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Architectural Flourish: The Drama of Cornice Trim

Looking to add some architectural interest to your rooms? Consider installing crown moulding or decorative cornice trim. Extending where the walls meet the ceiling, cornice trim provides elegant style reminiscent of palatial estates and stately homes. Cornice trim frames a space with graceful lines, available in simple contemporary living room decor or ornate antique looks. Whether aiming for dramatic or subtle, cornices bring charming visual appeal to any remodel or redecoration.

Defining Cornice Trim

The main types of cornice trim include crown moulding, cove or coffered ceilings, and dentil details. Crown moulding is the most popular, consisting of decorative strips lining where walls and ceilings join. More ornate styles add “stepped” layers, including a wider bottom ledge called the bed moulding.

Coved or coffered ceilings have recessed square or octagonal panels. Dentils are small, repeating rectangular blocks lining cornices. All add gorgeous interest at the tops of the walls and living room decor.

Cornice trim affects a room in various ways when applied in entryways, libraries, dining rooms, and bedrooms. It draws the eye up, making ceilings appear higher, while also creating decorative shadow lines, contrast, and architectural shapes.

Architectural Elegance

Cornice trim is a popular architectural detail that can transform the look and feel of a room. When used in entryways, libraries, dining rooms, and bedrooms, it significantly impacts the overall design. Drawing the eye up creates the illusion of higher ceilings and adds depth and dimension to the space.

Additionally, the decorative shadow lines, contrast, and architectural shapes created by cornice trim add character and personality to any room. Whether you prefer a traditional or modern style, cornice trim is a versatile design element that can enhance the beauty of your home.

Ornate styles convey an elegant, finished look full of traditional charm. Even plain, contemporary mouldings provide framing lines. And ceilings feel more polished with the simple addition of symmetrical cornice details.

Heightening the Drama in Your Bedroom

For bedrooms and other intimate spaces, aim for simple crown moulding to enhance the architecture gently. Layer moldings upon moldings to play up the theatrical flair in formal living and dining rooms.

Try combining crown and bed mouldings with dental or coffered accents. Fluted moulding inserts, rope detailing, and additional trim pieces heighten the ornate appeal. Painting or staining moulding in contrast to the walls makes the details pop.

Material and Styles

Polyurethane foam, polystyrene, and medium-density fiberboard (MDF) offer affordable cornice options in standard lengths. For custom styles, wood shapes provide natural beauty that can be stained, painted, or gilded. Resin and gypsum plaster mouldings offer ornate, Old World looks.

Match the style to your home’s architecture - from Art Deco and Craftsman to Victorian, French Country, and everything in between. Many companies offer dozens of door and window trim profiles that work well as cornices.

Bring new elegance and visual interest to your home with decorative cornices and crown moulding accents. With the right style and strategic placement, the added polish of architectural trim takes rooms from mundane to magnificent.

Contact Cornice Trim today for all your needs. Our seasoned team of design experts will help you create the home of your dreams. Don’t wait. Call us today. We would love to work with you.


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