An introduction to the world of cornices

An indoors cornice is a horizontal, ornamental moulding that runs along the top of a wall where it connects with the ceiling. Cornices have been used for centuries because even in societies that don’t speak French, it’s easy to see that cornices lend a certain je ne sais quoi to any interior. Whether they’re elaborately carved or are smooth and simple, they offer a room a more attractive and ‘finished’ look.

Choosing the best cornice for a room

Whatever the décor of a room, there’s going to be a cornice that offers the right finish. Here are some general rules to help the novice decide what cornice is best to use in a room. We all know, however, that rules are made to be broken, so trust your instincts if they tell you differently – it’s playing around with the rules that leads to innovation, individual flair, and fun. The rules are more there to help those who don’t have a designerly instinct that they trust.

The size of the cornice you choose is usually linked to the height and size of the room. A bigger room with a higher roof requires a bigger cornice, and vice versa. Also, the bigger the cornice the more impact it makes, so think about how much you want the cornice noticed – is it serving a more functional role of hiding the joining or are you wanting to make a statement with it? Furthermore, cornices with multiple ‘levels’ draw more attention than those with a smoother, simpler surface.

Highly embellished or old-fashioned cornices (such as those popular in the Victorian era) generally go best in rooms with a more classical or traditional design. Modern rooms often look better with sleeker, plainer cornices. But again, mixing and playing with the norm can offer satisfying results!

Types of cornices

DAS has a range of 17 cornices to suit differently styled rooms. We have three small cornices (50 mm x 50 mm x 75 mm), while all the rest are larger and fit over standard 75 mm cornices. We’ll introduce you to our small cornices and five others in this post, and then in the next post chat about the attributes of the remaining cornice options.

Our three small cornices

The 75mm Cove cornice is the simplest design, intended to create a smooth and seamless transition between the wall and ceiling. One might think of it as the ‘silent’ cornice, because it draws no attention to itself. It just ensures you don’t have a harsh 90-degree angle in your living space! It’s a low-cost, standard cove cornice manufactured in 3m lengths.

The Cuban cornice was created with apartments and houses with standard to low ceilings in mind. It’s similar to the 75mm Cove cornice but with a little more design to it. It’s still however relatively unobtrusive.


The Fresco cornice is a new addition to the Dynamic range. It’s great for adding a neat touch to apartments and houses with standard to low ceilings.

Our five loudest cornices

The following cornices all fit over a standard 75mm cornice.

The Gothic cornice follows the classic Germanic style. Its angularity can be a nice counterpoint to furnishings with softer lines.

The Hamilton is fun and makes a real statement. The intention of the design is to provide shadow lines when the correct lighting is applied.

The Monroe is one of our largest cornices. It has bold design elements and would go best in a high-ceiling room or wherever you want a stand-out finish.

The wave pattern dominating this striking Tuscan cornice brings a stylish design element to any room.

We like our Roman cornice very much. It’s a design-rich, confident cornice with Roman architectural design elements.

Do none of these cornices suit your design purposes? If so, just keep tuned for our follow-up blog post where we showcase our classical and also lyrical cornice designs, and explain the DIY process for installing them (which – spoiler alert – is very easy!).


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