The origin of Plaster Coving

The origin of plaster coving


Plaster mouldings have been used for classical architectural design from the ancient Greeks who used it to beautify the interior of their buildings, the Romans, who adopted much of the Greek style and then added their own and up to the present day.

Coving & cornice are perfect for adding interest to the tops of walls, giving them a stylish and elegant finishing touch to really set off a room. It also avoids the décor looking unfinished and as if there is something missing in the detail of the room


5 interesting facts about coving


  1. What does the word “coving” mean? The definition of coving means a concave-shaped moulding, usually in trim inside a house. An example of coving is a concave section of moulding on a ceiling
  2. Cornice or coving?  Cornice is the generic term applied to a moulding designed to conceal the join between the wall and the ceiling. Coving usually refers to a type of Cornice that is uniform in profile.
  3. Typically cornice and coving are made of plaster, paper-covered plaster, polyurethane, expanded polystyrene or timber. Gypsum plaster is a more traditional coving material. So it is often thought to be the most attractive choice
  4. Coving can assist with brightening a room by reflecting light into areas of shadow, and can make small rooms seem larger by drawing the eye upwards.
  5. Coving creates a curve between the top of the wall and the ceiling, and is usually painted white, to create an approximate mirror image of the skirting board at the other end of the wall. Vintage chic is the reason why retro-fitting this type of coving has become so popular, even in modern homes




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