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Pelmet Design: 20 Tips to Decorate A Window

Pelmet design is one of the crucial parts of the interior design of any house. It speaks about the sense of look for the overall design of the house. Pelmet designs are the ones that sit above the window, acting as a hideout for the curtain tracks. Also, they are the structures that will reduce the heat that enters from the window. Since they act as the crowns for the windows, it frames the view and natural light. These factors give pelmet designs the opportunity to enhance themselves with the structure and fabrics. To do the appropriate pelmet design, one can follow these 20 tips that will simply help one decorate the window.

Pelmet Design
Project By: The Building Factory Collaborative

Pelmet design is a simple task while preparing the first layout of the house. It comes with many factors that support its characteristics and structure. These may be about hiding the pipes behind the pelmet design or inserting a huge curtain channel inside it. All of these matters decide whether the pelmet will be wooden or made of cement sheet covering. Hence, to make eye-catching pelmets, one must consider all of the factors of the design.

1. Understand The Place Setting

Pelmet Design

Before starting to design, one must consider the place where the window comes into the house. The part of the house and its function will lead the design to its form. The pelmet for the living room will be different from the pelmet in the dining room, study, or bedroom. One must always keep the setting of the place in mind while designing the pelmet. For example, the living room pelmet can be of wide length and a higher height. This structure will help one decide on the material and design for it.

2. Combine It With Room Furniture 

Pelmet Design
Project By: Foxline Architects & Interiors

As every element in the room complements each other and forms the space environment, the pelmet must add to it. The role of the pelmet in any room becomes important as it highlights the window or any opening in the space. Often, the pelmets cover the window, but they are also a way to hide the services in any room. Hence, it is not always necessary that they become just the part above the window. Pelmets are also the parts that cover the beams running in the room. Thus, combining the designs with the other furniture placed in the room will make the designs in harmony with each other.

3. Verify The Size of the Window

Pelmet Design
Project By: Foxline Architects & Interiors

The design of the pelmet clearly depends on the size of the window. As it is generally placed over the window, the width, length, and height will decide whether the pelmet will be divided into parts with grooves on it or will be single flushed with any color. The size of the beams will also determine the structure of the pelmets. Heavy beams can be made to look lighter and more attractive by placing a CNC-carved sheet of pelmet.

4. Check If It Has Multiple Purposes

Pelmet Design
Project By: Studio 507

Nowadays, there are various uses for which pelmet is used in the design of any house. These uses involve hiding the curtain tracks, hiding the beams running in the middle of any room, hanging the AC, and hiding the service pipes behind the pelmet. All of these functions that are performed by the pelmets should be known before they are designed. The patterns, colour, structure, and material will depend upon the roles they have to play.

5. Providing Proper Curtain Channel Width

Pelmet Design
Project By: Studio 507

The pelmet is most commonly used to cover the curtain channel that is placed in the window. This will not spoil the look by showing the structure of the channel. There is a fixed size for the curtain channels available on the market. While designing the pelmet, one must keep in mind the size of the channel, according to which the structure of the pelmet will be decided.

6. Play with Colors 

Pelmet Design
Project By: Studio 507

When kept above any window, the pelmet becomes an artificial beam that is customised and kept over there. This affects the looks of the room as well as the theme of the design. One can always highlight the pelmet by using a distinct colour or hide it in the wall by using the same colours of the room. These ways will enhance the design of the pelmet.

7. Get Personalized

Pelmet Design
Project By: AURA Interiors

Giving a design for the pelmet that suits the background of the room is ideal. One can have a personalised touch over the pelmets by giving various patterns over the surface. This will help one make distinct designs for the pelmets that will set the mood of the room. It can also be given with the help of the fabrics they choose to use with the pelmet.

8. Designs That Make A Difference

Pelmet Design
Project By: Kunal Shah Architects

Whether it is a small portion that is covered with a wooden plank over the window or a bulky cement sheet with carvings over it, both will differ in the design of the pelmet. If one chooses to colour it differently than the walls, it will highlight itself in the space. Or, when a fabric is placed over it, the look will be formed differently. Its function will also decide the design, and all the designs will make a difference.

