Since reaching the height of fashion during Queen Victoria’s reign, window valances have survived through decades of interior design. At times they have seemed outdated, but in recent years they have made a comeback as more young homeowners seek to add a traditional, nostalgic feel to their modern homes. Valances are particularly complementary to tall windows and add texture, warmth, and softness to a room.
Customers sometimes enquire whether it is possible to have a valance over their interior shutters and the answer is yes, you can absolutely pair plantation shutters with a valance. In fact, if chosen well, they can add an elegant finishing touch to a window’s décor.
When combining plantation shutters with a valance, there are a few considerations to keep in mind:
Depending on the design of your shutters and the valance, you may need to check with our Design Consultants to ensure that the valance can be properly installed over the top of the shutters without obstructing the functionality of the shutters.
Size and style
The size and style of the valance should complement the overall look of the plantation shutters and the room’s décor. For example, a simple tailored valance might work well with the clean lines of plantation shutters. Alternatively, you might opt for a patterned valance that complements a fun bold shutter colour or choose a bold valance that can be a great contrast to a fuss-free white shutter.
Valances can be mounted in various ways, such as inside mount or outside mount. The choice of mounting style can affect how the valance interacts with the shutters and the overall window area. FYI – we can fit shutters inside or outside the window recess.
Ensure that there is enough clearance between the top of the shutters and the bottom of the valance. This will prevent any interference with the operation of the shutters.
Coordinating colours and materials
Consider coordinating the colours and materials of the valance with the shutters and the room’s décor. This will help create a cohesive and harmonious look. You’re in luck! We have a ton of shutter colours, and finishes to choose from. If you still can’t find what you are looking for, we can colour-match too.
Keep in mind that plantation shutters already offer excellent light control and privacy. The valance may be more of a decorative element rather than a functional one in this case.
Ultimately, the decision to add a valance to your plantation shutters comes down to your personal preferences and the overall design goals for the room. If done correctly, combining these two elements can result in a polished and stylish window treatment that enhances the overall aesthetic of your space. For window dressing inspiration, check out our installations and inspiration pages.