Window cornice boxes have probably been around for as long as there have been windows. These decorative accents to the tops of windows have followed decor trends just like any other home ornamentation, going from simple, plain coverings to the highly elaborate, gilded fixtures that accented the castle windows of kings and noblemen.
Today, window cornice boxes often take a back seat to simpler, less cumbersome window-treatment schemes, but many people continue to find this classic method of adding the piece de resistance to their windows too much of a tried-and-true accent to give up. Perhaps this in itself helps define the true meaning of Classic.
Form and Function to Buy or Make
There is no doubt that window cornice boxes pack a decorative punch and make a room pop by adding texture and depth. Not only this, they also pull double duty by hiding not-so-appealing hardware. More substantial than a simple valance, cornices do perform the same job of acting as a finishing touch to window treatments but with a more tailored appearance.
But because they are basically a three-sided box made of wood or composition wood, they are, of course, more costly than a valance and somewhat more difficult to put up.
Whether you purchase window cornice boxes ready-made or choose to build them yourself, these window coverings offer the utmost in versatility and style. You can paint them, stain them, or add fabric for the newest looks. With fabric, it is a simple matter to replace it when it becomes dirty, damaged, or if you just get tired of one pattern and want to put up another.
One fabric option is the quilted or upholstered look, which entails adding a layer of batting between the fabric and the wood or composition and then securing at designed intervals with a button or stitch to create the puffy appearance of a quilt or an upholstered piece of furniture.
Some people with a knack for do-it-yourself projects that do not want to take the time or effort to build window cornice boxes themselves purchase the unfinished, pre-fab cornices and then add their own personal embellishments. You can buy them online starting at around $60 and then create a totally customized cornice to complement whatever decor scheme you have in mind.
Ready-Made or Custom-Made
Others, however, simply do not have the time nor wish to go to the trouble of building nor even decorating window cornice boxes. For those, it is merely a matter of providing measurements and then selecting from a myriad of styles, designs, and materials offered by dozens of online and offline retailers.
A simple search brings up all kinds of companies willing to provide ready-made and/or custom-made cornices to suit any style of window decor. Or, for those with more time, taking their measurements to a brick-and-mortar store that offers window cornices gives a more up-close-and-personal experience of being able to pick and choose styles and designs along with the personal contact many prefer when it comes to customized home accessorizing.
Whichever way you go, if you have a thing for window cornice boxes, at least now you can rest assured that yes, they are still very much in style (as is anything, if it is something that you really want for your house), and that yes, you can certainly make them yourself, have them made for you, or go half-and-half by buying the unfinished and decorating them yourself.