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Plaster Cornice

Explore some of the many different styles of plaster cornice designs as we pick a selection of mould patterns from our product brochures and explain the eras, enrichments and features…

Victorian cornice

Now one of the most popular periods for decorative plaster mouldings, Victorian cornice dates from the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Our selection of three mouldings below feature progressively more complex enrichments, but all can be termed Victorian plaster cornice. Mould patterns in our range vary from plain ‘swan neck’ cornice as seen in C30, to those featuring moulded details such as vines, leaves and berries as shown in C38 and C33.

Georgian cornice

Our Georgian cornice dates from approximately 1780 to 1830 and pre-dates the Victorian cornice era. A common hallmark of Georgian cornice is a deeper mid-section, certainly when viewed in profile. Moulds tend to have less ornate enrichments, favouring the use of dentil blocks, lambs tongue, or the egg and dart pattern seen on the bottom of our C7 design.

Edwardian cornice

Edwardian cornice dates from the early twentieth century. Usually plain or un-enriched, there are some similarities in design to the plain Victorian cornice mouldings, like C30 shown above. The typical Edwardian style is for multi-level accentuated deep cuts, as shown in C31 below.

Art Deco cornice

Our selection of Art Deco style cornice originates from the 1920’s and 1930’s. As you can see from the example, C26 is almost a plain cove, with just a small detail towards the bottom of the moulding, and this much simpler profile is typical of Art Deco cornice design.

Regency cornice

The Regency period came at the end of the Georgian era, and our Regency cornice designs can be dated to the early 1800’s. Architects from this period experimented with a wide range of styles, including influences from Greek and Egyptian cultures. The design shown in C47 features smooth grooves and simple curves, making it easy to match to whichever style of interior decoration you choose from this period. More ornate designs, using enrichments such as Acanthus leaves are available.

Decorative plaster cornice

Enriched decorative plaster cornice can take influences from different designs and combine them to create extravagantly ornate mouldings in plaster. Our C12 mould includes repeated leaf patterns which curl at the edges in a beautiful flourish.

Please note: The plaster cornice mould examples shown above are only a select few from the many held in our archives and listed in our product brochures. Please bear in mind there are crossovers between these styles and the chosen profiles are for illustration purposes.

Bespoke and custom designs

Should you see elements but not a complete design that you like, it is possible for us to create bespoke cornice and coving to your specifications, be that in depth, projection or profile. This gives you the luxury of having the perfect fit for your ceiling and a design that includes the reliefs, curves and patterns you prefer.

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Plaster cornice repair

In addition to new mouldings, at Plasterite we specialise in cornice restoration and repairs. Plaster is susceptible to age, vibration and moisture. Damage or a water leak can cause sections of cornice to fall down. If this happens to you, there are solutions that allow us to replicate your existing design, called ‘match to existing’, and repair your cornice without the need for complete redecoration.

How we work

Our cornice is usually made to order, meaning you get a fresh product that is hand crafted for installation at your property. Once you have an idea of your preferred mould design we can quote a price, either for supply only or including installation by our skilled workmen. We can visit customers in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and south London.

Should you need advice in choosing a design to suit your room, or on installation and decoration, please feel free to contact us.