Difference Between Plaster Cornice And Coving

Coving is normally used on a moulding that is set in profile. Coving is usually more simple in design compared to cornice and is  shaped around the standard quarter circle or C shaped profile. The size and quantity of element in the coving depends on things for example cost and design choice.

Plaster Cornice

During the post war period, many home builders might set up the simple C shaped coving because it was clean, effective and economical to bulk manufacture in gypsum plaster.

  • Size – Coving profiles are available in various sizes, the widely used size is 127mm (5″). These measurements usually induce confusion – they talk about the imaginary straight line sketched across the coving conacting both wall and ceiling, not the projection or height. 150mm (6″) and 100mm (4″) are anothe common sizes mostly used from the 1930’s onwards.
  • Designes – There are several designs available from the different historical time periods, for example the 20’s and 30’s Art Deco styles are more contemporary coving styles that contain concealed lighting elements which throw light upward and all over the ceiling.

Cornice Ceiling Roses‎

Plaster Corniceis commonly used as a decorative element to get a grander effect. So a profile size over the ceiling could be 150mm and down the wall should be 100mm or vice versa. The shape of cornice elements are often very complicated, having different details and a wide variety of designs showing changing architectural trends. Contemporary and modern designs are now used in many houses and apartments that are currently being built in 21st century trend-setting style.

How to identify the era of cornice design?

It is quite difficult to accurately report that one specific cornice can belong to a certain age or era. Sometimes different areas might have extremely different designs or profiles – so it all depend on the desire of the architect and his influences that would figure out the plan about how remarkable the inner decorative would be in the home.

You can say that the egg and dart designs can be symbolic of the Victorians while the Georgians popular designs were in square shapes. You can see this cornice style in the external walls of the homes where the square blocks are made to reflect the even and square windows and door surrounds of the facade.

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More information and a variety of different coving and cornice profiles is visible at www.cornicedesigns.co.uk including contemporary  design and uplighting troughs both in a rigid and flexible material for curved walls and bay windows.

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