A few months ago, a friend of mine had a milestone birthday. Instead of getting her a "normal" gift, I gave her a coupon for my labor to make her kitchen valances. She had talked to me about making valances for her kitchen similar to the ones I made for my own kitchen. And by similar, I mean really similar. She basically wanted me to recreate the same valance using the same fabric in a different colorway. I was up to the task.
Before, the windows above the corner sink lacked any focal point and had a lot of empty wall space above the windows.
Now, the valances help the windows appear larger and more to scale with the tall cabinets that surround them. The fabric really warms up the space.
What a difference! By hanging the valances high, it doesn't take away from any of the natural light that comes in the windows, but it gives the illusion that the windows are tall.
This faux stationary roman shade design gives the look of a roman shade without the fussiness of cords and rings. We kept the width tight and close to the window framing to give it a more authentic shade look. I also added dowel rods inside each pleat so that they hang nice and straight. They are purely for looks, but they're a classic style.
After completing the valances, I took some more close-up pics for my Etsy store. I am now offering this as a customizable valance. You choose the fabric, I make the valance.
Easier Than I Thought!