A quick, easy and inexpensive step in remodeling a room is adding a wood window cornice. The use of a cornice can dramatically change the look of a room. The window cornice is designed to hide such things as blind hardware and curtain hardware. The first consideration in adding a cornice is what wood species should it be built from and does the finish need to painted or stained. Usually if the blinds are white then the cornice is also painted white and if the blinds are stained the cornice is stained to match. Every room has a focal point, so make yours a wood window cornice.
Now let’s talk about sizing. If you have blinds that are mounted inside the window frame then adding two inches to the total width of the window casing will give you enough clearance. Using curtains requires two measurement considerations, how long is the curtain rod and how far does the curtain rod extend away from the wall. Adding four inches to the length of the curtain rod and two inches to the depth of the curtain rod will determine the opening width of a custom built cornice.
How do I go about finding someone who can make a custom cornice? Think about this. A custom built cornice is actually a mantelshelf that does not have a bottom. So look around on different web sites for companies that can build custom size mantel shelves and I am sure they would be glad to build a shelf that would work as a cornice.