Plaster Cornice Designs

Plaster cornice designs provide excellent finishing touches to a room. Plaster cornices are used to decorate the borders around the ceilings. They also help in concealing the harmless cracks or uneven joints at the ceiling. Plaster cornices appear sophisticated and superior to any other type of finishing. Plaster cornice designs transform the look of an ordinary room into a beautiful and charming place.

Types of Plaster Cornice Designs

There are a number of plaster cornice designs available. Plaster cornices can be either simple coverings with steps or lines made of plaster, or they can have many different artistic works on them. Some of the commonly used plaster cornice designs are flower, leaf, vine, reed, cove, dentil, gothic and so forth. There are numerous plaster cornice designs available, varying from traditional designs to the modern contemporary ones.

Choosing a Plaster Cornice Design

Although there are a wide range of plaster cornice designs available, choosing the one which best suits the room is the most important consideration. A wrong type of design chosen may degrade the look of the room rather than make it appealing. Large rooms look attractive with wider designs, while the smaller rooms with wider cornice designs look overly done. Plain concave strips at the ceiling level add a decent look to smaller rooms. Living rooms look excellent with flower or leaf patterns, geometric designs, Greek key patterns, or other ornamental plaster cornice designs.

Installing Plaster Cornice Designs

Before installing the plaster cornice, it is necessary to remove any previous decoration, such as the wallpaper or paint on the area where the cornice attaches to the ceilings and walls. This can be done by sanding or scraping the area.

Cut a small piece of cornice and use it as a template to mark the projection of cornice down the wall and on the ceiling. Draw thin lines along the wall and install temporary nails a few inches apart. It is also recommended that once you have narrowed down your plaster cornice design choice to purchase a few samples that can be held up in the room to be decorated. This will give you a better idea as to the appropriateness of the design chosen.

Once you have confirmed the style, measure all the ceiling corners accurately and order the plaster cornice material. Once you obtain the material, cut the cornice accordingly by using a mitre box. While cutting the cornice, make sure that the cornice is positioned appropriately at the exact angle of projections with which it will be installed along the ceiling and the wall. Mix the required amount of the cornice cement or adhesive to a creamy consistency. Wet the back edges of the plaster cornice with a wet sponge. Apply sufficient amount of adhesive or cement to the edges. Position the cornice as per the lines already drawn on the walls and press firmly. The temporary nails installed support the cornice until the adhesive sets. Once all the cornices are installed, fill the gaps between cornice and wall or ceiling neatly with cement. Plasterer’s tool can be used to fill in the internal and external corners. Remove the excess adhesive and cement with a wet sponge or brush. Once the adhesive is set, remove temporary nails and fill the holes with cement.