The ABC’s of window treatments
Our window treatment word for the day is “lambrequin”. A lambrequin is basically a cornice with legs. They are made of wood and then typically padded and covered with fabric but you could also use wallpaper or paint. This style frames the window and looks good with a trim on the edge.
Photo from Elle Decor
This historical drawing from The Smithsonian archives shows sheers and draperies layered underneath the lambrequin as well as ornate carved wood molding on top.
I love all the different shapes that you can design. They can be traditional, modern even Moroccan depending on the shape and the fabric you choose.
Photo from Jackie Von Tobel
Interior designer Elizabeth Payne used a lambrequin in this years Kips Bay Showhouse covered with an Osborne and Little fabric and a small beaded trim on the edge.
I’ve done many over the years but this is the only photo I could find. I made this one in three pieces to fit into a bay window and mounted faux roman shades underneath.
They can work in kids rooms if you have the right fabric. I made lambrequins for my son’s nursery and my niece’s room in my preblogging days so I don’t have pictures of them.
1. It’s very important to get the proportions right so draw it to scale first.
2. Use a tightly woven fabric and pay attention to the placement when designing the shape. Plaids and stripes are the most difficult.
3. Pay attention to projection when you are installing over shades or drapery.
Now I’m in the mood to make one !