Cornices above windows add elegance to the look of the room. Cornice boxes never go out of style and are perfect for both offices and households. The ceiling appears higher giving a simple board room some striking appeal.
A cornice over doors and windows is a horizontal box or decorative moulding crowning the fitment elegantly. It conceals most of the exposed parts and mechanisms giving a neat look. Ugly rods, curtain rings and drapery parts can be covered with them. Apart from homes, cornices can be used in office windows as well to give drab workspaces a touch of elegance. They can be aptly colour coordinated with the interiors of an office room and blinds too. Shades complementing the furniture can also be obtained by consulting of the cornice manufacturer’s guide book.
Basically, the design elements within an office room dictate the cornice’s design too. These basic design elements in an office include:
- Door and window styles like casement or sliding.
- Curtains and the colours used in them. The mechanism behind clearing a curtain also determines the type of cornice box used like a ‘nailed on the top’ or ‘inside box’ styles.
- Upholstery designs and shades can be coordinated with the cornice’s plywood colour.
- Carpeting hue if used.
- Furniture type and colour.
- Colour of window panes.
- Distemper shade on the walls.
Some important materials needed to make a basic office cornice are:
- pine boards or plywood
The Top of the Cornice:
Cornice tops are of several types like side overlapping varieties, routed edge types, top nailed or hidden styles that are not visible from below. They can be made from 1x4s, 1x6s or 1x8s. The proper combination of top and board size can even save the effort of cutting the top to a required width. An overall depth of 4-3/4 inches can be obtained from a conventional 1×6 ‘nailed on top’ type box cornice. To get shallower depth, the same look can be altered with a 1×4 ‘inside the box flush’ that gives an overall depth of 3-1/2 in.
Colourful cornices add a touch of vibrant liveliness to a work sphere. Several cornice fabrics are available in the market with sophisticated abstract patterns in various hues. These can be used to assemble cost effective cornices. Alternatively several ply wood cornice designs are also available. If these designs are confusing, one can buy short lengths of 2 to 3 types of wood trims, cut them into 1 foot long pieces and mock up combinations to get visual effects. Wood glue can hold the pieces together for 10 minutes. Holding these mock cornices on the office window opening can give a feel of the final look.
Some types of plywood cornice wood trim designs are:
- Painted plain pine.
- Plain stained oak.
- Stamped trims.
- Pierced trims.
- Dentil crown mouldings.
- Pine lattice mouldings.
A customised cornice can be ordered to transform ordinary office windows into classy fittings. Furthermore, they are affordable and involve simple carpentry skills. Hence installing a cornice is a hassle free job that is swift and does not create obnoxious mess within an office.
Manoj Jha is an enthusiastic writer who loves writing about the various kinds of windows and doors like sliding doors, bay windows, casement windows for homes etc. In this article he has shared some trendy and fascinating ideas about windows for office.