Cornices: The Ultimate Window Accessory

Abigail Sawyer | 29 Nov 2012 | Window Treatments

Designer Wood Cornices Designer Wood Cornices

We’re excited to tell you about our new line of Designer Wood Cornices. These well made window toppers lend sophistication to many window treatments. Wood blinds, fauxwood blinds, mini blinds, sheer shadings, draperies, and vertical blinds all look beautiful when crowned with custom hardwood.

Want to find out what Cornice style is right for you? Jump to our style selector to find out!

Architectural cornice

Cornices have been a feature of classical architecture for centuries, and were used on the outside of buildings to keep rain water away from walls. When modern drainage systems were developed, cornices became functionally obsolete, but they can still be found as a decorative feature on many modern structures.

Where Do You Use a Cornice?

The word cornice has roots in the Italian word for “frame” and Greek for “crown.” As a frame does, a cornice will bring visual emphasis to your window coverings while giving them an distinguished look and concealing hardware.

Bali 2 1/2" Northern Heights Shutter Style Wood Blinds

A cornice in a coordinating stain or paint color will blend beautifully with real wood or faux wood blinds. Get this look by choosing the 5 1/2″ Traditional Cornice Style.

Bali 2" Premium Faux Wood Blinds

Another great place to use a cornice is over a large windows with multiple blinds. Because our Designer Wood Cornices are custom made to your measurements, they will unify the look of separate window coverings.

Graber Fresco Roman Shades

Cornices add structure to the softer, more casual look of roman shades. In a room with a variety of window treatments like roman shades and sheer vertical panels, matching cornices can help unify the space.

bed canopy cornice

Image via Pinterest

Cornices pair beautifully with drapes over windows, but can also be used to make beautiful bedroom canopies when mounted on the ceiling.


What style is right for you?

5 1/2" Traditional Cornice

5 1/2″ Traditional Cornice

The 5 1/2″ Traditional Cornice is our most popular option. It’s clean lines and more compact size make it a classic choice that will look proportional in any window.


7 1/2" Traditional Cornice

7 1/2″ Traditional Cornice

Although all of the Designer Wood Cornices are available in our most popular paint and stain colors, the 7 1/2″ Traditional Cornice looks especially beautiful in our Natural clear coated finish, as pictured above. With more height, this cornice retains a traditional look, but gives a more distinguished impact.


7 1/2" Contemporary Cornice

7 1/2″ Contemporary Cornice

Get a more modern look with our 7 1/2″ Contemporary Cornice. It’s voluptuous curves will flow well with softly draping shades. It looks especially dapper in this dark Birch stain.


7" Vintage Cornice

7″ Vintage Cornice

The 7″ Vintage Cornice is a beauty that will to your windows with style and nostalgia. It’s soft curves get that extra touch with twisted detailing along the base. This mid size cornice can accommodate any size window, and looks especially lush in  the deep Java stain.


Crown Your Windows!

Are you a cornice lover? Shop our beautiful new line of Designer Wood Cornices and let us know what window you’re planning to adorn!


  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw