So often cornices and decorative mouldings are treated as an afterthought, or ignored completely. Yet with careful selection they can make a room come alive, and will add style and elegance to any room if they are included as part of the design and decor.
There are a number of different types of cornices available, namely plaster products, polystyrene products, and the top of the range products which are the polyurethane products.
Types of Cornices
Polystyrene Cornice: Cheaper & light, has the normal polystyrene bubble surface finish, can be painted with water based paint.
Plaster Cornice: Heavy & expensive, needs precautions to avoid messy hand marks when being erected, often left unpainted, or painted with water or oil based paint.
Paper Cornice: Medium weight & fairly robust, needs to be painted with water or oil based paint.
Polyurethane Cornice: Light & robust, can be painted with water or oil based paint, available ready coloured and patterned (such as wood effect).
Timber Cornice: Best not to leave untreated as it can discolour unevenly, can be varnished or painted, light & flexible and easy to use.
Budget, maintenance, longevity and installation are also crucial factors to consider when planning and selecting which product to use.