P-E-L-M-E-T. Pelmet.

December 12, 2012

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Clearly I am just winging it around here because sometimes working in things like pelmet boxes to Greta’s new room first requires me to Google “pelmet boxes.”  I am not an interior designer, but I know what I like.  And when I came across this picture (found here) I said, “I want those!”
For a few days I was calling “those” valances, but apparently pelmet boxes (or cornice boards) are the stiff version (usually fabric wrapped around a board) of a valance–which is more or less just fabric hanging above a window.  So, maybe I’m the only one that didn’t know that–but just in case that isn’t the case, we’re all caught up now.
Back-tracking to the original plan for Greta’s room:
We were planning on putting bookcases on either side of her window with a roman shade as a window covering using that green cub fabric that just arrived (swwoooon).  But adding bookcases, although we would love the look, would also mean adding things into Greta’s room to fill those shelves.  The thing is (this is where my mom would say, “What is ‘the thing’?”, the thing is we have always kept toys and things out of Greta’s room and to keep her bedroom set aside for sleeping and resting only–it has worked wonders for her sleeping habits for two and a half years so we scratched the bookcases and the pelmet was born.
Instead of using the cub fabric for a roman shade, we’ll use it for our cornice board and maybe add some nailhead trim like this (found here)?:

Or some ribbon trim like this one?:

Or keep it plain jane like the first example I posted. We are still figuring that part out but what we have figured out the shape we are going for.  According to this chart, I found here, there are 40 (give or take 19?? hahaha) different traditional pelmet shapes:
Chris and I both chose lucky number 18 as our favorite.  Love it when that happens! So let it be written. So let it be done.  Cornice board/pelmet box/stiff valence coming at you very, very soon.  And we’ll be sure to give you the full break down of how we get it done as soon as we do.
What are your thoughts on pelmet boxes?  Too stuffy and traditional?  Or are you just as excited as I am?

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  1. Maria says:

    Ohhh I love the pelmet and I’m dying to see the grasscloth wallpaper go up. The inspiration for Greta’s room is gorgeous.

    I found the artist Paul Villinski he other day and thought of Greta’s moodboard. His work seems to be the same as the butterfly art over the bed in your inspiration image, and surprisingly the butterfly’s are made from recycled aluminum cans.

  2. Oooh how fun! I love the nailhead trim and ribbon trim ideas. Can’t wait to see how you make one!

  3. Jessie McKinley says:

    I didn’t think I was a fan…until now! It’s going to look amazing!! Love the mood board.

  4. Rebecca says:

    Salivating!! Can’t wait to see Greta’s room done. I am loving the mood board!

  5. Those both look really nice, Kelly!!

  6. No, I think we’ll go with sheers and a solid curtain–and maybe add some coordinating green trim. I like to get it all up and THEN add more if I think it needs it. :)

  7. I had no idea that when they weren’t flowy they were called cornices. I have the flat board type all over my house. I usually keep mine really simple, so they are just sort of boxes. I really like bringing them all the way up to the ceiling. I love the idea of nail head trim!

    I recently made one for our kitchen

    And you can catch a glimpse of the one I have up in our daughter’s room in this post.

    I think yours will look great with the fabric you chose.

  8. Debbie says:

    Very good idea! Will the curtains themselves be the same fabric?

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