Working with Scarves, Swags and Drapery Medallions


The flowing beauty of a scarf valance adds character to home window treatments. With many ways to drape a scarf valance, it is simple to change the look in each room of the home. Whether the scarf valance is positioned over panels of drapery, sheer curtains or blinds, it adds color and texture to the room. A swag-style scarf valance using drapery medallions is quite an easy look to accomplish.

First, prepare the window for the valance. Choose decorative drapery medallions to hold the scarf valance. Use a drill to install the drapery medallions above the window frame. Drapery medallion sets from Metropolis Iron include all necessary hardware including touch up paint to cover those unsightly screw heads. Next, measure the width of the window and install a drapery medallion a few inches past the window casing on each end. Use a level to ensure they are straight and flush.

Next, prepare to swag the valance. Lay the valance out on a large table or the floor. Place the backside of the fabric toward the ceiling. Stretch the fabric lengthwise in front of you. Fold the fabric in an accordion style, keeping the pleats an equal width.
Now, measure the height of the windows. Start at the drapery medallion and go down to the desired length of the finished swag. This is usually just above the window sill. Then use the tape measure to measure the same amount on each end of the valance. Use a decorative drapery cord to tie a loose knot around each measured spot on the valance.

Now you are ready to hang the valance. Pick up the valance by the knotted cords and turn the fabric so the backside faces the glass. Take the scarf valance to the window, and then rest each knotted section on the corresponding drapery medallion. Allow the center portion of the valance to dip down in front of the window. The amount of curve will be determined by the length of the scarf valance purchased.

Take a step back and smile as you look at the amazing window treatment that you have just created using only drapery medallions from Metropolis Iron, a scarf valance, a measuring tape, a drill and a bit of time! Your inner designer is shining!

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