Is this a real white or is this an off-white color?

We get this question all the time. And the answer is always to get a sample. Always.

Because let’s face it, the purest of all white fabrics aren’t going to be white in your room if your room’s lighting is yellow or if your window treatment is right across from a wall with orange satin paint.

To enjoy fabrics in a true, cool white color, the fabric also has to be able to reflect those same colors back to the room. In other words, the rest of the room also has to prominently feature pure whites and cool blues and grays. That, or you’ll need plenty of natural light to offset any warm tones in the room.

But besides those obvious caveats, here are some of our popular faux shade fabrics that have a white background in natural light.



Except for a few colors (like the Cloud Linen colorway), most of our Anderson checks are contrasting colors against white.

Some are medium-weight standard cottons, while others are heavier cottons with a slubbed texture. Some popular examples are the black and white, Brazilian yellow and white, and lipstick and white combos.


Anderson in Black faux shade valance.



Monroe in Snowy is a large medallion pattern printed on a white slub texture cotton base.


Monroe in Snowy faux shade valance.



Manchester is a lighter weight cotton with a true white background that comes in blue, taupe, green, or French grey at the moment.


Manchester in French Grey faux shade valance.



Shannon in Ecru is a taupe and gray paisley that is printed on the same white base cotton as Manchester.


Shannon in Ecru faux shade valance.



Jing is a Chinoiserie lattice pattern. All available colors are printed on a white slub texture cotton.


Jing in Regal Blue faux shade valance.


Arabesque Floral

Arabesque Floral is a heavier cotton canvas with a crisp white base and large Jacobean florals in deep blues.


Arabesque Floral in Marina faux shade valance.



With the exception of the Cloud Linen color, the Traditions pattern is printed on a white cotton base. Currently available in black or gray.


Traditions in Storm faux shade valance.


French Stamp

French Stamp is a great fabric if you’re trying to create a black and white room with a French café flair.


French Stamp in Sherbet faux shade valance.



Grove is another colorful design that uses a white slub texture cotton base as its background.


Grove in Endive faux shade valance.


In conclusion, for the ideas we’ve just shown you, check out our faux Roman shade valances here, or take a look at our functional Roman shades to use these same beautiful fabrics too!

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