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How to choose a cornice

Cornice, of course, should fit the stylethe interior shape of the window and curtains type, but first of all - a functional accessory. That is, its main purpose - to support the curtains and provide all sorts of manipulation.

Cornices and systems

Steel profile moldings, equippedplastic fittings, it is possible to bend under any radii - they are light, so are used for intricate arched windows, are odnopoloznymi or mnogopoloznymi. Krepjat profile rails to the ceiling or to the wall using brackets.


Profiled moldings are suitable in cases where you need to hang a light tulle or if the small distance between the ceiling and the window, and even if you want to cornice was imperceptible.

With regard to the brackets, they are differentlength - from 10 to 30 centimeters. This allows you to fasten the wall cornice profile with the desired departure. This curtain will not "lay down" on the window sill, if he heavily favored. The length of the whole of the cornice of this kind - up to 6 meters. If you use coupling elements, the length can be any.

Profiled moldings are equipped with mechanisms forzadёrgivaniya curtains, so you can hand to the curtains and not to touch. They are easy to operate - runners for curtains and tulle freely slide on the profile, and multi-row eaves allow to decorate the window curtains multilayer composed of fabrics of different colors.

Profiled plastic moldings with a fillerused for heavy curtains, as well as simple, direct boxes. These eaves applied decorative plate under the tree structure, which gives the cornice classic look.

Cornices and systems

Metal rails

It is familiar to all the cornices with rounded guides. They may be made in gold, chrome. There are models for modern interior and classical.

Fasten metal rails to the wall orceiling. Fittings of metal too - hooks and rings. Cornices of metal, except for functional purposes, can also be perceived as a decoration, they are usually more expensive than the profile. Metal cornice is suitable for tulle and curtains. For kits with lambrequins he will not do.

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Forged cornices

Such moldings are usually made to order, theycan give the room a special glamor. There are single, double and triple, with trumpets, and with strings. The main decorative element - forged tips. Management is mainly manual - with a cord or a pen-pointer.

Cord allows you to open the curtain just onepulling movement towards the bottom, but there are also models with electric drive, equipped with a button or remote control. This design looks like the aluminum profile with a carriage which is driven by an electric motor.

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Round moldings

This is the traditional view of the cornice. It is the most versatile, as it fits into the interior of any style. There are eaves with single tube and double-row and three-row. Tubes of these cornices are made of wood, metal or plastic. Each material has its own advantages. But it considered a classic wooden ledge - it never goes out of fashion.

Round moldings

stringed cornices

These ledges instead of the pipe string is used. The look is minimalist cornices and do not attract much attention. Structurally, they are a special steel strings stretched between the brackets that attach to the ceiling or walls. The strings can be covered baguette. The main drawback - low bearing capacity, ie, for heavy curtains, this option is unacceptable.

stringed cornices

Cornices bagetnye

Baguette cornices like profile. In this embodiment, all fasteners are hidden behind a decorative strip, which is important for interior decoration. Rods can be different: large or small size, very intricate shapes and all colors. The profiles of the cornices do single row, double row and three-row. In the first row are often placed a strip of Velcro, which carries the pelmet. When buying a baguette eaves primarily pay attention to the color and shape of the strap as a key element for the creation of decorative compositions.

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Wooden moldings

Wooden eaves - a classic. Make them out of oak, pine, cherry, walnut and other woods. As to the form, they are flat or circular with rings. Such cornices pick up the color of furniture or flooring, making the interior more harmonious and holistic.

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The choice of the cornice options

eave length includes the length of the crossbar and two tips. Before choosing the length of first decide the location of the cornice.
Under option "wall to wall", choose the length of the cornice at 2-3 cm less than the distance from wall to wall. Place the curtain rod not less than 3 bracket.

In an "above the" brackets setfor the edges of the window opening, to be able to push the curtains and open the window completely. The total length of the cornice in this case, you need to take a 30 - 40 cm wider than the window opening.

Note that in both cases the distance from theAt the point-to-ceiling windows should be enough to install brackets. If the distance is small, the bracket will not fit there. In this case, suitable option - "partially above the" when multiple brackets placed below the level of the window, the edges of it.

When choosing, remember that there batteries, pipes, sill width. After all, the curtains should hang freely from the eaves. For this to be the optimal distance from the bar to the eaves of the wall.

Now, how much to buy arms. If the length of the eaves up to 2 meters, you can do two brackets. The optimal distance between brackets of 1.5 - 2 meters. Then they securely hold the curtain rod, and the rod do not sag under the weight of the curtains.

To calculate the size of the eaves, determine the method of fastening and its location relative to the window, armed with a tape measure, measure and record the following parameters:

The distance between the side walls of the window.
The width of the window.
The minimum distance from the wall to the curtains.
The distance from the ceiling to the top edge of the window opening.
With this crib and go to the store.

Design Tips

When choosing a cornice, remember that it must match the interior.
For a room in a classic style suitable Framing cornice. You can also use a round cornice, especially a wooden model.
If the design of the room in a minimalist or high-tech style, buy a string cornice.
With Roman or Japanese curtains go well with aluminum profiles.
The room, with stone or natural wood, it is best to use a forged cornice, it is ideally suited to high style.
If the room is low, buy a ceiling cornice, then it will appear higher.
To visually enlarge the window, choose a long cornice. If the curtains will close part of a wall, a window will appear larger than it actually is.
For curtains with lambrequins cornice optimally fix the ceiling, so he did not close the window. We need to take a triple eaves.
For a child's room is ideal - plastic moldings, because they come in all colors and organically combined with bright furniture for kids.

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