9. Choose Materials Wisely

Pelmet Design
Project By: Kunal Shah Architects

The structure of any pelmet will determine whether it is to be made from wood, metal, plastic, or any other form. The function will also decide which material to use that does not need more maintenance after its construction. The material that one chooses for the pelmet will have to sustain the load of the curtain channel if necessary. Also, if the pelmet is made to hide the services, the material used should not be affected by humidity or heat.

10. Workout the Junctions

Pelmet Design
Project By: Foxline Architects & Interiors

The corners of any design are sensitive to workouts in any design. This will affect the overall look of the design. When there are corners where the pelmets intersect, they must be designed properly without any unwanted cohesion.

11. Keep it Fuss Free with a Solid Fabric

Project By: Foxline Architects & Interiors

The pelmet is often highlighted by the type of curtain one puts inside the pelmet. One can always use the design of the pelmet to complement the kind of fabric used. One can also cover the surface with a solid-colour fabric over the surface of the pelmet to make it look fuss-free.

12. Create A Master Finish With Box Pelmets

Project By: Foxline Architects & Interiors

In any room that has a window offering a seat, one can play with the design of the pelmet accordingly. Here, the pelmet design can have a box structure that will allow one to cover the width of the seat. Also, one can place lights in the pelmet for better design and feel in the room.

13. Add a POP of color with painted pelmet

Project By: Rohit Dhote Architects

Whether it is a bedroom or a living room, pelmet can enhance the view of the space by merely being present. The wooden pelmet can be designed by putting in various groove patterns. These patterns can have bold and beautiful colours that can become the visual highlight of the room. These colours can be combined with the fabric texture and colours of the curtains below.

14. Plaster in your Curtains

Project By: Rohit Dhote Architects

Most pelmets are used for showing off the curtains while hiding their channels. The channels spoil the overall design if kept naked on the window. These pelmets can be such that the length of the curtains will be from above to 4 inches down, such that they will look as if they are floating from the ceiling.

15. Lean in to Traditional Touches

Project By: Rohit Dhote Architects

Giving a box of wood above the window is not always viable for the designs. One must always try something new after looking at the settings and functions of the pelmet. The pelmet can be a corniced part over the window that has a hanging curtain with satin fabric all along. This design will make the look of the room a little traditional and different.

16. Add A Clean Soft Look

Project By: Rohit Dhote Architects

There are a lot of design elements available on the market, such as colour, textures, wood, metal, and plastic, that can be used as pelmet. These wooden pelmets can be covered with laminate that has various patterns, colours, and textures, or else they can be carved and painted above. All of it can be done with various options. To give a clean look, either the laminate or colour can be used.

17. Keep It Minimalist

Project By: The Design Corner

Nowadays, the trends for interior designs are more towards modern and contemporary designs. These designs do not include many carvings or bright decorations. Hence, pelmets with a simple design and plain and bold colours and textures will suit the minimal and modern design of the hour.

18. Create a clash with wallpaper

Project By: House Of Ruya

Pelmet design has to coordinate with the surroundings in the room. The immediate balance in the design it maintains is with the adjacent wall and its colors. This balance is also obtained by combining or contrasting the wallpapers that are part of the design. Thus, giving a pelmet that will be in harmony or contrast with the wallpaper is also a way to design.

19. Blend the Pelmet into the Ceiling

Project By: Soch Design Studio

Today, interiors are often given ceilings that are highly decorated with lights or any curves that form their structures. When these ceilings come to the juncture near the window, the pelmet combines with them. Hence, one option is to blend the pelmet with the ceiling so that the curtains seem to float from the ceiling. This will make the surface look even and not separated.

20. Elevate Neutral Space With A Bold Pelmet

Project By: The Brick Tales

When a space is decorated with pelmet, it gives a new language to the space. Thus, pelmet is a space-decorating element that will define the look of the space with its design. A bold or striking pelmet will make it the focus of the design.

Pelmet design becomes an interesting element of design that is important as an individual and in combination with everything else in the room. It is the crown of the window that comes up in various shapes, forms, and patterns. Pelmet design is the way to address the junction between the walls and the adjacent windows that are the focus of the living room. Any space that has a pelmet will need the right choice of colours and fabric for the curtains to make it look indulgent. Pelmet design is aesthetic as well as functional, as observed. They are the trendsetters of today’s houses, without which the designs seem incomplete. Hence, doing the right pelmet design is very necessary for any design project.

Content Writing And Research By: Ar. Rajeshwari Pandya Modi

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