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The Beauty and Benefits of Using Cornices for Windows

cornices for windowsCornices for windows add beauty and structure to any room in the house. From adding a dramatic flair to simple functionality, the cornice can be customized to your personal decor themes for your home.

What are Window Cornices?

Window cornices are decorative pieces that frame the top of a window. They typically hide the corners of the built-in window frame and poke out into the room where they’re mounted.

Used for Many Years

Cornices for windows have been used in building construction and home design for many, many years, though modern window cornices are far less likely to be elaborate and ornate that older versions may have been. Some cornices are made wholly of wood, though the vast majority nowadays are constructed from fabric and simple wooden frames.

Beauty and Benefit: Understanding the Function of Window Cornices

While window cornices don’t themselves provide any significant structural support for walls or windows, they do serve a valuable function for the home. In addition to adding a tasteful design element, the window cornice keeps unsightly hardware out of the way.

Designate a Focal Point

Window cornices give you a chance to play up a room’s architecture by designating the window as a focal point. Windows are often designed to let light in without themselves being obtrusive, but in that pattern, many visitors miss out on the great qualities that your room may have with the window as a focal point.

An Amazing Accent

Use coordinating cornices to anchor multiple windows spread throughout the room or choose one to accent the window with the greatest view outdoors as a place to set an elaborate cornice. Whether you prefer patterned fabric or a simple box design, a window cornice can set your room apart in the very best way.

Living Room

In the living room, window cornices provide structure and anchoring at a point other than the television, to which many people’s attention naturally flows. Choose a stately cornice design that has an arch toward the middle to accent a high ceiling or loft extension.

Add Texture

With living room window cornice design, you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to decor and accents. You can choose tufted fabric or carved wood. These details create a more serious room with the feel of a library. Or design a bright fabric and slim profile for your window cornice to hide hardware without intruding too much into your living area.


In the kitchen, window cornices provide a lovely dash of detail. Otherwise, it might be a room very dominated by neutral hues. With cabinets, counters, and appliances taking up much of the visual space in the kitchen, it can be challenging to get a theme going in this room of the house.

Add Color

Use a window cornice above your kitchen window to add color and decoration to your home’s kitchen. Look for a bright yellow or red. These two colors are always popular in the kitchen. Or choose a more modern patterned fabric that adds a hint of sophistication.


Bedrooms always benefit from the addition of window cornices. And children’s bedrooms especially are a great place to add these design features. In children’s rooms, look to window cornices as a way to add some stellar detail. Also, you don’t have to commit to artwork your child will soon outgrow. And you can avoid hanging elements that might provide too much temptation for curious little ones to play with.

Use Your Imagination

Bedroom cornices come in as many designs as any other aspect of bedroom decor. So let your imagination roam free when dreaming up a design for your bedroom or a shared children’s room. Choose narrow profiles and lush fabrics that make the room cozy and inviting to come in and stay a while.

Provide Structure for Hanging Curtains and Blinds

In addition to their design features, window cornices are great at disguising the often unsightly hardware and rods used to hang blinds and curtains. When you’ve got a great room design, the last thing you want your guests to see is the simple curtain rod that you’re using to hold the beautiful curtains you have on display.

A More Pleasant View

Use window cornices to keep these things hidden. And show off only the most presentable portion of your curtains and windows. This way you can enjoy the view without the unpleasant window hardware interfering.

Getting a Professional Perspective

Choosing to install window cornices in some of all of the rooms of your home is a big decision. It involves a lot of work and planning. Thankfully, you don’t have to manage the details of window cornice installation on your own.

Work With Us

Turn to the pros at Lim’s Upholstery. Get the advice and expert craftsmanship for window cornices in every room of your home. From measurements to designs and construction, we’ll handle all the details. You just sit back and relax with a new view out of your freshly corniced windows.

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