Hanging a scarf valance is one way of stylishly covering a part of your window and of preventing too much sunlight from entering the room at the same time. Scarf valances can be purely ornamental most of the time, though. The top and side part of the window is what they usually cover and make more pleasing to the eyes. They can also be placed above existing window binders or heavy drapes to serve as an accent or final touch to the design. There are several well-known ways to hang a scarf valance, but you could still improvise and add some of your personal charm into the final output.
Basically, a scarf valance appears like a neck scarf. Your main goal is to make it look very simple and draping in a very flowing manner. A scarf valance is supposed to hang down smoothly and elegantly, emphasizing the existing drapes or the window itself.
- First step is the selection of the fabric to be used. Make sure that the color matches your taste, as well as your window. You could choose two fabrics of complimentary colors and texture. And of course, as mentioned earlier, it is important that the fabric you chose has good draping qualities so that you can achieve the look you want. For the length of the fabric to be used, measure the width of your window. Triple the length taken and add some more extra inches if you want the sag effect in the middle or if you want to fashion some twists using the varying colors.
- In hanging a scarf valance, you would need a lot of time. Unless you have done this many times already, it would usually take a lot of experimentation to achieve your desired style. Secure the ends of the fabrics so that they would not run or unravel, since the fabrics are soft, very light-textured, and almost weightless.
- The first few tries would require you to attach the fabrics to the drape poles. You can temporarily attach mushroom holdbacks, scarf hooks, or corbels (sconces) to help create the desired folds and scallops in the fabrics. You can screw them on permanently after you have decided on the right look that you want. These fixtures help the fabric to stay in place when the winds get strong. Or, you could just simply wrap the fabric around the pole as many times as you like and just let the remaining fabric hang loose on the sides. For a sagging effect at the middle, just pull a portion of the fabric down and let it hang.
- If you want intricate folds and patterns at the side, you could do this before putting the fabric on the pole. The most common are the triangular pleats on the side. After crafting the patterns on the sides of the fabric and stitching them in place, fold the fabric into three parts. Place the end of the first third of the fabric on one edge of the window and wrap it around the pole or secure it with any holdback or hook similar to the ones mentioned earlier.
- Another trick is to twist the fabrics together at the center part while still letting the sides hang loose. You could also make more waves for one color and fewer for another color, but attaching more or fewer holdbacks. This style will maximize the complimentary effect that the colors are supposed to produce.
A scarf valance is generally simple and easy to pull off. But, it still up to you if you want a sag on the middle, more scallops on the center, or folds on the side.