What is the difference between coving and an ornamental cornice?

Generally, the term coving is used to describe a ceiling moulding that is uniform in profile, projecting across the ceiling usually with an equal drop down the wall. Standard decorative coving is also typically simpler than cornice in design, formed around the traditional quarter-circle profile.

Size and design

There are various sizes to chose from for standard coving profiles, the most common being 127mm (5″). These measurements refer to the imaginary line drawn across the coving diagonal from wall to ceiling (not the height or projection).

Decorative Plaster Coving Depth 85mm Projection 90mm

The size and amount of detail in the coving is entirely down to personal preference, and whilst we produce many classic and conventional coving and cornice styles here at Fullbrooks, we also offer a bespoke service whereby we can work from your ideas (be they on paper or just in your head) to create exactly what you want.

Choosing ornate

Most house builders in the post war period would install the very simple C-shaped coving simply because it was clean, timeless and low cost – all factors which you should consider when choosing a coving or cornice design. Cornice on the other hand tends to be more ornate and is less uniform in dimensions (though it could potentially still have the same projection and drop).

Arts and Craft Decorative Plaster Cornice Depth 127mm Projection 106mm

The shape of cornice can be very intricate and complex, hence the need for Master Craftsmen to make sure the end product is nothing less than perfect, as the more complex the design, the more shabby it will look if the craft and skill isn’t there during its formation.

If you have any further questions regarding decorative coving, cornices or other ornamental plaster mouldings, feel free to contact us at your convenience.