A List of Our Cornice Design Options by Period of History


Before you decide on cornicing for your property, you may wish to consider the design and style options you have available from different periods of history. To assist you in your search, we have provided this list of cornice design options, separated by time period, so that you may examine each at your leisure and make your purchases as necessary.

Read on to learn more about each cornice design found across several hundred years’ worth of history, or click through to our shop right away if you have already decided on the cornices that will bring your property to the zenith of its potential.

Georgian Era Cornice Design Options (1740 ‒ 1837)

Ornamental architecture and interior design pieces in fibrous plaster grew in popularity throughout the Georgian era, and the era itself is argued to be the UK’s greatest in terms of design and architecture as a whole. Mouldings of the era tended towards bold, high quality decorative pieces with a range of ornamented patterns available from the most skilled craftsmen of the period.

The cornice moulding designs that we have available in Georgian era styles include:

Regency Era Cornice Design Options (1795 ‒ 1837)

The Regency period saw a shift in focus in terms of interior design, and a result of this was a tendency to constrict the width of cornices. This was in keeping with the trend towards finer, delicate, and more low relief decoration, as opposed to the previous fashion of heavier, more traditional mouldings.

Despite the simple nature of the overall designs, these plaster cornices were nonetheless elaborately detailed and often reflected political motifs (such as the Prince of Wales’ feathers or the fleur-de-lis) or made use of revived styles (such as Grecian or Roman patterns).

Classic cornice designs from the Regency period that you will find available to order on our website include:

Victorian Era Cornice Design Options (1837 ‒ 1901)

A common feature of Victorian properties is the notably high ceilings, and even more modest dwellings of the period would typically be installed with ceiling roses and simple cornices. Elaborate, ornate features on cornices and corners of ceilings were most often a status symbol amongst the wealthy, with a larger house being able to afford the space required for larger, more embellished pieces that required more attention to detail.

Cornice moulding designs from the Victorian era that we provide include:

Edwardian Era Cornice Design Options (1901 ‒ 1910)

The cornices and other ceiling design features of the Edwardian era were designed with a simplicity in mind that would have been avoided by the wealthy in previous eras. Generally, the designs offered in this period would be considered less “cluttered” or “busy” than that of the Victorian era, with the space around walls, corners, and ceilings left more open in houses, in order to welcome in as much light as possible and to assist in the illusion of space created.

Edwardian style cornices that we have available on our website include:

Art Deco Period Cornice Design Options (c.1908 ‒ 1935)

Originally developed in Paris between 1908 and 1912, the Art Deco plaster cornice was actually introduced at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts in 1925. The objective of the design was to present a modern or contemporary finish, with themes of escapism, fantasy, speed, and glamour, and influences found in Ancient Greek architecture.

The resulting decorative cornicing offered a myriad of striking patterns, including zig-zags, chevrons, and sun rays.

Our Small Art Deco Plain Cove Cornice is the standard option we provide for this period. If you would like to request an Art Deco-style design of your own, please contact us and speak with a member of staff today. We will be glad to provide bespoke mouldings recreated to personal specifications, or to repair pieces which are in need of saving from the ravages of time or neglect.

Modern Cornice Design Options

In the modern day, homeowners are privileged to have the option of selecting cornice designs for their properties from across the aforementioned eras, as well as the ability to choose contemporary designs if they believe this would blend more seamlessly with the aesthetics of their interiors. For many, this may mean deciding on a plain, unpatterned design that simply covers the joint between the corner, wall and ceiling, while others may opt for patterned mouldings that match the design of their wallpaper or other features of the room.

Cornice designs that would be considered modern, contemporary, or up-to-date include:

Traditional Cornice Design Options

We also offer some designs which would be considered plain, traditional cornices that do not offer designs, patterns, or features that are indicative of any given period. These include:

Select Fine Cornice Mouldings in a Modern or Classic Style

If you are in need of exquisite, precisely crafted decorative mouldings for any private house or public property and you require the services of a reliable, specialist firm to ensure they are delivered exactly as you have asked, place your order with Artisan Plastercraft today. With over 25 years of experience and a computer-aided design (CAD) and manufacturing process, we are more than certain that we will be able to accurately create the mouldings which will draw the eye to any room in your home.

Whether you need something simple with hard, defined lines to complement the features of an ultramodern living room, or classic designs with a more intricate and ornate finish to complement an original plaster ceiling, you will be able to find it via our shop and have it created exactly as you need with our professional assistance.


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