I was skeptical about this idea when Jennifer brought it up, but she has a great design sense so thought we would give it a shot. I built a cornice over the shower, stained it, mounted it and then added some finishing touches. The bathroom is pretty small so it is difficult to get a better picture... but I think it looks better than the picture shows.
A Pelmet is a decorative, stiffened valance, which may be flat or have stiffened sections or fancy shapes. A pelmet is always stiffened and interlined to avoid sagging and rippling. Welting and borders are often used to accentuate the shape of the pelmet. A pelmet can be used in combination with jabots, cascades, tails, swags, or flags.