Baby Room Chandelier
Cornices and covings
Like any other work of art, an intricately patterned ceiling deserves to be properly framed. Here, the job is carried out by a cornice that echoes the stepped profile of the plasterwork. Cornicing is ideal for breaking up a large expanse of wall and most rooms will benefit from this prominence of detail.
A coving with curved edges typically requires special casting in order that it matches the curvature of the walls. Creating a step between the straight and curved sections of the walls, as shown here, makes it a great deal easier to conceal imperfect joints. Notice that coving gives an unadorned ceiling and wall a sense of interest.
Cornices and covings are fixed at the point where the walls meet the ceiling. A cornice is a projecting ornamental moulding while a coving is a plain moulding with a concave profile. Both are manufactured as long lengths that can be cut to size. Fibrous plaster is the most popular material for these and other mouldings.
Like all plasterwork, they do not last for ever. In converted houses, sections were often hacked away to make space for partition walls; intricate cast detail can be submerged under layers of paint or chipped; and if your building has ever suffered from severe damp, the bond between the moulding and the wall may have come loose. However, they are easy to replace or repair ( 96-97). Walls and ceilings should be dry and free of dust before starting work, and wallpapers and any hnings should be removed.
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