Quick & Easy Valances {15 Minute Decor, Day 4}

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Hey hey, it’s Friday, and I have a speedy DIY window treatment idea that you can custom fit to your own style easily and affordably.  This simple valance was born during  our HGTV’s Rip & Renew episode.  You see, our sunroom has three walls worth of huge windows, so I HAD to find a way to cheaply cover them when we first moved in.  I hung plain jane white roman shades from IKEA, and it was a clean look with little pizazz.   When HGTV redesigned the room, they came up with a genius idea to add a custom look to those boring roman shades:

DIY Valances

Fabric panels, attached with velcro!

Attach DIY valances with velcro

Velcro holds the fabric panels up

If beach fabric isn’t your thing, no worries, pick out something you love.  How do you know what you love?  Check your personal style board of course!  Stripes, trellis, greek key… all would look amazing in this capacity.

Add custom looks with a DIY valance

Before I go further, I should tell you that the roman shades are old now and I’m planning to replace them this year.  I believe this version actually got recalled from IKEA because they have exposed strings in the back which is a safety risk for kids.  Me being the Type A mom that I am clipped the strings that pull up the shades in the back in case one of my kids wanted to accidentally strangle themselves.  So, my current sexy solution is to use spraypainted binder clips to hold up the shades.  Don’t be jealous.

Easy way to add a custom look to roman shades: DIY valances

A cute valance adds so much character

The panels themselves are a simple rectangle hemmed on all four sides.  Then, add extra strength velcro at the top.  Super easy, and you can change them out with the seasons or your mood without having to replace all your window treatments.

Custom valance

Make your own unique valance

There’s some changes about to happen in this room, so we might not have these valances forever.  But they’ve been a fantastic way to quickly and inexpensively get a custom look with my limited sewing skills!

So easy to make your own DIY valance

I know you’re jealous of those spraypainted binder clips shade holders. Don’t hate. 😉 So what do you think– a custom look in just 15 minutes (per panel).  Not too shabby, right?  Oh, okay, still kinda shabby with those binder clips.  But is this an idea you could get behind?

Custom window treatment in minutes

This post on easy DIY custom window valances is part of the 31 Days of 15 Minute Decorating Ideas series; be sure to check out the rest of the easy decor ideas!

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