Decorative Cornice

How To Choose Ornate Cornice Work For Your Restoration Project

What Style Of Cornice Will Suit Your Home

In Queensland and Brisbane, three leading houses styles are restored. Homes built in the Victorian, Federation, and Art Deco eras are in high demand for restoration work to be restored to their former glory. When homeowners first start looking into their restoration project, it soon becomes an overwhelming task to choose all the smaller details. The smaller details are part of what makes these older-style homes so unique and individual. The original builders in Brisbane and Queensland, all had their own design style and would build a cluster of homes all in the same suburban areas and their signature styles were very apparent. Queensland homes really have a mixed flavor of features that each builder would favor. From an oriental inspiration from the house construction and then the interiors would be a mix of this as well as English traditional architecture as well.

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What Are The Different Styles To Choose From?

Colonial /Georgian architecture is usually government buildings up till around 1850 Gothic architecture features are the cities prestigious buildings such as banks, insurance offices, university buildings. Some homes were also built with this style, and the era lasted till 1880.
Simultaneously, during the Gothic period, Victorian era was an influence, and this added features like the decorative iron lacework. Federation/ Edwardian architecture was used from the late 1800s till the 1930s. This style influence became iconic in the homes being built in Queensland, and “The Queenslander” was born. 
The houses were built with a strong Asian influence, constructed from wood, and featured wide veranda’s.
Homes were elevated on stumps or stilts to catch the breeze and avoid floodwaters.
Windows were strategically placed so they could open to allow airflow through the house. After the First world war till the 1950s came the Art Deco era.

What Do Cornices Even Do?

What Style Of Cornice Will Suit Your Home

Cornices look great, but they also have the added benefit of helping diffuse light in the room. Adding a decorative feature, they can minimize shadows for a high ceiling. When a cornice is curved, it bounces light upwards onto the ceiling and helps to minimize shadows.  In Australia – Styrofoam and plaster are the two materials that are used to make decorative plaster pieces. There are hundreds and hundreds of styles and elements to choose from. It is relatively easy to order what you like with different suppliers in Australia.

If your heart is set on a minimalist design, you can look at getting square set ceilings done.

P50 Shadowlines is also another modern type of ceiling join. It gives an illusion of a floating ceiling, and it looks fantastic in a modern room renovation.

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