Those valances were there when we moved in. I think my landlord really loves brown. The valances are a tacky gold brown....the house is brown...he stained the deck after we moved in....that is brown. This room is actually garden level...the house is a tri-level. The upper living room has a neutral berber carpet and lots of light coming in. But, we just leave it empty. We only have one more year here. The style of home, and everything about it is everything I do not like in a home. But, the yard is nearly half an acre, and has some nice trees. And the deck is nice to have. I just want to decorate in a non permanent way, that reflects us, is homey and comfortable. I dont like the exposed TV anyway, but before buying a cabinet for it, we need new furniture, our furniture is on its last legs.