Decorative ceiling cornices enhance a room’s look

Decorative ceiling cornices – also known in some parts as crown mouldings – are used to cap walls, gracefully flaring out to touch the ceiling and so conceal the sharp 90-degree join of the two planes. But cornices come in many different forms, from sleek and thin modern ones to highly embellished ornamental ones and stylishly geometric ones.

So how do you know which one to choose? Ask yourself what you want from your cornice in terms of its role in a particular room or space, and consider the points below indicating what cornices work where, and when.

Make a statement 

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The wider the cornice you install the more noticeable it will be, so you should only choose a large one if you’re happy for it to stand out and be noticed.

Strong patterns will also make a cornice stand out more. Consider for example these two cornices, both of which are mid-sized cornices in the DAS range:

The former – the Tuscan cornice – is a statement cornice, while the latter – the Venetian cornice – offers a subtle curvature and so is more discreet option.

Keep with the style of the room

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Cornices go well in most rooms and with most styles, but they are especially suited to traditional and classic interiors. Classic interiors are about balance, elegance and lots of mouldings, so not only are cornices pretty much a must, but you should feel encouraged to embrace the more decorative ones, from the geometric (like above) to the floral. And you can also go big, like our Monroe cornice, which is an impressive 120 mm by 150 mm by 185 mm:

Traditional interiors are about calm and comfort, and as such tend to have neutral colours and soft mouldings that work well with classic styled cornices.

Keep things simple

Small and understated cornices go excellently in almost any interior. They offer a neat finish, and as in the room below, they provide a comely transition from coloured wall to white ceiling, or vice versa.

Our 75 mm Cove cornice is just 50 mm by 50 mm by 75 mm, and as such is a feature almost nobody will notice unless specifically looking at your mouldings.

Cornices are also ideal when you’re using wallpaper because you need to hide the edge of the paper and they serve that role excellently. 

 

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