How many different ways can you treat the top of a kids’ room window? Two….with a valance or a cornice. How many unique ways can you top a window in a kids’ room? That’s where “way too many to list” is the answer. Found a few really unique ideas to share with you but first a little design knowledge.
Historically, window top treatments were used for one practical reason…energy efficiency (but I doubt they called it that!). Top treatments added a layer of insulation, stopping airflow from drafty windows.
Today, top treatments are used sometimes for energy efficiency, but mostly for decorative purposes. Window top treatments can:
Improve appearance of poorly proportioned windows
- Be made from special trims or ornaments
- Make a fashion or theme statement
- Be another place to add form, texture, pattern, or color
- Hide ugly hardware
- Camouflage curtain heading imperfections
- Help coordinate color schemes
Do you know the difference between a valance and cornice? A cornice is box-like structure, usually made of wood and generally (but not always) padded or upholstered. A valance is a shallow treatment, usually made of fabric. Basically, one is hard and one is soft. (More details in future posts on valances and cornices.)
If you want to add a really unique focal-point to a kids’ room, try a top treatment like one of these as a finishing touch!
|Hang lengths of grosgrain ribbon in different patterns or colors from a curtain rod mounted inside the window frame.||Create a vintage look in a girl’s room by clipping handkerchiefs together over eyelet lace.|
See Kids’ Room Window Essentials for the basics then click on these links for more window treatment ideas: balloon shades, roller shades, roman shades, shutters, curtains and draperies, how to hang curtains, mini blinds, woven blinds, hardware, and energy efficient windows.