Traditionally, cornice is often used in reference to the decorative corner moldings on the outside ledges of buildings or homes. However, it can also be used to describe a hard or soft window treatment, which is built onto the tops of windows in the interior of the home.
These types of window treatments are designed to cover up the blind or shade mechanism at the top of the window, while also blending in with the interior of the home. It typically consists of a box either with drapery or fabric along the bottom and sides, or padding the box itself. When covered with padding and fabric, they are known as soft cornices. However, they can also exist as styled wood with no fabric; these are known as hard cornices. (more…)