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How Do I Choose the Best Ceiling Cornice?

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In order to choose the best ceiling cornice, you should consider the size of cornice that would be best for the room, the material you would like for your cornice to be made from, and which style will suit you best. Ceiling cornices are generally measured by width and come in many sizes. They are made out of several different materials, and the material you choose will affect the look and, possibly, the installation of your cornice. There are a variety of styles of ceiling cornice available, and you will want to make sure you find the right one for the room.

A ceiling cornice is typically measured from top to bottom, and the typical size range is 5 inches (12.7 cm) to 9 inches (22.86 cm). Some cornices, however, may be as large as 20 inches (50.8 cm). To pick the size of your ceiling cornice, think first about the height of your ceilings, as higher ceilings require wider cornices. Another factor that may affect the size of cornice you pick is how much attention you want to direct toward the cornice itself. A larger cornice will look more dramatic and have a bigger effect on the room.

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You can find ceiling cornices made from wood, plaster, or metal. Wood and plaster may have a similar look when completely installed, but plaster can be more difficult and messy during installation. For this reason, many consumers find wood to be a simpler choice. Wood cornices can also be made as hollow pieces, so they may be lighter and, perhaps, easier to handle. Metal ceiling cornices may be made of materials like brass, copper, or chrome, each of which has its own distinctive look.

Cornices are made to match many different styles of decor and can be modern or traditional in their appearance. Some have very simple, clean lines and are perfectly symmetric, while others have embossed or carved designs that can be very intricate. The number of steps or levels on a ceiling cornice will also affect how dramatic it looks and the style it gives to the room. Think about the current style of the room and what style you would like for it to ultimately have to help you pick the best ceiling cornice.

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