Although using a linear valance is not essential, there are certainly a number of different times when it will give you a much nicer finish for a relatively low cost. Often when using a textured or patterned roller blind fabric in a face fit situation where you may be able to see the back of the fabric on the roller, installing a linear valance will hide what could otherwise spoil the overall look of the blind. Another common use for linear valances is when you have installed panel glides on a large window requiring a very wide track. The track is usually not something you want to be a feature, so covering it with a linear valance will give a much tidier finish. An insert of the same fabric used on the blind can be put in the front of the linear valance so everything ties in together.
Box pelmets can be used in pretty much all the same situations as linear valances, however, this is where functionality starts to be introduced. Where linear valances are just the face part of the pelmet that you can see, box pelmets usually have a top. Although this can’t be seen, it has two quite important functions. Firstly, it will stop dust from landing on the top of your blinds. In the case of roller blinds this can over time leave a dirty stripe across your blind when it is pulled down, particularly if dusting is not something that has been done regularly. Secondly, this will help with insulating your room cutting down on the amount of hot or cold air escaping from between your blinds and the hot or cold glass of your windows depending on what time of year it is.
These are the ultimate in decorative opulence. If you want your window furnishings to be the main feature of any room, swags and tales were certainly go a long way towards doing that. At first glance these may seem like a more traditional style from days gone by. However, with the use of different textures and weights of fabric Including everything from lighter sheer fabrics through to heavier velours combined with different trims, swags and tails can give you a uniquely indulgent look that fits in with today’s window fashions.