July 29, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on Looking for a window-style win? It’s all tied-up!
Valances are a mainstay of window décor and one of our favorites at Country Curtains is the tie-up valance, a one piece with two strap ties sewn into the heading. They’re versatile, they create a soft drape and they take on a custom look because they offer more coverage than the average valance.
Tie-up valances can be a little tricky to hang, so we’ve put together a simple how-to and some hints that will help you smooth, tie, and fluff your way to a perfect look. The style we’ve chosen to work with is our Paint Palette pattern in mist — an array of watercolor blossoms on pure linen.
• A steam iron
• Clothespins or clips, such as binder or chip clips
• A space large enough to lay out the valance – i.e. a table, counter, or floor space.
The first order of business is to prepare your new valance so it will look its best in the window. Iron it with plenty of steam. Then lay it out on a flat surface – it’s much easier to fold and tie the valance this way than on the window!
With clips at hand, fold the bottom of the valance up, toward the front as illustrated in the photo above (a good-sized fold is about an inch and a half to two inches). Then make another fold of the same size toward the back (under) and clip to hold. Do that as many times as you want, as if you were making a paper fan. The number of folds depends on how short you’d like the valance to be.
Next, it’s time to tie the straps at the base of your folds, just as you’d tie a shoelace. The bow doesn’t need to be perfect; tie-up valances have a relaxed look. Plus, your folds are secured by the clips, so give yourself permission to tie and untie.
Hint: Working with one bow at a time, open up the loops with your fingers, adjust the tails, and tighten the knot gradually as you go. Use the first tied bow as a guide for the second.
Now it’s on to placing the valance on a rod. Feed the rod you’ve chosen through the valance’s pocket while still flat on your surface, and if using a decorative rod, affix the finials.
Hint: Tie-up valances can use a continental rod or a decorative rod (for a pop of style), but keep in mind, each rod type may require a different valance width. Continental rods include ‘returns’ that wrap around the sides of the window frame, and can add several inches of overall width. When using a decorative rod, the tie-up valance should be the width of your window, from frame edge to frame edge. Read more about measuring here.
Finally – to the window we go! Once the rod and valance are mounted in window, the ties and length can be adjusted.
Hint: Keep the clips on until you’re done adjusting.
Here’s another example of this valance on the window in pretty fuchsia:
We love the completed look of a tie-up valance; it’s elegant and romantic with soft, easy feel. Have you used tie-up valances in your home? We’d love to see them! Please share your photos with us in the comments or on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram.