Seems we are seeing fewer and fewer valances these days.
I love a good valance that preserves your view and gives you the opportunity to introduce color and rhythm to a space.
Following are some terribly dark photos of a valance we did in a kitchen - actually three valances. We had to match the proportion on the two side windows that flanked a large double door. The cute ball fringe kept it from being too formal.
The inspiration for this valance was found on Pinterest!