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Window Treatments for Difficult Windows

How to Dress Arched and Palladium Windows, Bay and Bow Windows and French Doors The following are some great suggestions that can help you choose a great custom valance for that hard-to-dress window.

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Brown London Valance on an Arched Window in Half Circle Shape Three Pleated Valances on a Palladian Window Luxurious Blue Balloon Valances on a Bay Window French Door with a Scalloped Green Valance
Arched Windows Palladium (Palladian) Windows Bay (or Bow) Windows French Doors


Arched Windows
Single Arched Window Arched windows are quite simple to dress. The key is to understand that the arch above the window is a decorative element that can be used to allow light in. It does not necessarily need to be covered. Covering this section is completely optional.

The following table lists a few of our suggestions for arched windows. Make sure to not solely rely on this information - always read the Product-Specific F.A.Q.'s of each product and follow our measuring guides before making a purchase.

Product ImageProduct NameInstallationSpecial Tips & Instructions
Emily ValanceEmily Tab Top Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
Installed at the base of the window arch. If you choose an outside mount, a small allowance of only 2-3 inches is sufficient.
Purple Toile Balloon ValanceGathered Balloon Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts;
decorative pole or continental rod for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Black and White Toile ValanceSimple Parisian Valanceoutside-mountedDecorative pole or continental rod. Small (2-3 inches) allowance is best.
Installation below base of window arch.
Purple Toile Balloon ValanceMedallion Swag Valance with Bellson wooden frameDrapery medallions with proper extension. Small (2-3 inches) allowance is best. Note: This valance will show much of your window frame, which creates a very casual look. Don't use in formal rooms. Window must have a wooden frame.
Installation below base of window arch.
Roman Valance Burgundy and Gold StripesBoard-Mounted Roman Valance with Stacked Foldsinside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
For outside-mounts, a small allowance is needed (just enough to go over the window frame). For inside-mounts, make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the actual window depth.
Installation below base of window arch.
Lutece Pastoral Toile ValanceSingle Swoop Roman Balloon Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
For outside-mounts, we recommend a continental rod instead of a decorative pole. For frame-mounts, use a decorative pole or continental rod; for inside-mounts, use a tension rod.
Installation below base of window arch.
Bosporus Toile ValanceDouble Layered Scalloped Valanceoutside-mountedIf valance is used alone, a small allowance is best. For arched windows around a fireplace, try adding a single drapery over each valance and tying it to opposite sides to create a mirror image effect.
Installation below base of window arch.
Rooster Toile Balloon ValanceBox Pleated Balloon Valance with Deep Poufson wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
For outside- and frame-mounts, try a continental rod instead of a decorative pole for a sturdier look. Use a tension rod for inside-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Pink and Black Paisley ValanceStraight Pinch Pleat Valance on Ringson wooden frame
Use a decorative pole. Creates a very casual look.
Installation below base of window arch.
Ring Top ValanceGoblet Pleated Smith Valanceon wooden frame
Use a decorative pole. Much of your window frame and window will show - creates a casual look.
Installation below base of window arch.
Hobbled Mock Roman Shade ValanceHobbled Valanceoutside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
For inside-mounts, make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the actual window depth. For outside-mounts, a minimal allowance, just enough to cover the window frame, is best. Use draperies over this valance to add height to a room.
Installation below base of window arch.
Arched Swag ValanceRaised Arch Swag Valance with Jabotsoutside-mounted using drapery medallionsNeed drapery medallions with proper extension. Read Product-Specific F.A.Q.'s for detailed instructions.
Arched Rooster Valance with Tassel TrimArched Kick Pleat Valanceoutside-mountedDecorative pole or continental rod. Small (2-3 inches) allowance is best. Installation below base of window arch.
Yellow Rooster Toile Austrian Shade as a ValanceAustrian Shade as a Valanceinside-mountedUse tension rod. Installation below base of window arch.
Large Check Custom ValanceBox Pleated London Valance with Bandingon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Dakota ValanceDakota Teardrop Valanceinside-mountedMake sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the depth of the actual window. Pair up with draperies over it to add height to a room.
Installation below base of window arch.
Empire SwagEmpire Pole Swag Valance with Double Trumpetsoutside-mountedInstall about 1 to 2 inches above the base of window arch to make sure that window frame is covered.
Installation below base of window arch.
White London ValanceRing Style London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Waverly Paddock Shawl Porcelain ValanceRing Style London Valance with Detachable Bowon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Cherub Toile Custom ValanceShirred London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Pink and Green Custom ValanceTailed Balloon Valance in Scalloped Shapeon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
For outside- and frame-mounts, try a continental rod instead of a decorative pole for a sturdier look. Use a tension rod for inside-mounts. Installation below base of window arch.
Monkey Toile ValanceTie Top Valance with Bandingon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Use a decorative pole. Creates a very casual look.
Installation below base of window arch.
Little Girls Tie Up ValanceTie-Up London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
One Point ValanceVersatile Toss Over Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Whimsical Shape ValanceThree Scoop Valance
> Board
> Rod Pocket
board:
inside-mounted
rod pocket:
on wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
Board version: Make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the depth of the actual window.
Installation below base of window arch.
Carolina Window TreatmentVersatile Carolina Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for outside- and frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Julia Window ValancesJulia Valance
> 27" Wide
> 37" Wide
> 44" Wide
> 54" Wide
on wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for outside- and frame-mounts with no return (continental rod if you choose a return).
Installation below base of window arch.

