Terms of the Trade: What Is a Cornice? Terms of the Trade: What Is a Cornice?

A cornice is generally referred to as a large molding at the junction between an inside wall and a ceiling. In Italian, the word means "ledge," which speaks to the architectural element's placement and shape. A cornice can also include a molding at the top of an exterior wall designed to project and throw rain or other wet weather clear of the wall.

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