Clients frequently ask us which top treatment is best for their windows. The first step is to identify each one and then see which works best for you.
A cornice box is made out of wood and then is either upholstered and covered with a fabric or painted/stained with a color. Cornice boxes are a great option if you want something solid and sturdy. It allows your window treatment to remain fully operational. Cornice boxes are a great way to hide hardware, block more light, and they come in different styles!
Here are some styles for cornice boxes.
A valance only has wood on the top part (cap), which is then installed to the ceiling/wall and the fabric hangs loosely from it. They are many swag/valance styles to choose from as well. Valances with a printed/patterned fabric can make a great pop.
Here are some style ideas for valances.
Do you like cornices or valances best? Which style do you like most?
Specifically For Roller Shades:
You can use a cornice box or a valance as a top treatment for your shades but you also have 2 other options that are made from aluminum. Here is the guide on fascias and cassettes: CLICK HERE
To wrap up this post: for your window treatments you have the following options as your top treatment:
Cornice boxes (best for drapery and roller shades)
Valances (best for drapery but can also be used for roller shades)