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Palladium (Palladian) Windows
Palladium Window with Arched Window in Center
One of the biggest obstacles with wide windows such as a palladium window is the fact that it can be difficult to find a curtain rod that is both wide enough and strong enough. Usually, wide curtain rods need a support bracket in the center, which can create an issue if a rod pocket valance is desired.

For that reason, you will find that we recommend rod pocket valances as inside-mounts mostly and offer ring-mounted and board-mounted valances as a clever alternative for those who want to mount their valances outside of the window frame.

The following table lists a few of our suggestions for palladium windows. Make sure to not solely rely on this information - always read the Product-Specific F.A.Q.'s of each product and follow our measuring guides before making a purchase.

Product ImageProduct NameInstallationSpecial Tips & Instructions
Purple Toile Balloon ValanceGathered Balloon Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts;
decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Waverly Portsmouth ValanceMedallion Swag Valance with Bellson wooden frameDrapery medallions with proper extension. One valance spans across all three window sections. Window must have a wooden frame.
Installation below base of window arch.
Roman Valance Burgundy and Gold StripesBoard-Mounted Roman Valance with Stacked Foldsinside-mountedMake sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the actual window depth.
Installation below base of window arch.
Lutece Pastoral Toile ValanceSingle Swoop Roman Balloon Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
For frame-mounts, use a decorative pole or continental rod; for inside-mounts, use a tension rod.
Installation below base of window arch.
Waverly Country Life Toile ValanceArched Trumpet Rod Pocket Valanceoutside-mountedValance should be about 3 to 4 inches wider than entire palladium window. You will need a strong wooden pole, with two brackets, one on each side.
Installation below base of window arch.
Rooster Toile Balloon ValanceBox Pleated Balloon Valance with Deep Poufson wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Use a tension rod for inside-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Pink and Black Paisley ValanceStraight Pinch Pleat Valance on Ringson wooden frame
Use a decorative pole. One valance spans across all three window sections. Creates a very casual look.
Installation below base of window arch.
Ring Top ValanceGoblet Pleated Smith Valanceon wooden frame
Use a decorative pole. Much of your window frame and window will show - creates a casual look. One valance spans across all three window sections. We only recommend this valance if each window section is about 34 to 35 inches wide, for a total window width of approximately 102 to 105 inches.
Installation below base of window arch.
Hobbled Mock Roman Shade ValanceHobbled Valanceoutside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
For inside-mounts, make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the actual window depth. Use draperies over this valance to add height to a room.
Installation below base of window arch.
Yellow Rooster Toile Austrian Shade as a ValanceAustrian Shade as a Valanceinside-mounted
-or-
outside-mounted.
Use tension rod for inside-mounts. For outside mounts, you will need a strong wooden pole, with two brackets, one on each side.
Installation below base of window arch.
Large Check Custom ValanceBox Pleated London Valance with Bandingon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts. Continental rod is best for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Dakota ValanceDakota Teardrop Valanceinside-mountedMake sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the depth of the actual window. Pair up with draperies over it to add height to a room.
Installation below base of window arch.
Empire SwagEmpire Pole Swag Valance with Double Trumpetsoutside-mountedInstall about 1 to 2 inches above the base of window arch to make sure that window frame is covered. One valance can span across all three window sections. We only recommend this valance if each window section is about 39 to 43.5 inches wide, for a total window width of approximately 117 to 131 inches. Installation below base of window arch.
White London ValanceRing Style London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Waverly Paddock Shawl Porcelain ValanceRing Style London Valance with Detachable Bowon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Cherub Toile Custom ValanceShirred London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Pink and Green Custom ValanceTailed Balloon Valance in Scalloped Shapeon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
For frame-mounts, try a continental rod instead of a decorative pole for a sturdier look. Use a tension rod for inside-mounts. Installation below base of window arch.
Monkey Toile ValanceTie Top Valance with Bandingon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
Use a decorative pole. Creates a very casual look.
Installation below base of window arch.
Little Girls Tie Up ValanceTie-Up London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
One Point ValanceVersatile Toss Over Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Decorative pole for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Whimsical Shape ValanceThree Scoop Valance
> Board
> Rod Pocket
board:
inside-mounted
rod pocket:
on wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Board version: Make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the depth of the actual window.
Installation below base of window arch.
Carolina Window TreatmentVersatile Carolina Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for frame-mounts.
Installation below base of window arch.
Julia Window ValancesJulia Valance
> 27" Wide
> 37" Wide
> 44" Wide
> 54" Wide
on wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for frame-mounts with no return (continental rod if you choose a return).
Installation below base of window arch.

