simplicity and beauty of the curtains. Such curtains go with contemporary furniture and contemporary lifestyle easily.
Sheers and voiles are constructed from very light material that is usually permeable to natural light. Some homeowners choose to pair sheer and voile curtains with other types of window coverings, but these types of curtains can create an elegant feel in any room.
Curtains are also used for light control to prevent glare, for sleeping during the day, or watching TV etc. Opaque curtains are suited for light control. For partial light control sheer or net type curtains are better suited.
Swags are treatments that are scalloped in shape. Several swags might be used on a single window at the top of hanging Cascades or Jabots that are long drapes with angled hems that hang on each side of the window. The many different types of curtains and materials might appear confusing. However, once the types of curtains are viewed and understood, a decision will become clearer. The use of curtains in any room can add personality and class along with providing a purpose. The additional use of decorative hardware such as a decorative rod or rings can only add character.
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