How do I disguise a built in wall to wall cornice board?


In all bedrooms an living room, there is builder made wall to wall cornice board. I would like to add side drapes to my living room window. Can I mount them to this board to make the ceiling appear higher? I also want to add crown molding to the room. Should I continue across the cornice or stop when I reach it? Any other ideas? I will also re-arrange my furniture a little to open up space in that area.

q how do i disguise a built in wall to wall cornice board
  9 answers
  • I don't see any reason why you can't mount the drapes there and I would add the crown molding right across it.

  • Joanne lueke Joanne lueke on Sep 18, 2018

    Is the cornice open on the bottom or a closed box? I have to say that I would take the cornice down. It stands out from the window wall and darkens that end of the room. I also think the drapes would look funny being away from the window and the crown molding would look strange . It would require a little more work to remove the cornice and to patch walls and maybe ceiling, require painting. I think it would look so much better and add height to the ceiling. Just my humble opinion.

  • Beth Beth on Sep 18, 2018

    If you can remove the cornice, do so. If not, mount sheers UNDER the cornice just over the window, and the drapes ON TOP of it, going from the ceiling, and from the wall to the edge of the window and sheers. This way, the distance from the window to the cornice is filled by the sheers so it doesn't look odd. And yes, you can put sheers over blinds.

  • Dee Dee on Sep 18, 2018

    You can do what you stated with the draped and crown molding but I agree with Kal. I would see if the cornice boards could be taken down. The drapes and crown molding would fit much better if the boards were gone. Just my opinion, but I also think it would liven up the room.

  • Jeanette Jeanette on Sep 18, 2018

    I would think that drapes with deep folds would also help.

  • Rymea Rymea on Oct 19, 2018

    Take it down. Nothing is going to make it look good.

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    • Rymea Rymea on Nov 05, 2018

      The camera is a good idea. Since it's closed at the bottom

      I can't imagine why it is even there. Hopefully there won't be a heating duct running through it.

  • Pat Pat on Nov 04, 2018

    If closed, I would hang drapes at window top on the wall and omit crown molding over the cornice. Are there electric wires or pipes being covered by this cornice?

  • Lori Lori on Nov 05, 2018

    I dont think so. This is on the top floor with a low sloped roof so shallow attic. We have a speaker on the cornice but it is below the closed in area. The cornice bottom is open for about 6 inches then closed above that.

  • Lori Lori on Nov 13, 2018

    Thank you for your ideas. I will probably look at having it removed if not too costly.

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