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How Swag Valances and Blinds Enhance the Look of Your Windows



When it comes to interior design, there’s no detail that has quite the impact that window treatments do.  Upon entering a room, window treatments immediately catch the eye, setting the tone and style of a home. Old World or Modern, Traditional or Rustic, you’ll know instantly the mood just by examining what type of window treatments have been chosen. But they serve another important purpose too: they provide privacy, control the amount of light that enters a room, play an important role in controlling room temperature and protect artwork and furniture from the sun.

Two interesting options for dressing up your windows include valances and window blinds — both of which serve slightly different functions but which can complement each other, even on the same window.

Swag Valances

Swag valances are a swath of material artfully draped over the upper side of a window. The great thing about swags is that they instantly emphasize and highlight a window, while at the same time adding elegance and class. You’ll most often see them used in traditional and formal styles of decorating, and especially in formal rooms like living and dining rooms, although you’ll often see them in bedrooms too. Swag valances come in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, ensuring that you can easily find just the right set to match furnishings and the other colors in your room.

You’ll notice that some swag valances only dress the upper half of the window, while other swags gently waft down to cover the sides of a window opening. If you’re looking beyond decorative appeal to cover a window for privacy, swags should be used in conjunction with blinds, shades or more substantial curtains. Be sure to choose a fabric that will not fade due to sun exposure, as there’s nothing that detracts from a room like sad, faded curtains!


People often confuse blinds and shades. But, in fact, they’re quite different. Blinds are amomg the most widely used window treatments for homes and offices because they are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at most big-box store. Shades, on the other hand, are sometimes custom-made and are available in a range of materials, from soft fabrics to grasses and even wood.

Blinds and shades can be installed either horizontally or vertically. Both ways offer privacy as well as the ability to filter light. What’s more, you can also install motorized shades controlled with a remote that are especially ideal for oversized windows that are difficult to reach.

As you can see, there are loads of options and tons of factors to consider before choosing a window treatment. Because so many factors come into play, it’s a good idea to speak with a design professional who can help fill you in on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of material.  If you choose the appropriate window treatment you’ll find it will add undeniable appeal and functionality to your home.


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