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Bay (or Bow) Windows
Bay Window with Baby Blue Balloon Valances
Bay and bow windows are not difficult to dress. The key is to look at each window individually and to consider other methods of installation besides rod pocket valances. Drapery medallions and curtain rings are a bay window's best friend.

Note that the following suggestions assume that there is no space between your individual window sections. If there is at least a 5-inch wall space between your windows, some of the valances on this list can also be outside-mounted.

The following table lists a few of our suggestions for bay windows and bow windows. Make sure to not solely rely on this information - always read the Product-Specific F.A.Q.'s of each product and follow our measuring guides before making a purchase.

Product ImageProduct NameInstallationSpecial Tips & Instructions
Emily ValanceEmily Tab Top Valanceon wooden frameUse a decorative pole.
Purple Toile Balloon ValanceGathered Balloon Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts;
decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Waverly Portsmouth ValanceMedallion Swag Valance with Bellson wooden frameDrapery medallions with proper extension. Each individual window section has its own valance. Window must have a wooden frame.
Roman Valance Burgundy and Gold StripesBoard-Mounted Roman Valance with Stacked Foldsinside-mountedMake sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the actual window depth.
Lutece Pastoral Toile ValanceSingle Swoop Roman Balloon Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
For frame-mounts, use a decorative pole or continental rod; for inside-mounts, use a tension rod.
Black and Gold Custom ValanceClassic Cuff Top Valanceoutside-mounted using drapery medallions
Make sure to select the "add ties" selection under options. One valance spans across entire window. Measure the width of the inner walls. If dividing that width by numbers between 8.00 and 8.75 gives you close to a whole number, this valance will work (click here for an example)
Rooster Toile Balloon ValanceBox Pleated Balloon Valance with Deep Poufson wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Use a tension rod for inside-mounts.
Pink and Black Paisley ValanceStraight Pinch Pleat Valance on Ringsoutside-mounted
Use decorative poles and connect with swivel joints. One valance spans across entire window.
Ring Top ValanceGoblet Pleated Smith Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
outside-mounted
If mounting on window frame, each individual window should have its own valance. If mounting outside and windows are too close together, one large valance can span across all windows. We only recommend mounting this valance outside if each window section is about 34 to 35 inches wide, for a total window width of approximately 102 to 105 inches for a bay window.
Hobbled Mock Roman Shade ValanceHobbled Valanceoutside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
For inside-mounts, make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the actual window depth. Use draperies over this valance to add height to a room. If mounting outside, allowance should be just enough to cover the window frame.
Installation below base of window arch.
Yellow Rooster Toile Austrian Shade as a ValanceAustrian Shade as a Valanceinside-mountedUse tension rod for inside-mounts.
Large Check Custom ValanceBox Pleated London Valance with Bandingon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts. Continental rod is best for frame-mounts.
Dakota ValanceDakota Teardrop Valanceinside-mountedMake sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the depth of the actual window. Pair up with draperies over it to add height to a room.
Empire SwagEmpire Pole Swag Valance with Double Trumpetsoutside-mountedOnly possible if there is at least 3 inches of wall space on each side of each individual window.
White London ValanceRing Style London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Waverly Paddock Shawl Porcelain ValanceRing Style London Valance with Detachable Bowon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Cherub Toile Custom ValanceShirred London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
Pink and Green Custom ValanceTailed Balloon Valance in Scalloped Shapeon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
For frame-mounts, try a continental rod instead of a decorative pole for a sturdier look. Use a tension rod for inside-mounts.
Monkey Toile ValanceTie Top Valance with Bandingoutside-mounted
-or-
inside-mounted
One valance can span across entire bay or bow window. Creates a very casual look.
Little Girls Tie Up ValanceTie-Up London Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole or continental rod for frame-mounts.
One Point ValanceVersatile Toss Over Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Decorative pole for frame-mounts.
Whimsical Shape ValanceThree Scoop Valance
> Board
> Rod Pocket
board:
inside-mounted
rod pocket:
on wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Board version: Make sure that the board depth doesn't exceed the depth of the actual window.
Carolina Window TreatmentVersatile Carolina Valanceon wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for frame-mounts.
Julia Window ValancesJulia Valance
> 27" Wide
> 37" Wide
> 44" Wide
> 54" Wide
on wooden frame
-or-
inside-mounted
Tension rod for inside-mounts; decorative pole for frame-mounts with no return (continental rod if you choose a return).

