What are decorative cornices, how are they used?
From the earliest times, people have enhanced their homes, houses of worship, and places of government with ornamentation.
The ancient Egyptians were architectural masters as were the Greeks. Their legacies survive in the styles used today in Western architecture.
Correct in proportion and design
In both the cultures, proportion of the entablature and its components was critical to correct use. The Golden Ratio, a mathematical formula, guided, architecture, music, mathematics, and philosophy. “Two quantities are in the golden ratio if their ratio is the same as the ratio of their sum to the larger of the two quantities.” Application of the ratio to one’s design ensured that buildings and rooms would be pleasing in scale and organization. Rooms based on the ratio are often said to be most agreeable and to create sense of “rightness.”
When Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) wrote his treatises on architecture, he mandated proportions based on those of the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, whose ratios guided not only music tonality but design and mathematics.
Wood mouldings for traditional homes
In our modern world, we frequently seek the quickest, least expensive way to do something. In the universe of moulding, this equates to purchasing stock mouldings at big box builder supply stores. Mouldings which lack the right proportions and design to complement your room. As a result, crown mouldings and cornices may be undersized or too large of their placement. The finished room often feels “off.”
At Driwood, we create cornices designed to fit your space. We offer a range of designs in stock or which can be modified to suit the proportions of the room you’re designing.