Add-ons such as cornices and valances also lend more character and style to the look of the windows. You can always select the colors, patterns, or designs that go well with your blinds, curtains, or other such coverings you choose to adorn your windows with. Many people mistake them for the same thing but cornices are quite different from valances in many ways. While both sit at the top of the window, they can vary in shape, the material used, the implementation, and the overall appeal.
What are Cornices?
Cornices are one of the most graceful and artistic ways of beautifying the windows. Cornices add weight to the appearance of the windows and enhance their visual appeal. If you want to impart a bold pop of color or want to focus attention on the windows, Cornices are a great option to consider. The decorative accent that cornices provide help to freshen and reinvigorate the décor of the room. Cornices are made from a variety of materials ranging from fabric to wood. Depending on the kind of effect you want to achieve, you can select the material that best suits your vision.
How are Cornices Different from Valances?
Cornices are quite similar to valances in the sense that both them top off the windows treatments adorning your windows. Both can be used to hide the mounting hardware for your window coverings elegantly. However, what makes cornices different from valances is the way these are constructed. Unlike valances that can be free-flowing and hang loosely from the top of the window, cornices are hard-top treatments. Their fabric is often made by upholstering the board. Cornices don’t have any loose fabric hanging at the bottom of the cornice. These are easily customizable and can be made in various shapes and sizes. You can get them done in a shape and build that goes well with the look you are going for.
Creative Ways of Using Cornice Boards
While cornices are customizable to a large extent and lend themselves up for a variety of shapes, sizes, and design patterns, there are subtle stylistic touches you can incorporate to accentuate your windows beautifully. Let us look at some of the creative ways in which you can use cornice boards to highlight your windows:
Create a Captivating Contrast
If you want to highlight your windows, contrasting them with the rest of the décor is a good way of doing that. You can use bold colors if you want your cornice board to stand out. You can opt for cornice board design and shade that contrasts from the window treatment so that the overall look of the window gets more depth and visual character.
Opt for a Summer-like Vibe
If you want the décor to look more summer-ready, you can choose bright summery colors for your cornice boards. This will give the much-needed pop of color to accentuate your window. The bright colors will stand out and bring the focus back to the window besides resonating the energy and enthusiasm synonymous with the summers.
Keep it Sober with Neutral Colors
If you don’t prefer the décor to be too flashy, you can opt for more neutral colors like grey, brown and beige, etc. This will keep the décor more somber and sophisticated. You can choose window coverings that contrast with the cornice boards if you want to further accentuate your windows. Window coverings with unique patterns or designs will be the perfect foil to balance out the look.
Go Natural with Wooden Cornice Boards
You can select fully wooden cornice boards instead of the ones upholstered with fabric if you want the windows to look more structured. The grainy texture of the wood will complement the window treatments quite well. You can place matching furniture near the window for consistency and added appeal.
Play with Unique Patterns
If you feel that plain cornice boards are too dull or too simple for your liking, you can always experiment with unique prints and designs. This will give a distinct appeal to your interiors and make the windows the center of attraction in the room by enhancing its visual appeal. You can either keep the patterns in sync with the window coverings or alternatively you can opt for some contrast for more interest.
How to Hang a Cornice Board
Cornice boards are pretty easy to hang and you can do it on your own easily at home. You just need a few basic household tools such as a screwdriver, a drill bit, marker or pencil, etc. These are easily available at home and hence it should not be a problem. Following a few easy steps, you can install the cornice board on your window by yourself. Let us look at the steps in greater detail:
Disclaimer: Please follow these instructions at your own risk. ZebraBlinds takes no liability for any issues or damaged caused through following DIY methods. Since all blinds and shades are different, we always recommend checking with your blind manufacturer or retailer first before making any modifications to your blinds. As well, if you are uncomfortable on your own, look for the help of a professional.
• Step 1: Place the cornice board above the window at the location where you want to install and align it properly. Using a pencil or a marker, draw a vertical line from the top till the bottom of the cornice board on both sides.
• Step 2: Take down the cornice board and lay it face down on a flat surface
• Step 3: Measure the height of the keyhole on the backside of the cornice board from the bottom edge and mark the same on the vertical line drawn on the wall. Be careful to mark the exact same height measuring from the bottom of the vertical line.
• Step 4: Cut a piece of low-tack painter’s tape which is the same width as that of the cornice board. Press the tape on the back of the board and directly over the keyhole. Align the top edge of the tape with the top edge of the cornice board and draw the outline of the keyhole on the painter’s tape using a marker.
• Step 5: Remove the tape, position it between the two vertical lines on the wall, and press it to secure it in the place.
• Step 6: Now you need to drill a hole in the wall. Using a drill bit, drill through the keyhole outline on the tape and into the wall. Once you are done, remove the tape. The tape ensures that the rest of the wall does not get damaged while drilling.
• Step 7: Put drywall anchors into the holes. This will help install the cornice board more securely.
• Step 8: Fasten a screw each in both the holes and leave a small part of the head poking out.
• Step 9: Now pick the cornice board, line up the keyhole marks on the back with the screws, and push the board against the wall.
• Step 10: Gently pull the cornice board down to lock it in place and voila! You are done installing the cornice board.
You don’t always have to be limited to your choice of window treatments in order to accentuate your windows. Cornice boards and valances also provide great aesthetic value to the décor of the window and help heighten its appeal. Apart from their practical advantage in hiding the ugly-looking mounting mechanism of the window coverings for a clean look, cornice boards also offer unmatched flexibility in terms of the design, pattern, and color options you can work with. As evident from the above discussion, these are easy to install and you should definitely add them to your scheme of things to give that extra edge to your interiors.