A cornice is a horizontal decorative ornamental moulding that moves all around the wall of a room just below the ceiling.
During the construction of our home I unintentionally ignored to give instructions on the cornice design because up to this point I thought I had made my preferences clear to the contractor, clean, straight lines, little or no drama.
So imagine the horror when this particular site visit I walk into what would be the master bedroom and find the lads curving out leafy, circular motifs in the corners of the cornice!
I believe the first words that came out of my mouth were…hell no! The contractor and the builders tried to convince me to retain the nearly finished design (truth be told, it had been executed with great perfection of line work) but I couldn’t deal with the fact that after a long hard day’s work, I would have to gaze at this very elaborate design as I tried to relax on my bed. It had to be un-done!
Cornices are not only found in the interior of a building but also on the exterior, on top of the building where it sticks out just before the roof line becoming the crown of the building.
They may also be applied over the ring beam as a means of camouflage or on a door or window.
Cornices were often used in classical and neoclassical architecture and were presented in a variety of intricate designs. The more intricate, the grander the look!
Cornices are made from a range of materials ie. plaster, timber, cement and polymer based products (polystyrene).
So, why use cornices?
Depending on how elaborate one prefers, they are used as a décor feature. They are very good visual stimulants.
Even more so when they are painted in a different colour pallet from the walls and ceiling consequently making their effect more grasping.
Cornices add a gentle touch to the very square, harsh concrete walls creating a warmer and homely look.