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Consider This- Valances Over Beds

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Valances over beds–you have come a long way, baby.

Traditionally called half testers, they have their history (like many things) in 14th Century Europe.  Generally speaking the more elaborate a bed was, the richer the family was.  Half testers were born as full tester beds and had intricately carved wood frames and were massive in scale.  In the 18th Century, half testers became more decorative and lighter in appearance, relying on more fabric and less wood.

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National Trust UK

Hello America!  Half testers made their first appearance in American interior design in the 19th Century and started (like it’s English cousins) as heavier looking with mostly wood frames.

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Crescent City Auctions

Unlike canopies and full testers, half testers only cover the headboard and part of the bed.  They can be attached with a corona or cornice or done as soft valance.

I love valances and cornices over beds.  Not only do they add visual softness, valances can be a great solution to a long “plain” bed wall when you don’t want the expense of changing out your entire bed.  Also, you may love your current bed or headboard but just want a new look.  Valances can be that change.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Mary McDonald

 

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Jan Showers

 

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S.B Long Interiors

 

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via Pinterest

 

 

 

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Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel

 

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Amelia Handegan

 

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via The Wall Street Journal

 

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S.B Long Interiors

 

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Tom Scheerer

 

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via Belclaire House

 

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Tish Key

 

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Michelle Williams Interiors via The Peak of Trés Chic

 

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Lori Tippins Interiors

 

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via ELLE DECOR

 

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via Pinterest

Which one is your favorite?

As an interior designer I can tell you that anything can be done!  And with the right fabrics, colors and furniture choices, a bedroom can be transformed into a sanctuary.  Maybe your sanctuary should include a bed with a valance!

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7 Responses to Consider This- Valances Over Beds

  1. Great post and so timely for me…..considering it and probably doing it for my own bedroom so I cannot see enough pictures for inspiration:) SO many pretties…love the look and I agree they really make a room feel like a sanctuary:) I am going to buy The Chaperone TODAY!

  2. Susan says:

    I’ll say the Tish Key one as my fav, especially since my mind is already in big girl room land!

  3. Geoffrey says:

    Once again a beutiful blog — and once again a challenge to all of us to take a new look at an often-neglected area. Keep up the good work! So charming as well as challenging!

  4. Ellen says:

    love those photos!