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Difference Between Crown Moulding and Cornice?

Cornice vs. crown moulding. What’s the difference? Aren’t they both installed at the top of the ceiling or architectural structure? It may not seem like these two a re all that different, but if you go back in time you will come to a new understanding of cornice. While both elements continue to make their way into architecture and interior design, they ultimately serve different purposes.

What Is Cornice Trim?

Our trip back in time takes us to Ancient Greece, where cornice was often added to the outside of buildings to help direct rainwater away from the building. The cornice jutted out from the building and was usually attached at the top of the columns. Over the years, however, cornice transformed into a more decorative feature that can also be found inside buildings at the top of the wall. Sounds like crown moulding, right? The definition of cornice after all is any connecting horizontal structure that crowns the top of a wall or building. You can also see ornate examples of cornice on the outside of banks, government offices, and department doors.

What Is Crown Moulding?

Crown moulding is strictly an indoor architectural element that “crowns” the top of the room or another structure. This could be your foyer, dining room, even your fireplace. Crown moulding can be simple or ornate; but either way it elevates your interior design by visually closing the gap between the wall and ceiling.

No matter what you decide to go with, cornice or crown moulding, you can be sure to enhance the visual pleasure of your home or building. Moulding is our business at Cornice Trim. We adore the design flexibility that both cornice and crown moulding provides, which is why we carry crown moulding options that range from simple and clean to elegant and decorative. We can even help you match your crown moulding to any design you have in mind!

If you need guidance in finding the best style crown moulding for your home, contact us today at 905.856.9100 or


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