Your wood or faux wood blind valance, and the way it is attached, can honestly make or break the whole final impression of your project. Because of this, we tend to stick with blinds that have a crown molding type looking valance. Our brand is called the Orlando valance and is a full 3 1/4" high and 1/2" thick. This extra 1/4" to 1/2" in height is noticeable and just goes that extra step in making the blind look and feel custom. Now truthfully, you would never know these slightly bigger valances looked nicer unless you were an industry insider or were able to see the side by side in your window. But the little extra coverage really makes for a better look with more coverage of the blind's head rail.
Also, whenever possible, we add small returns to the valance. Returns are small added parts that often extend approximately 1/2" from the valance to the wall. We add about an 1" to the width of the valance as compared to the width of the window and then attach these returns. The end result is a finished valance system at a great price.
It is little understandings like these that cause us to believe that experience matters. Your average big box or online retailer will likely not know to consider these sorts of nuances - unless they care enough to read a blog like this. But, even so there is nothing quite like seeing the before and after of different options as installed in people's homes.
Bottom line, be an informed consumer when buying wood and faux wood blinds. A lot of value lies in the details - in this case a small upgrade to an Orlando style valance.
We would love to help you with your wood or faux wood blind project. Also, for a rough idea of what your project might cost, check out our online wood and faux wood blind calculator.