As our name suggests, at Plasterite we specialise in traditional decorative plaster mouldings, and Victorian coving is a popular product that people often enquire about. Plaster coving is a curved concave moulding, usually plain-looking and without much of the decoration associated with plaster cornice mouldings. The term Victorian coving is sometimes mistakenly used to describe what is actually cornice.
Victorian style coving
If we take Victorian plaster coving and include cornices, there is then a wide range of decorative patterns and designs available that date back to the nineteenth century. Victorian style coving can feature elegant, enriched mouldings such as egg and dart, dentil blocks, leaves, vines and other repeating geometric shapes, either in isolation or combined. Equally, Victorian coving can also be plain in design, with shapes formed by a Swan Neck or Drip line running the length of the profile.
We have a wide selection of decorative coving which can be explored in our Product Brochures.
When choosing your coving design, it is important to consider the size of the room relative to the projection and drop of the moulding profile you prefer. Try to avoid large dimension cornice for small rooms, and if you are adding a ceiling rose it can sometimes affect the combinations recommended to you. Should you be in any doubt please contact us for advice and we can recommend a selection of cornice for a given ceiling rose or vice versa.
If you can’t find coving designs that suit your room or personal taste then it could be worth exploring a bespoke plaster mouldings design with us. We typically work from architects’ drawings, with interior designers’ specifications, or use our vast experience to guide individuals to the most suitable solution.
Which is better, polystyrene or plaster coving
Traditional decorative mouldings are made from plaster, using hands-on craftmanship and skills passed down through the generations. Plaster coving, whilst sometimes being slightly more expensive than modern alternatives such as polystyrene, offers a higher quality product and a greater variety of styles due to its greater integrity and ability to support more complex moulding. We welcome visitors by appointment to our workshop, where you can see decorative mouldings being made and view our coving designs in person.
Traditional Victorian coving would more likely have been called cornice, as explained in more detail on the Plaster Coving Suppliers Kent page.
How to fix plaster coving
Whether you do it yourself or get in a professional, fixing your Victorian coving will require the same method. We recommend a combination of a bonding agent, such as Herculite® Fibrefix, applied to the back of the cast, and drywall screws driven through the timber laths cast into each length of coving during manufacturing. Each plaster cast is 3 metres in length so it can require more than one person to safely put up, and always take precautions when working at height.
When cutting mitres, follow the mantra of measure twice and cut once! And it’s always best to add a 10% contingency to your linear measurements when placing an order to allow for errors and cutting mitres.
For assistance in choosing and ordering your decorative coving please feel free to contact us.