In cabinetmaking parlance, particularly in kitchens, a "valance" is
usually wooden, but sometimes curtain material, located at the top of a
window and spans the distance between the cabinets on either side of the
window, or the window itself when cabinets aren't involved.
A wood valance in a kitchen most often contains, or hides, a light that
shines down on the sink area.
Example of one type of "valance":
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