Master Bedroom Cornice Boards

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In our Master Bedroom, we have two windows behind our bed.  They are actually different sizes as one is four inches wider than the other.  Why?  I have no idea.

Can you see which one is bigger?

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In case you are wondering why I am showing you such a snippet of this room, you should know that it is completely covered in sheets and plastic due to our master bathroom renovation.  (I posted an update yesterday in case you missed it)  We sleep in this little plastic cocoon!

I did not really want to put full length curtains on these windows (although I tried that once) because this room is pretty small, and I did not want to move the bed forward to accompany their thickness.  Therefore, I knew I wanted shades or something similar, but the problem I was running into was how to better conceal the difference in window size.

My good friend and vintage furniture lover, Kristen, texted me from an estate sale and sent me a photo of these cornice boards.  I immediately loved the vintage fabric, and I said “yes, get them!”.  You know you have a great friend when she loads two huge cornice boards in her car for you.  Love you, KD!

The problem is the trim.  I think I want something a bit more modern looking.

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And perhaps finding a trim to tie in with the blue of the roman shades underneath the cornices would be good?  We just put the shades up, and they are the Pottery Barn Silk Dupioni Shades in Porcelain Blue.  Love them!

When we installed these cornice boards, I was so impressed with how well they concealed the difference in the windows!  You would probably not even notice it in real life if I did not point it out to you.

The colors in the fabric pattern on the cornice boards is so pretty.  It is such an unusual color combination that I find it really interesting.  It coordinates well with the grasscloth wallpaper, too.

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Because of the curves of the cornice board, I cannot really use a tape, it almost has to be something that is braided or a cord so I can turn it easily.

I love the idea of doing something like the photo below and creating a fabric trim that is cut to match the shape of the cornice.

Greenbrier Hotel, Dorothy Draper

Greenbrier Hotel, Dorothy Draper

Also, I love how the peek of blue coming from underneath the cornice highlights its neat shape.  This was an unforeseen bonus!

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I have to do something at the bottom of the cornices simply because of the damage there will be from me removing the old trim.

What are your thoughts?  Do you have any ideas on what would be pretty on the bottom of these?  Have you seen something great lately?

Written by Grace

12 Responses to “Master Bedroom Cornice Boards”

  1. Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door March 7, 2014 at 10:00 am #

    What a great find. Aren’t estate sales the best? And they work so well with your room, they were meant to be in your home!

    • Grace March 7, 2014 at 10:01 am #

      Thanks Elizabeth! YES, they are the best! I thought they were meant to be, too. Kristen knows me well. ;) xo, G

  2. Chrissy March 7, 2014 at 10:02 am #

    I know you will do something amazing, but they look awesome to me as is!

    • Grace March 7, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      Chrissy, thank you! Yeah, they do, but I felt like the old trim was especially clashy after we added the shades. Know what I mean? I’m thinking I can dig up some trim in my stash or DIY something pretty easily. Thanks for reading! xo, G

  3. Blair March 7, 2014 at 10:30 am #

    Grace I am in love with that fabric!!!!!!

    • Grace March 7, 2014 at 10:46 am #

      Thanks Blair! I thought it was pretty fab, too. I’ve wondered who made it. Thanks for commenting. :) G

  4. Emily March 7, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    These are simply a great find Grace! What a good friend! Wish I could find stuff like this at estate sales in my area.

    • Grace March 7, 2014 at 11:56 am #

      Emily, she is a good friend! :) Bummer that estate sales in your area are not great, it really is nice. I’m sending lots of “awesome find” wishes your way! xo, G

  5. Diane March 7, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    I’m thinking just replace cording in neutral…fabric has enough going on! So pretty! How did u hide cords for roman shades?

    • Grace March 8, 2014 at 9:53 am #

      Diane, so funny that you said that! I actually bought a really neutral trim not too long ago, and my kids ended up turning it into a rope while Mommy’s eyes were not watching. :) Needless to say, after this little exercise, it was no longer usable for trim. I’m going to try a few different looks and see what looks best. Keep your eye out on Instagram, I would love your opinion! Thanks so much for the comment. G

  6. Betsy March 9, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    What a great find! You could actually use some sort of rope or twine or even twisted burlap. I think the texture would be
    nice against that fabric. Our hardware store sells many types of rope by the yard. You could even buy the white cotton
    rope and maybe tea dye it! Have fun with your new project :)

    • Grace March 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

      Hi Betsy, GREAT ideas! I think the texture idea would be nice, too. So many options. :) Thank you so much for your comment! G

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