I'm redoing my kitchen. Are valances out of style?

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I was just wondering if valances are out dated for kitchens. I have traditional/country taste and I'm having a hard time finding something for my bay window in my kitchen.
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  • AmyLee AmyLee on Jan 05, 2016
    Certain valances are in and others are out. May be helpful if you post several pictures of the window/room.
  • Mickey Mickey on Jan 05, 2016
    My opinion is... You can bring anything back. If you like it, & can make it look fresh & new, it's IN style. But then again, I wish bell bottoms never went out. :/ ?
  • Theresaloren Theresaloren on Jan 05, 2016
    My opinion is if you like something --do it.I don't care what's in style. I like what I like. It does not matter to me if someone else thinks it's dated. My house, not yours!
  • LCBinFLA LCBinFLA on Jan 05, 2016
    I believe the style that works has a flat, facing panel with one fabric, and a pleat, separating the panels of a different fabric.
  • Peggy Peggy on Jan 05, 2016
    Try Country Curtains --- they have some nice valances. countrycurtains.com
  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 05, 2016
    I have always had valances on our kitchen windows. They 'dress' a window without cutting the natural light. Just made two new ones for our kitchen double window and added trims to accent our farmhouse style. Valances are easily made if you sew at all and you can then select the colors and patterns YOU want in your home. Depending on the size of the window a pair of valances for a single yard of fabric. I don't rely on what is trendy, I go for what I like in my home - it makes your house, YOUR home.
  • Kate Slimon Kate Slimon on Jan 05, 2016
    I love Valances but I was recently told by a clerk at Sears; that they don't carry them anymore Because they are " OUT OF STYLE!" I wanted to say " Not for me they aren't!" It's the same with table runners. I can't find them either. 😩
    • Country Design Home Country Design Home on Jan 05, 2016
      @Kate Slimon HomeGoods always has a great selection of table runners. I love them because they dress up a table without covering the entire top. And you can change them for seasonal decor. Not so much window valances...
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jan 05, 2016
    I don't think its a matter of the valances being out of style. I think it is more that they are harder to find as many homeowners have with to roman shades etc.If that is your style then use them.
  • Bes3720243 Bes3720243 on Jan 05, 2016
    Thanks Amy, I'll try to post pictures of my window.
    • Mickey Mickey on Jan 06, 2016
      @Bessoj You have beautiful windows. Why cover them ? That's why valances would work! They would just enhance, yet not take over the show!
  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 05, 2016
    actually, table runners make decent valances. there are curtain rings that have clips on them...just clip the fabric/ valance to the rings, slide onto a more decorative rod. i personally like just the bottom of my kitchen window covered, the top panes left bare with just a smaller valance. i can see what's happening in the yard ...
  • Cindy Cindy on Jan 05, 2016
    I have always lived by this rule " who cares if it's in style or not" you are the one who is living in the home! So live free of fads and be happy....the only reason styles change is so money can be spent....I never worry about what others think of my decor, and I am always complimented on my home. I in fact tend to go opposite the trends , right now blue and brown are finally starting to fade out and grey seems to be popular..... All so boring to me....anyway put up your valances and be happy!
  • Kate Slimon Kate Slimon on Jan 05, 2016
    Hi Sue I live in Maintoba Canada and I wish we had a HOMEGOODS store here; but no such luck. Thanks anyway! Kate
  • Doshie Witcher Doshie Witcher on Jan 05, 2016
    I don't think that valances will ever go out of style, their styles will just change with the times. I actually make valances and window treatments for a living and business has never been better! I specialize in Hidden Rod Pocket valances that install using continental curtain rods but look like they are mounted on boards instead. Here are a few examples:
  • CK CK on Jan 05, 2016
    Personally I'm not a fan of valances but if a customer wants them, I'll do them. :-) Doshi Witcher has shown some very beautiful valances. I suppose the thing I dislike about many valances is that they're often too narrow. Doshi's valances are beautifully scaled to fit each window she's done. Well done! I do like these :-D In your dining area I would mount them up to the ceiling so as not to cover any of the window (and sunshine). For your kitchen window, you already have a built in wooden valance so I'd not add any fabric valance to it.
  • Jeani Miller Miner Jeani Miller Miner on Jan 05, 2016
    My objection to valances is that they obscure light and bring the eye down so a beautiful tall window is suddenly cut off short. Also, in the kitchen over the sink all the steam and air born grease particles really make for a dirt trap. If you're style is country and tradition, how about shutters
  • Lora Lora on Jan 05, 2016
    I like to use JUST a valance sometimes to add a bit of color and style while also letting in light. Decorate to your taste and likes you are the one that sees it the most
  • Bes3720243 Bes3720243 on Jan 05, 2016
    Thank you so much for all the feed back! I think now I have the confidence to go with what I like! I just ordered valances and will post a picture when they are done!
  • Shivonda mack Shivonda mack on Jan 05, 2016
    It's YOUR kitchen. If you like valances then use them , after all you are the one that's going to be looking at them everyday. I personally don't think that valances ever go out of style you can always add a little something new and change it up and still make it look up to date. Go with what you like.
  • Renae Renae on Jan 11, 2016
    use what you like, not what anyone else likes. You live there, they don't. I've never worried about what's in style, and my home makes me happy.