Valance over plantation shutters???

pupwhippedJune 23, 2011

Just curious on your take on this subject. A decorator told me that generally plantation shutters should stand alone with no window coverings. I think I will be putting plantation shutters in two bedrooms, but both these rooms desperately need fabric valances to lend some softness and texture. What is your opinion on having valances in conjunction with plantation shutters?

Thanks for any thoughts,

pup

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mitchdesj

I would agree with your decorator. Think of adding warmth and texture through the layering of your accessories , your wall art, creating visual interest other than on top of your windows. I would think the valances would interfere with the opening of the plantation shutters.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 9:27PM
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peaches12345

I have plantation shutters in my kitchen, breakfast area, dining room, and living room. Windows all across the back of the house. NO valances. They would interfer with the opening and closing of the shutters and would have to be so high to clear the top of the shutters they wouldn't look right, IMO. In fact, I've never seen valances over plantation shutters. Once you've got all your accessories and art in the room you'll see the shutters are a feature unto themselves and valances would be out of place aside from being in the way.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 9:40PM
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forhgtv

Valances wouldn't work very well, but you can add drapery panels if you really need additional fabric in the room. Just make sure you have enough space to stack the panels so they are completely out of the way of the shutters.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2011 at 11:36PM
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nanny2a

I'm in agreement with those who say valences would interfere, and just not look right. I have seen simple, straight panels done with plantation shutters, though, that looked attractive. They were stacked neatly on each side of the window, lending some softness and color to the room that matched other accessories.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 2:17AM
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nini804

We had plantation shutters in every room in our previous home (we are currently building a new one.) In most rooms, I didn't do additional treatments. In the formal dining and living rooms, I did gorgeous silk draperies hung about a foot above the top of the window casing with wrought iron rods and finials. They hung to the sides and didn't interfere at all. In my son's room, I wanted to add some color, so I had valances made that hung from a board (so the valances were "soft" as opposed to fabric directly on a board over batting, if that makes sense.) They looked very nice and didn't impact the functionality of opening and closing the louvers BUT when I wanted to open the shutters to get to the window, the top of the open shutter would "catch" on the bottom of the valance and a couple of times I actually knocked the whole valance down. So I wouldn't recommend it, generally. But it did look nice!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 10:56AM
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pupwhipped

Drat, I was afraid of that. Hmmmmm, I don't know what to do. These windows are original to the house from 1952....it's a lake cottage we have been renovating. The windows have noooooo depth. I've considered wooden blinds and even the honeycomb type shades, but both of those would have to an outside mount and then the window ledge is not wide enough for them to even rest on. I don't even think mini blinds would work. That's why it seems that plantation shutters may be my only option. But I WANT VALANCES, TOO! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Thank you all for your opinions. I appreciate it.

pup

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 12:02PM
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dawn8b

Hmmmm, I had no idea it "wasn't done".

Not the best picture but that valance is over plantation shutters and doesn't interfere at all.

The rod extends about 4" out from the wall. I've also hung the valance right under the crown moulding and made it so that just the top of the window was covered.

[IMG]http://i453.photobucket.com/albums/qq253/FluffFun/Dawn/013.jpg[/IMG]

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 12:19PM
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dawn8b

Hmmmm I also can't remember how to post a picture. ;) Sorry.

Let's see if this works:

http://s453.photobucket.com/albums/qq253/FluffFun/Dawn/?action=view&current=013.jpg

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 12:21PM
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dawn8b

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 12:25PM
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dawn8b

Here's a better picture:

I only open these shutters fully to wash the windows a few a times a year. If I was opening them daily it would be a bit of a pain.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 12:38PM
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nini804

Dawn, that's exactly how my son's valances looked. They look great, but for me it was a pain because we often wanted to open the window for ventilation. If you didn't need to open the window, you could just take the valance down for semi-annual window cleaning.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 4:52PM
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dawn8b

Those are 9' ceilings so I stand on the counter when I'm doing a good clean .... since I'm up there it's easy to just adjust the valance but I certainly couldn't do that every day.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2011 at 5:14PM
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