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Are Cornice Board an Outdated Window Accessory?

Are Cornice Boards An Outdated Window Accessory

Trends and choices don’t always go hand in hand. When you have set your heart on something, it might be already on its way out. So, do you go with the tide? Or do you put your unique artistic twist to the story and turn it into the latest sensation.

There are really no aesthetic dos and don’ts when it comes to window accessories. It all goes down to your style and preferences. This is especially true for cornice boards.

Cornice boards were a rave during the Victorian times and held their own for a long time. Its primary function was to conceal the curtain hardware and to provide some protection. With modern décor introducing new window solutions that look great even when the hardware is on show, customer opinions of cornice boards have varied to a great extent. For this reason, when cornice boards are used nowadays, it is mainly used as a decoration.
Wood Cornice Board

What is a Cornice Board?

A cornice board, also called a pelmet, is a wooden framework placed on the top of the window to cover the hardware. It has a lot of similarities with valances, which are also used for the same purpose.

What are the Different Variants?

The simplistic design of cornice boards leaves a lot of leeway for introducing artistic variations. There is a lot that you can do with cornice boards. They can be painted, which is the simplest variation. They can also be covered with fabric, which gives the user more styling choices. For a more luxurious look, you can have them sculpted, covered with foam and fabric, or covered with other decorative accessories.

Are they Outdated?

Not at all! Cornice boards are still very much in style. All you need is some clever ideas. Like any other window treatments, the appeal of the cornice board is determined by the overall cohesion and the combined visual impact of the entire room. Unless it has been deliberately styled in an antiquated look, cornice boards don’t look outdated although, they add some weight to the overall look.

Cornice boards can be styled to go with any type of décor. Modern cornice boards are designed keeping in mind the changing taste of the next generation consumers. Custom-made cornice boards can add drama and intrigue to an otherwise monotonous room.

Cornice boards add firm lines to the window, making them look taller and grander. They also hide the headrail of curtains, which is still something many users want. Cornice boards are also an inexpensive option that is easy to install and maintain. They are very useful for hiding any faults in the window architecture, or any hard-to-remove flaws that can be an eye-sore.
Upholstered Cornices

Common Uses

Some of the common uses of cornice boards are outlined below, but in reality, cornice boards can be paired with any window treatment.

With Curtains
Cornice boards are mostly used with curtains. They add a solid profile to the liquid flow of curtains, creating a much-desired balance. If you are using a single-colored or painted cornice board, pair it with multi-colored or printed colored curtains that shares one of its colors with the cornice board. If you are using printed cornice boards, use it on curtains with light and single colors. To maintain unity, make sure that the color scheme is reflected elsewhere in the room.

Cornice boards look exceptionally well on sheer curtains. The contrast between the ethereal look of sheer curtains and the practical grandeur of cornice boards will create a stunning look for your room.
Drapes and Cornices
With Roman Blinds
Cornice boards would look equally good with roman blinds. Adding cornice board to roman blinds will create a richer look, while hiding the headrail of the blind.
The natural elegance of roman blinds will be taken to another level with the use of matching cornice boards. If you are looking for a more arresting look, go for a plain wooden cornice board and a floral roman blind. The final look would be outstanding.

With Translucent Blinds
Just as we had seen with sheer curtains, cornice boards would also create a great harmony with translucent blinds. Choose the cornice in the same color as the blind and see how well that goes.

Transparent blinds look bare without any accompaniment. Cornice board offers the perfect solution for this. With cornice boards, you get a neat finish without the addition of heavy curtains or drapes. Cornice boards will also not get in the way of light filtration, owing to their position on top of the window.

Some Design Ideas

When you paint a cornice board, it adds solid lines to the room and can be a great feature if you do them in dark colors. If you are going to use painted wood, select a color that you are planning to use sparingly across the room. This will create a uniform flow within the room, without overwhelming the décor.

Scalloped Them:
If you go for a scalloped look, it will add fine feminine lines to the room. When paired with curtains, it creates a bright, relaxed look for the room. It can be a perfect addition to a little girl’s room or to a homely kitchen.
Sculpted Look:
Sculpted cornice boards open up a wide range of design and styling option that would suit any style that you have in mind. You can also have different textures and patterns on the same cornice board. Co-ordinate any of the texture or pattern with other elements of the room to create cohesion.
Tufted Look:
If you are looking for that elegant look, go for tufted cornice boards. They look great with sheer curtains, adding character to the otherwise monotony created by sheer curtains.
Cover it With Fabrics
When you cover cornice boards with fabrics, or in other words upholstered cornice boards, the choice is literally endless. You can go for a sleek, single-color designs, or designs that are reflected in the fabrics used in the rooms.
As mentioned before, there is a lot you can do with cornice boards. Just let your imagination guide you.