Window Valances and Cornices
Let’s say you’ve got the body of your windows decided – blinds or curtains and hardware. Well, let’s not forget the tops of windows. These can come in the form of valances and cornices: decorative tops for windows. Both can be upholstered in fabric or made from wood, but what’s the difference between the two? Again, a valance serves as a decorative covering, and it can come in wood, faux wood, or fabric options. It can be mounted at the top of your window treatment to conceal the curtain rod or the upper portion of aluminum blinds.
When using a fabric valance, it can provide a softer and more inviting touch, especially when paired with blinds or shades. On the other hand, a cornice differs from a valance in several ways. First, it has greater depth, allowing for the sides to cover elements such as motorized drapery systems while keeping them hidden underneath. A cornice is constructed by upholstering a solid box frame, commonly crafted from wood and padded with a layer of batting. Depending on your choice of fabric, a cornice can also exude a more formal and sophisticated vibe in contrast to a valance.