Coving is the name given to moulding that is used in many homes for a variety of reasons, some of which may be:
- To add character and decoration to a room
- To cover cracks on the join between walls and ceilings
- To hide other imperfections
In general, most homeowners choose coving because it adds a decorative feature that can really bring a room to life in a unique way. However, you need to be careful with the coving style that you choose. Depending on the interior of your home, choosing the wrong style could mean that the coving looks out of place and doesn’t match your existing décor.
Here are some of our top tips on how to choose coving that is right for your home:
1. Do your research
Talk to your neighbours. If they have coving, find out what style they chose and was it a good decision. There is a good chance that the interiors of homes in the same neighbourhood as you will be very similar, so it will be a good benchmark for you.
2. Identify your goals
Do you want your coving to stand out? Or do you want it to blend in in an understated way? There are many sleek, modern styles that will fit seamlessly and add to your interior in a modest way, such as our Linea Style Range which is lightweight with a smooth and crisp finish that gives it a sleek contemporary vibe. If you want something to stand out on the other hand, there are many ornate, decorative options that you can choose between, such as the ones from our premium Classical Range.
3. Consider your interior
The type of interior you have is probably the most important consideration when looking at coving options. For example, is your home from the 19th or 20th Century? High-ceilinged Victorian rooms will suit decorative coving such as the Egg & Dart style (which was originally found in Ancient Greek architecture and was used by the Romans), while more modern interiors are perfect for classic C Shape or sleek S Shape covings.
Once you have decided the style, next you need to take measurements! Here are some general rules that you might consider:
- 200mm coving (8 inch) is used when the ceilings are 4.3 metres (14 foot) or higher
- 90mm – 120mm (3.5 – 5 inch) when the ceilings are above 2.75 metres (nine foot)
- 50mm – 70mm (2 – 2.75 inch) coving for ceilings lower than 2.75 metres.
- Smaller coving is also suitable for rooms with tall units like cabinets in kitchens or bathrooms
5. Additional Features – Ceiling Roses
Once your coving has been selected and is in place, you might want to add a ceiling rose to really compliment your decorative mouldings. Make sure that the ceiling rose you choose matches the period of your home. For a large room with high ceilings, a large decorative rose will really add a wow factor. For smaller rooms with plain coving, a smaller and simpler ceiling rose will add to the interior nicely. Also, don’t forget to take into account the type of light fitting that you are intending to use!
Still struggling to decide? Why not browse our range online or get in touch for some expert advice? At Coving Direct, we stock a large range of both modern and classical coving styles, made from a combination of high density polystyrene and polyurethane covings. We deliver throughout the UK and there is free shipping on orders over £100.