Cornices are upholstery for your windows and are made with wood, batting and your choice of fabric.
Cornices are economical window treatments that come in a variety of shapes and styles. They can be made to go over your drapery panels or a privacy treatment, like a blind or shade. Sunshine makes cornices for all styles of windows: single, picture, bay, etc. and manufactures them in our 26,000 square foot drapery workroom in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Cornices began as architectural elements on buildings in classical Greece where the word literally meant a “shelf”. In today’s decorating jargon, however, the word stands for box-shaped window top treatments made of decorative wood or padded fabric. As top treatments, cornices provide both decoration and function.
Whether made of wood or fabric, they bring style, color, pattern and texture to your home. They can complement and coordinate with your home’s drapery panels or they can provide a clean, unfussy treatment over window blinds. These decorative elements can be a simple box-shape or curved, scalloped or draped like a roman shade. The use of fabric, trim, buttons or nail heads gives you unlimited options and uniquely personalizes these top treatments.
In addition, there are some very practical reasons to install window cornices. Their placement on the wall can fool the eye into believing a window is larger than it really is or that the ceiling is higher. Oftentimes, people use cornices to hide their blinds’ ugly headrails or their draperies’ white, utility rods. Also, the addition of a cornice over full drapery panels controls heat loss through your windows. Who doesn’t want to save money on rising energy bills?