Our demolition started on Friday! First stage is stripping the house of salvageable materials. This stage will take a couple of days, and then they’ll send in the bulldozer (probably on Wednesday).
The old house had decorative cornices – nothing too fancy, and certainly not worth getting upset over. But one thing that I have definitely NOT wanted in the new house is the standard cove cornice.
In fact, our builder includes both Cove and Symphony cornices as standard.
I think cornices are an important architectural element, and I want something that fits in with the style of the house. For me, neither Cove nor Symphony cut it.
After doing a little research online, I’ve come to realise that there are a lot of companies that do different decorative cornices – the choice is astounding! Some companies even offer custom services, such as copying your existing cornice if they don’t have it in their regular range.
But most of these decorative cornices are on the traditional side, which is not the style we are after.
For me, there are two standout options: 4-step and a slimline square style.
The four-step cornice is a variant of the popular trio cornice. It’s quite striking and a nice feature.
On the other hand, the Aria cornice is designed to blend in with the ceiling line.
I have concerns about both.
With the four-step cornice, I worry that it might look too busy, especially in the hallways which has lots of fiddly angles in it.
On the other hand, I worry that the Aria cornice will be a bit too bland.
I’ve seen a house with the 4-step in it, and thought it looked really nice, but I haven’t seen a working example of the aria.
To give some context, in our kitchen/living area and entrance, we will be having bulkheads with shadowline cornices. The purpose of the bulkhead in the living area is to conceal the curtain rails, while the purpose of the bulkhead in entry is to highlight a feature light fitting. In both cases, I don’t want cornicing in the bulkhead as I think it detracts from the overall look.
So, the cornices will be in areas without bulkheads. I have no idea how to resolve this dilemma. Toss a coin?
Edited to add:
Found some more profiles.
A bit more ornate:
More ornate again:
And then there’s…