Decorating & Furniture/Cornices


We recently bought an older house (built about 1967)and two of the bedrooms have wooden cornices (I think that is the proper name) above the windows. They are painted white as is the bedrooms and they are permanently attached...not removable.   My question is what to do in the way of window coverings? I just have white venetain blinds on the windows at the moment. Would a valance matching the bedding be ok?  Or should I use curtains?  Or just leave it the way I have it now?  Never saw a home with these so not sure what to do with them. Any suggestions?  


Hi Billie,

Thanks for writing and for your question about cornices.  You are extremely fortunate to have these beauties!  You have no idea how many of my clients have me build them!  

The cornices are meant to be "toppers" if you will to a window treatment.  If what you have now are white blinds, that's fine.  When you do want to add fabric treatments to the windows, use some sort of drape or curtain that will fit underneath your cornice.  You can use tab tops, rod pockets or sheers.  Don't add a valance - that's really redundant with the cornices.  

If you want to paint them, do so.  Or if you like the fact that they match the other moldings in your room, you can certainly leave them painted white.  Add wall color...don't leave those thirsty walls white!  Coordinate your color based on your favorites.  The color choice could come from your bedding, a favorite color, a favorite fabric or even one of your favorite pieces of clothing!  Adding color, leaving the cornices white and adding a drapery or curtain fabric to coordinate with your bedding will make your room look quite stylish!


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