Plaster coving or plaster cove is a simple concave moulding. It is in the shape of part of an ellipse (Greek origin) or part of a circle (Roman origin).
Plaster coving is usually used to finish the junction of a wall and ceiling at their intersection.
Plaster coving can be fibrous plasterwork, cored out and run in situ, or be a mass produced plasterboard type material available off the shelf at builders merchants and DIY stores. There are also some cheap and nasty imitations available in various inferior materials such as polystyrene. These products are usually aimed at the DIY market for people who have little or no knowledge of the plasterers craft. They may even ask the question, what is plastering?
A plaster cove can also be a component part of a larger more elaborate plaster cornice.
Plaster coving has become in recent years a colloquialism for plaster cornice and is often refereed to, even by professionals as plaster coving and cornice.
In summary a plaster cove is a singular concave moulding. A cornice may include a cove or covings but will also have additional members which may be plain or ornamented.
Size, shape and ornamental detail will each have a bearing on the cost of plaster coving and cornice, as will the geometry of the building into which it is put.
Where curved walls are present it will be necessary to use a curved coving and cornice specialist.
When an existing coving or cornice is damaged during alterations a company will be required that provides a decorative plaster matching service.
At White Chapel Art Plaster our skilled craftsmen offer all of the services described above. We also provide a full range of standard fibrous plaster mouldings.