January 28, 2013

Cornice Help!!!

Well hello Monday!  
This weekend I spent some time hanging out with friends and doing a little DIY.  Typically that makes me super happy and I am even more happy when I finish it.  
But happy didn't happen this time...


Since we moved into this house back in October I have done very little to this house.  Granted we did have the keys less than an hour before we started giving our kitchen a mini makeover... but since then I have done very little.  It is so very unlike me.  I had purchased fabric to make cornice boards for this room before we moved in!  I wanted them simple, but not just straight.  I also wanted the fabric to be very monochromatic to my walls, but also to have texture.  The hubs build the box and I gave them a quick wrap with a little welting and... done.  At least one of the two... but I am not feeling it!


What is it about them that I don't like?  Well I am not totally sure... but I feel like they are missing something.  


I planned on adding a matching cornice to the slider with drapes on a transverse rod pulled to the right.  Do I need to add panels to the window on the left to balance it out?  


Also...
My wonderful grandma gifted me these awesome modern wing backs.  She picked these up from a consignment shop, but decided she didn't like them.  They are from West Elm and I love them, but not sure where to put them in my house.  For a moment I liked them in place of my brown leather chairs, but now not sure I am loving them with this new cornice... 


Alright... 
give me your thoughts!  

Keep the cornice? Add panels? Keep the chairs, go back to the leather?  
Change the fabric of the cornice and keep the wing backs with a new table in the center?  
HELP!!!


9 comments:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

ok, here is my first thought when looking at them.... i think they look too small, not wide enough. i feel like the part where they are shaped should frame out the window and then be bordered more on the exterior of the window if that makes sense?

Tiffany said...

I agree with Cassie. They don't look wide enough. And I also think you should add panels. Good luck!

Donnamae said...

I agree with Cassie,,,they look too small, not wide enough. And, if you are adding panels to the slider, then I really think you need to add panels to the window. Just a thought, but maybe the fabric needs to be a bit darker too...the wall stripes seem to dominate...good luck to you, it'll be interesting to see what you do! ;)

Decor & Harmony said...

You are brave to ask for opinions :) they aren't wide enough...I think the bottom should be centered on each side,you have more over the glass and not enough on the wall....might I suggest a pop of color too :) I would have the window and patio door match..a black checkered pattern like your rug would look amazing. I can't wait to see what you do....aren't you glad you asked!

Diane Haynie said...

You are a brave girl to seek advice!! I do not think they are too small but do think they could use an interesting bit of welting or trim to finish them off. They just look a little too plain. While I do like the way you cut them out to showcase the wooden blinds, I think there needs to be a touch of that wooden blind in the breakfast room. One panel that pulls is OK since I think the room is balanced on the other side by the wall shelves but maybe just a fake shade in the cornice..not sure about that one. I do think the room could use a pop of color or more of that black and white.

colorsmiths said...

Well, I'm going to make some suggestions that are radically different. Hope that's ok! You have a lot of geometrics on your background, but your furnishings tend to be curvy. I think your cornices should tie the two things together...for instance, a tone-on-tone print or woven jaquard of a curvy design; metalisse cotton bedspread fabric comes to mind but a tone-on-tone print could also work. I just don't think a fabric that has a geometric in the texture pattern is going to do what you want, here. It's logical, but isolates one element of your decor from the other. And I think the panels should be the same fabric. I would prefer to see the cornices done to pick up the lighter stripe rather than the darker stripe at the top of the wall; this will lighten the whole scheme and draw attention to the cornices. Trim in the darker color could work nicely to finish it all off. With the horizontal wide stripes interrupted with the big, clean-lined and boxy windows, the softer fabric/textures that pick up your curvy furnishings' shapes should balance everything nicely.

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I agree with Cassie and colorsmiths. Making them a bit bigger and maybe adding a bit more wave to them will do the trick.

Shauna@Satori Design for Living said...

Agree with Elizabeth- it's a little too boxy for me- add some curves and perhaps a little detailing to punctuate it and draw the eye up. Simple side panels would look fab too.

Like this:
http://pinterest.com/pin/106256872429365679/

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

First of all, I love the shape of them and the textured fabric!! I think you should make it wider, add panels underneath on each side that hang on the wall and don't block any light, and make a matching set for your slider. I think panels would really soften it and be a great layered affect with the bamboo shades.

Love the chairs!! Cool grandma!