We hope that, as you travel around our site, you’ll be excited by the creative possibilities that our products offer you.
There are some techniques though, not immediately obvious, that can push your creative boundaries even further…
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Extending Your Cornice Feature With Combinations
A cornice can be extended down your wall and/or across your ceiling by adding railing. The railing can butt up to the cornice or, more usually, be spaced away from the cornice. You then paint the cornice, railing and space in-between the same colour. This visually combines all elements into one feature.
This technique allows you to create your own, unique feature. It can also cost out significantly cheaper than buying a single, large moulding.
We have selected a few combinations that work well together in our Cornice Combinations section. Remember, we are happy to supply samples (within reason) for you to play with, too.
It is also possible to join two cornices together to create a single, dramatic cornice. Below is an example where our Premier Cornice 11 has been doubled up in this way.
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Using A Cornice As Pelmet
Sometimes, when you want cornice to run over a window, there simply is not enough space to house it. This can be overcome by simply building your cornice out into a pelmet.
On our Pelmet Cornice page you will find some cornices that lend themselves more easily to this process, as they have extended areas that allow for easier installation onto just the ceiling. You can, however, achieve the same result with any of our high grade polymer cornices, although you might need to reinforce the installation with a bracket or two.
Playing With Lighting Cornice
Using light creatively can truly transform a room. We have ranges, from traditional lighting troughs, to highly contemporary LED uplighter, downlighters and side lighters, and even some options for use with spotlights. Check out Indirect Uplighting Cornice, LED Lighting Cornice and Downlight Cornice ranges.
Extending Your Skirting Feature With Combinations
Combining railing with skirting creates a dramatic, dominant feature. Products can butt up next to each other or, more usually, be spaced. You then paint the railing, skirting, and space between, them the same colour. This visually combines all elements into one, gorgeous feature. We have selected a few combinations that work well together in our Skirting Combinations section, but please do feel free to create your own unique feature. Remember that we are happy to supply samples (within reason) for you to play with, too.
Using Paint & Stain Effects
Antiquing and marbling effects can add drama to a feature. Wood effects, for a traditional feel, can be achieved too. A good decorator should be able to help if these are the looks you are trying to achieve, but basically:
a. Antiquing: Apply a base coat according to the antique finishing manufacturers instructions. When dry, apply a glazing liquid with a pure bristle brush until the desired effect is achieved. Cheesecloth and fine steel wool can also achieve different effects.
b. Wood stain: Apply a base coat of beige paint. When dry apply woodstain with a pure bristle brush until the desired effect is achieved. When dry apply a satin or gloss finish.
Creating Shapes On Walls & Ceilings
You can break up the straight line of dado rail by simply adding one of our pre moulded corner pieces.
For even more drama, why not create shapes on walls or ceilings using railing. You can mitre yourself, or use pre-made corners. The beauty of this technique is that you can tailor the size of your shapes to meet the exact requirements of your room, whatever it’s size. You can also carry shapes up the stairs by following the angle of your stairs.