Coving is the plain mould running along the edge where wall meets ceiling. Coving serves both an aesthetic and practical function. Cracks can often appear at the join between walls and ceilings, so the coving can help cover these up and keep your home looking nicer. Aside from just covering up cracks, they also add a decorative element and can add style and elegance to a room. If you are looking to install, repair or replace coving in your Southampton home, our experienced plasterers are here to help.
Without coving a room can easily feel unfinished and bare. Coving adds elegance and style to the tops of your walls and helps to finish off a room’s look and feel.
Coving is one of the best and easiest ways to improve the visual appeal of a room. Coving is used in some of the world’s finest interiors, and without it many rooms would look boring and uninteresting. Given the importance that visual appeal has for house value, coving is a great way to increase the value of your property.
When most people think of coving and cornices, they think of more traditional styles and may even believe that coving doesn’t have a place in contemporary homes, but this is not true. Coving comes in a wide range of designs and styles, so no matter whether you are going for a traditional or contemporary look, there will be coving suitable for you.
Coving is a specific type of cornice. Cornice is a general term used to define a moulding which covers the join between a wall and a ceiling. Coving is a type of cornice that is usually uniform, or unchanging, in shape.
The two main types of coving are plaster and polystyrene, and more recently hardened polyurethane has become more widespread. Plaster is what was always traditionally used for coving, and was always regarded as the best quality coving available. Nowadays high-density polystyrene coving presents a cheaper, lighter alternative to plaster. Hardened polyurethane is fast becoming a great alternative to plaster coving with many advantages over the more traditional material.
As usual, this depends on your needs and budget. Polystyrene is the cheapest of the three, so is perfect for budget projects. The finish can sometimes look cheaper than its more expensive counterparts. Plaster produces a high-end look and feel, and allows for beautiful, ornate patterns. For traditional buildings, this is probably the best choice. The issue with plaster is that it is heavy and brittle, so installation requires multiple skilled professionals, which makes it more expensive. Hardened polyurethane is the newest of the three and is beginning to overtake plaster as the high-end choice for coving. It looks the same as plaster coving, but is lightweight, affordable, and much easier to fit. Our expert plasterers are happy to advise you on the best material to use for your coving, so get in touch today for your free consultation.
Coving covers the join between wall and ceiling, an area susceptible to cracks and flaking. It also helps to tie a room together, and without it rooms can feel unfinished and uninspired.
Yes coving can be painted. Typically coving is white, but feel free to experiment with other colours if you feel so inclined. When painting both walls and coving, the coving should usually be painted first. Also, the type of coving used will typically impact the painting. Polystyrene, for example, is highly absorbent. This means that to get a nice finish, several coatings of paint are required.
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