Wondering about the many different types of curtains out there, and which type might be best for your windows? Here is a brief guide to different types of curtains and curtain terminology.
A valance is a type of window curtain that covers the uppermost part of a window, and it may or may not be paired with other curtains and blinds. Many people use valances to add an extra formal touch to their windows and to conceal curtain hanging hardware. Valances themselves come in a variety of styles, including balloon, ascot, Italian, cascade, rosette, and cornice.
A scarf is similar to a valance in that it is hung along the uppermost part of a window. It is designed to drape along the top of a window and then hang down the sides. Often scarves are used with panels and tied back for a more sophisticated look.