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How Can Adding Trimmings To your Windows?

How Can Adding Trimmings To your Windows?

Other trimmings, however, are dual-purpose and perform a function within a window-dressing system.


Cornices form a decorative finish to hide the running systems of curtains and create a finished-looking window treatment. They tend to be used for grand curtain treatments, but lighter-weight, less elaborate versions can look effective in a simpler decorative plan.

Using Cornices For Trimiming Your Windows

  • Papering cornices Decorate plain wooden cornices simply by painting or wallpapering them. Use the same paper as that covering the walls, which will make the job easier and less costly than using fabric.
  • Increasing Impact Add a decorative molding along the top of a cornice, or use it as a shelf for displaying ornaments to increase its visual impact.
  • Creating effects Use a cornice to alter the apparent shape of a window. Position it higher than the top of the window treatment, for example, to make the window look taller than it actually is.

Attaching Fabric Cornices

Mounting a cornice; Once the wooden framework of a cornice has been assembled and mounted in place, attach its fabric front. Ideally, make this piece with a flexible frame so that it is easy to fit in place. It can be held there using touch-and-close tape.

Shaping Cornices

Using a jigsaw; Add to the decorative appeal of a wooden cornice by scalloping the lower edge. Mark out the curved design on the cornice board, clamp the cornice onto a workbench, an<?use a jigsaw carefully to cut the shapes.


A valance serves a similar purpose to a cornice, but it is constructed from fabric rather than a solid material. Despite being less substantial, a valance can contribute to the decorative impact of a window treatment.

  • Saving money Make a valance rather than a cornice if you are working within a tight budget. The fabric needed to make a valance will cost less than for a more .substantial alternative.
  • Using ceilings In a room with a low ceiling, you can hang a valance directly from the ceiling above a window without a rail. Attach hooked screws directly to the valance’s heading tape.

Hanging a valance alone

A valance is highly decorative and can be hung by itself without curtains as a finish in its own right. Mount it in position using a valance rail so that the fabric will hang with a good shape and be1 seen to the best effect.

Swags and Tails

Swags and tails can either accompany a cornice or be used alone as a decorative window treatment. These decorative items take the cornice and valance idea a stage further. Their function is purely decorative, but they can be used imaginatively to great effect.

Using door knockers

Creat a simple swag effect by mounting an ornate door knocker above each top corner of a window. Drape material around the window through the rings so that it hangs in a flowing style.

Being Inventive

Using alternative materials

  • Since swags are usually simply draped, experiment with different kinds of material. Try long silk scarves, saris, or other lightweight fabrics to create all sorts of voluminous and shapely draped effects.
  • Draping in position For an informal hanging system, simply drape your material around a pole or other curtain- hanging mechanism. Make a few stitches in appropriate places to maintain the hold.
  • Attaching to cornices When attaching swags and tails to a cornice, use a staple gun. This will allow you to create neat pleats easily as you secure the fabric which will improve the way the fabric falls.

Adding Trimmings To your Windows

An Idea

Using leftovers Leftover pieces of material need never go to waste. You can use even the smallest slivers of material left over from making trimmings to add a coordinating or contrasting frilled edging around a plain cushion.


The traditional function of a tieback is to hold a window treatment back to one side of a window (or door) in order to allow light in. Tiebacks can, however, also have a decorative role as integral parts of the window treatment or even as decorations in their own right.

Using Tiebacks

  • Using contrasting fabric In a formal curtain arrangement that includes a cornice, for example, use a different fabric for the tiebacks and cornice to add definition to the curtains.
  • Tying easily Choose ribbons or cords for the simplest of material tiebacks. Hold them secure by looping them over hooks screwed into the wall.
  • Positioning tiebacks In the case of tall windows, tiebacks are best positioned about one- third of the way up the wall. Experiment with string before you finalize the position. This will also enable you to judge the length of the tieback.

Using Alternative Materials in Tiebacks

Being creative with leaves

Entwine wired artificial leaves together to create an unusual and attractive tieback resembling a wreath. Spray the leaves using aerosol paints to coordinate them with the color scheme.

Using a door knob

A door knob makes an ideal tie- back as long as curtain material is not too heavy and does not fall over it. If it does, attach a block of wood to the back of the knob to make it more substantial.

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