Types Of Cornices And Why You Need Them

Considered to be the icing on your home’s cake, cornices are designed to disguise unsightly joints between your wall and roof – so which best suits your home?

When building or renovating a new or existing home, it’s the tiny details like cornices that make all of the difference. With a medley of different styles, shapes and materials available, choosing the right cornice for a space can be daunting unless you understand your options. 

What Are Cornices?

In the many realms of architecture, a cornice is generally considered to be a horizontal, decorative type of plaster moulding that is positioned between the connecting joins of a roof and a wall. While the word stems from the Italian phrase from “ledge”, it’s often easier to think of cornices as the skirting boards of a ceiling. 

Gaps left between plasterboards and timber framing allow for expansion and contraction of the wood. If left exposed though, this can also lead to the plasterboard cracking – so cornices act as both a practical and aesthetically pleasing solution for both the interiors and exteriors of a home. 

Popular Types Of Cornices For Interiors

Most modern cornices are either made from timber, plaster, or polyurethane. While the best materials will usually depend on your budget, style and climate, some styles of cornices are even wide enough to actually fit over the top of existing ones that may be dated or don’t quite fit in with the tone of a room. 

When it comes to the design and aesthetics of a cornice, interior designers usually opt for a style that will compliment the other existing materials and aesthetics of your home. Five of the most common cornice designs include the following. 

Victorian – The industrial revolution occurred while Queen Victoria reigned between 1837 and 1901. As a result, homes built during this era used highly decorative “Victorian” style cornices to add a touch of class to a room or space. 

Modern – In the era of minimalism and Scandanavian style interiors being very much on trend, modern cornices are typically characterised by clean, straight lines that emphasise simplicity and elegance without drawing your eye away from other areas of a room. 

Shadowline – Although usually much more time consuming to install, a big plus for shadow line cornices is that they give a cleaner finish if the wall and ceiling paint colours differ significantly, ultimately bringing a space together seamlessly. 

Georgian – Ceiling mouldings were a popular choice in the Georgian era; they typically incorporated intricate patterns, particularly those including ribbons or depicting classical figures. Georgian cornice and coving was used to add interest to the join between the walls and ceiling.

Colonial – Reasonably priced and versatile, colonial style cornices work particularly well in most rooms with a neutral colour palette. It’s bold, accentuated curves also work well alongside archways. 

Where To Source Cornice Materials In Brisbane 

Undertaking an extensive home build or renovation is a big task, and ensuring that you get it right the first time is crucial if you wish to avoid costly maintenance further down the track. 

While Bayside Plasterboard and Building Supplies may have started in 2001 with a modest team of three, one truck and a 400m2 shed – in 2020, the ethics and vision are still the same: provide good old fashioned service, blue ribbon materials, and of course – honest advice. 

Bayside Plasterboard and Gold Coast Plasterboard serve both trade and DIY customers who are on the hunt for high quality materials and world class service. With two showrooms conveniently located at both Capalaba in Brisbane and Carrara on the Gold Coast, access to a wide range of plastering tools and accessories, hand tools, and power tools has never been easier for South East Queensland’s growing building industry. 

If you’re weighing up your options regarding which cornices are best suited to your home, the good news is that Bayside Plasterboard supply a wide range of high-density coving and lightweight cornice boards for all types of interiors, including both standard cove cornices and decorative cornices

Should you find yourself on the hunt for further tips, insights or materials, please get in touch with us at Bayside Plasterboard today to discuss how we can bring your building or construction vision to life.