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Valances and Cornices

Window treatments are a part of your interior design that can be not only beautiful, but functional! Once you select your perfect custom Hunter Douglas window treatments, consider taking them up a notch by crafting a custom valance or cornice from The Shade Shop Maine. The Shade Shop Maine has proudly served the Southern Maine community since 1989, and our talented team cannot wait to help you design the window treatments and top treatments to bring your design goals to life.

Everything You Need to Know

Window top treatments are an excellent way to add color, softness, and style to any room in your home. At The Shade Shop Maine, you can shop for window top treatments individually or in conjunction with your other Hunter Douglas window treatments. We carry two different styles of top treatment so you can choose the right fit for your interior design needs.


Valances are a timeless style of top treatment that cover the uppermost part of a window and are typically decorative in appearance and made from drapery panels or fabric. Valances can be classic and traditional or more ornate and pleated, but either way they will be eye-catching and add a soft touch to any room where they are installed.


Cornices are an ornamental top treatment, often presenting the appearance of crown molding, that will add both beauty and functionality to any room or window treatment. Unlike valances, cornices are made from solid materials and are typically attached to a horizontal frame for stability.

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Benefits of Valances and Cornices

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Hide Hardware

One of the most beneficial aspects of either a valance or a cornice is its ability to hide the hardware related to your window treatments. Valances and cornices can be hung strategically to hide rods, brackets, curtain rings, or other types of hardware. If you prefer your window treatments, and interior design in general, to have a simple, clean look, these top treatments are perfect for you.

Add Style

Given that the valances and cornices from The Shade Shop Main are customizable, there are nearly limitless styles that you can choose from to adorn your window treatments. Top treatments can be used to add dimension, elegance, and drama to your walls and your window treatments. Whether you choose a horizontal valance with no pattern or an arched cornice, it’s presence will give your window treatments an added flair.

Hide Imperfections

Similar to hiding hardware, top treatments have the ability to cover imperfections on your walls. It is common for areas near windows to experience heavy amounts of touch ups or nail holes, so adding a custom valance or cornice above your window treatments will hide any imperfections and leave your walls with a tidy appearance.

Make the Room feel Larger

In addition to adding style and character, valances and cornices also serve as an excellent eye-catching feature in any room. Because top treatments sit atop windows, they draw the eyes up, giving any room in your home the feeling of being larger and more open.

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Custom Valances and Cornices from The Shade Shop Main

At The Shade Shop Maine, we proudly carry custom valances and cornices so that you can design and install the perfect top treatment for your windows and interior aesthetic. We carry a variety of wooden and fabric valances and cornices available so you can choose something that matches your functionality and style needs. While valances will be made from fabric or drapery panels, cornices are typically solid. Therefore, cornices with a fabric appearance are often crafted by adorning your chosen fabric onto a hard piece, such as wooden cornice board.

Contact Us

Let our team at The Shade Shop Main help you elevate your window treatments by adding a custom and elegant valance or cornice. In addition to cornices and valances, The Shade Shop Main also specializes in residential and commercial Hunter Douglas window treatments, awnings, bedding, fabrics, hardware, and more! Contact us today to talk to a member of our team about your window treatment and cornice needs! The Shade Shop Maine proudly serves Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, York, Wells, Portland, and Biddeford, Maine.