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French Doors
Green Stripe French Door Valance
Many of our valances also come in small sizes, meaning that now you can dress the window as well as the French door for that truly complete look in your room. Most of our French door valances are mounted inside the door, with a width just enough to cover the panes. If your window is made of wood, a regular curtain rod will work. If you have a steel door and can't drill into the door, opt for a magnetic curtain rod.

The following table lists a few of our suggestions for standard sized French doors. Make sure to not solely rely on this information - always read the Product-Specific F.A.Q.'s of each product and follow our measuring guides before making a purchase.

Product ImageProduct NameInstallationSpecial Tips & Instructions
Emily ValanceEmily Tab Top Valanceinside-mountedPole with wide diameter is best.
Waverly Portsmouth ValanceMedallion Swag Valance with Bellsinside-mountedDrapery medallions with proper extension. Only possible on wooden doors.
Roman Valance Burgundy and Gold StripesBoard-Mounted Roman Valance with Stacked Foldsinside-mountedOnly possible on wooden doors.
Lutece Pastoral Toile ValanceSingle Swoop Roman Balloon Valanceinside-mountedInstall onto curtain rod or continental rod.
Victory Swag ValanceVictory Swag Valanceinside-mountedInstall on decorative rod.
Black and Gold Custom ValanceClassic Cuff Top Valanceoutside-mounted using curtain pole or drapery medallions
Installing onto curtain pole works on any door; installing onto drapery medallions works on wooden doors only.
Country House Toile ValanceBoard-Mounted Bellamy Valanceinside-mountedWorks on wooden doors only.
Pink and Black Paisley ValanceStraight Pinch Pleat Valance on Ringsinside-mounted
Install on decorative rod with curtain rings. Not for doors that are opened/closed on a daily basis.
Yellow Rooster Toile Austrian Shade as a ValanceAustrian Shade as a Valanceinside-mountedInstall onto decorative curtain rod.
Dakota ValanceDakota Teardrop Valanceinside-mountedWorks on wooden doors only.
Empire SwagEmpire Pole Swag Valance with Double Trumpetsinside-mountedInstall decorative curtain rod.
White London ValanceRing Style London Valanceinside-mountedInstall onto curtain rod or continental rod.
Waverly Paddock Shawl Porcelain ValanceRing Style London Valance with Detachable Bowinside-mountedInstall onto curtain rod or continental rod.
Cherub Toile Custom ValanceShirred London Valanceinside-mountedInstall onto curtain rod or continental rod.
Moire Check ValanceStraight Kick Pleat Valanceinside-mountedWorks on wooden doors only.
One Point ValanceVersatile Toss Over Valanceinside-mountedUse a decorative curtain rod.
Carolina Window TreatmentVersatile Carolina Valanceinside-mounted
Install onto curtain rod or continental rod.
Julia Window ValancesJulia Valance
> 27" Wide
inside-mounted
Install onto curtain rod or continental rod.
Roman Valance Burgundy and Gold StripesBoard-Mounted Roman Valance with Stacked Foldsoutside-mounted
Works only if distance to ceiling is large enough so that bottom of valance stops at the top of the door frame for proper clearance.
Gathered Rod Pocket ValanceGathered Rod Pocket Valanceoutside-mounted
Works only if distance to ceiling is large enough so that bottom of valance stops at the top of the door frame for proper clearance.
Hobbled Mock Roman Shade ValanceHobbled Valanceoutside-mounted
Works only if distance to ceiling is large enough so that bottom of valance stops at the top of the door frame for proper clearance.

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