A lambrequin is a cornice with long sides, or legs, that extend down to frame the window.
- A lambrequin can be painted, wallpapered, stained, or upholstered just as a cornice can.
- It's purpose is to create a strong frame around the window or to visually alter the shape of the window.
- It can add architectural detailing to a plain space.
- It can be sued with under treatments such as draperies, sheers, blinds, or shades. Increase the return and clearance accordingly.
- A lambrequin can be used to unify a series of close-set windows into one treatment.
- Lambrequin should be self-lined as the lining can be seen from the inside edge of the treatment.
- A lambrequin can have a symmetrical appearance using to lets of equal length and shape or an asymmetrical appearance with one or two legs of varying lengths or shapes.
- A cantonniere is a lambrequin whose legs extend all the way to the floor.