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Curtains vs. Valance: Choosing the Perfect Window Treatment

05 Feb 2024 0 Comments
Curtains vs. Valance

Hi there! I'm James, the storeowner of - your interior design expert with over 10+ years in home decor. I want to talk about two popular window treatments: curtains and valances.

A lot of my customers get confused between curtains and valances. I get questions like:

  • What's the difference between them?

  • When should I use curtains or valances?

  • Can I use both together?

No worries! I'm here to explain everything in simple terms so you can decorate your windows

In this article, you'll learn:

  • The purpose of curtains and valances

  • The differences between them

  • Clever ways to use them together

With this handy guide, your windows will go from drab to fab in no time! Let's get started decorating...

Functionality Comparison Between Valance and Curtains

Curtains vs. Valance Function Compare

Let’s analyze how they stack up against each other in terms of light control, privacy, and insulation:

Light Control

Curtains can give you the exact light control you need. You can get sheer curtains to filter some light or blackout curtains to block light completely. The fabric you choose makes all the difference!

A valance is made from fabric and is hung across the top of a window.  So valances or swags only affect the top part of your window since they hang above it. On their own, they offer very little light control.


Draw the curtains shut and you've got full privacy! No one can see what's going on inside.

Valances don't do much for privacy unless you pair them with curtains or blinds. On their own, they leave most of the window uncovered.


Thick curtain fabrics provide insulation against cold or heat. This helps cut energy costs!

Valances are quite small so they can't insulate. You'd need to pair them with insulating curtains to help keep warmth in during winter.

Aesthetics Comparison Between Valance And Drapery Window Treatment

valance for kitchen

Curtains and valances can both be used to make your windows beautiful. But they achieve different decorative looks:


Curtains come in so many gorgeous styles - from flowing drapes to tailored panels to delicate sheers. Match the curtain style to your room's aesthetic, whether modern, traditional, or cozy cottage!

A window valance can be used in any room, at any time. Play with different valance styles too like relaxed flat valances or ornamental swag to customize the window frame. Valances mainly impact the top of the window.

Color and Pattern

Make a bold color statement with vivid curtain fabric or choose fun, lively patterns - the options are endless!

Curtains cover the most window space so their color/pattern really transforms a room.

Valances add a pop of color or show off a pretty pattern in a smaller way since they only frame the top of the window.

so if you want to add some extra flair, color, and texture is with a valance, swag, or cornice overlying the more utilitarian drapes or roman shades

Additional Considerations When Choosing Drapes of Valances

Curtains or valance consideration

Before choosing curtains or valances, keep these top tips in mind:

Window Size & Shape

Long, dramatic curtains suit tall windows

Valances shine on small windows by framing them without overwhelming them.

Get creative with tailored curtains and valances for accent windows or odd shapes like circles or arches!

At Dolcewe, all drapes are made to measure. You can custom the curtain width, length and fullness to fit your unique windows.


Basic curtains start cheap but high-end fabrics and full customization can get pricey.

Most valances are affordable as they use less fabric. Going custom can increase costs though

At Dolcewe, our curtains are starting at $26.99. Free shipping for orders $199.

Plus, you will get a 10% off coupon upon registration. Sounds great, right?


Washable cotton, polyester, or blended curtains are easiest to care for.

Look for durable, colorfast fabrics if choosing patterned valances - they show stains!

    I'm happy to guide you through all these decisions for your unique windows. Contact me anytime for custom curtain ideas tailored to your needs and budget!

    Shop Affordable Curtains Online at Dolcewe

    I hope this guide gave you a helpful overview on effectively using curtains, valances, or both together!

    If you're ready to decorate, shop our affordable custom curtains at We offer:

    • Tons of curtain styles from traditional to modern

    • Fabrics like blackout and thermal insulation

    • Colors and patterns galore

    • Different header options like Grommet, ring top

    • Custom sizes

    • Prices as low as $26.99

    • Free shipping on $199+ orders

    With over 200 designs, we're sure to have the perfect curtains to create your dream windows.

    Visit today to shop premium curtains 50-70% cheaper than big box stores! 

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