More Valance Ideas

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Are you looking for more valance ideas?

You should look into the empire and kingston style valances.

These are those valances that have swags and horns railroaded one after the other. The horn, a cone shaped decoration, is attached directly to the swag at the corners and between each swag section.

There are various styles in this swag valance category. To an amateur eye there isn't a too big difference between these types of valances, but we will explain how each valance style is defined and some ideas how they are decorated.

Empire Swags


The Empire swag has pleats that stack on top of the swag. This makes the valance look like the horns are pulling up the swags. To complete the look, more attention is given to the top point of the horn to complement the empire construction.

Kingston Swags


The pleats on a Kingston swag are located along the sides of the swags and are hidden behind the horns. This gives it a look of a softly pleated austrian shade.

These two are the most popular of the swag horn valance ideas, but there are more styles in this family. For example the Napoleon valance, Victorian valance, Vienna valance, Estelle valance and I'm sure there are more.

There are a number of variations that could be made with these valances. Here are some more popular ideas:

  • The use of different fabrics for the swags and the horns. This accentuates the unique design of the valance.
  • Using fabric with a motif and centering it on the swag. The two horns on the side act like frames which makes this an ideal style for focusing on fabric design. Usually when this is done the folds on the swag are rather skimpy since a too full swag will mess up the focus of the motif. Another idea would be a flat swag for the motif.
  • The lower end of the swag can be shaped or scalloped. Also the horns can have varioius modifications like a fan or a button on top or a shapely edge on the bottom
  • The two edges are framed either with various types of jabots with various lengths from minimal to floor length.
  • Trimming can be used along the bottom edge of the swags and horns.
  • These railroaded swags and horns are ideal for very wide valances and are not limited to any amount of swags.

These valances can be used in either casual or formal settings. They are can be either board-mounted or hung onto poles or medallions by attaching it to the horns only.

Browse through our other valance ideas for a full picture of what valance designs are available.

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