Window Cornice Ideas

Window Cornice Ideas

Think of a window cornice as a canvas that can be decorated to fit your style

By Kaye Morris

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Window cornices are a popular way to dress up a plain window or boring room. Covering a cornice with fabric is the traditional way to decorate a cornice, but there are many other options as well. Simply walking down the aisles of a craft store can give you a variety of possibilities for creating a window covering that suits your home. If you don't have the tools or knowledge to build your own cornice, you can buy a cornice box already made.

Fabric Covered Cornice

Fabric is the most common cornice covering, but even if you go this route, you don't have to stick to a single fabric. Cut the fabric in strips for a custom striped look, or cut fabric in squares and glue it to the cornice to create a patchwork look. Add ribbons, bows, tassels and other sewing trim to add flair and color to the cornice.

Finished Wood Cornice

Instead of covering a cornice with fabric or other items, consider finishing the cornice with crown molding or other decorative wood trim. A finished wood cornice can be painted or stained to match other trim or furniture in the room, giving the room an elegant, polished appearance. Add decorative wood trim from craft and hobby shops to make a finished wood cornice more elaborate.

Wallpaper Border or Wallpaper

Cover the cornice with the same wallpaper as the wall for a nearly hidden effect. For an easier match, choose wallpaper with a small repeating pattern. Striped wallpaper creates a more dramatic effect but will take more effort to match with the wall. Wallpaper border is a simple way to cover a cornice, especially if the cornice is the same width as the border. Choose a border that compliments the wallpaper or paint in the room or choose a bright, playful border for a child's room.

Scrapbook Paper

Scrapbook paper and embellishments provide you the flexibility to create a decoration with any color or theme your prefer. Simply cut the paper and glue it onto the cornice. Add embellishments to dress it up; think of it as a mixed-media collage cornice.

Seashells & Sand

A sand and seashell cornice is a cool addition to a beach-themed room. Paint the cornice a solid color and apply a thin layer of glue in a wavy fashion on the bottom of the cornice. Sprinkle sand on top of the glue in different colors and shapes to create the effect of dunes. Glue small seashells onto the cornice in the sand. You can finish the top part of the cornice with blue paint or sand, or leave it the base color.

Buttons and Other Items

If you paint a base coat on the cornice, you will create a blank canvas that gives you many options for creating a cornice that is unique to you and your décor. Some ideas for glue-on items are buttons, glass, beads, silk flowers and foam stickers.

About the Author

Kaye Morris has 20 years of real estate development experience and is a regular contributor to DexKnows.

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