Coving & Dado Rails

We can supply and install perimeter edging you choose and finish it to enhance your new colour scheme. Although the purpose of the dado is mainly aesthetic, the dado rail may provide the wall with protection from furniture and other contact. Traditionally, the height of the dado rail is typically 24 inches from the floor or about one-fifth the height of the room. Modern trends have been towards 36 inches based on the assumption that its purpose is to protect the wall from chair backs. The term ‘chair rail’ is also used for this reason.

Coving and cornice are available in a wide variety of styles that can either fit in with your existing decor or help you create something brand new, with profiles ranging from contemporary to more traditional designs.

What’s the difference between coving and cornice?

Most people already know that both are decorative mouldings that cover the joint between wall and ceiling, either to hide any cracks in the plaster or to add architectural interest to what might otherwise be a dull, flat looking room

Coving is the term that is usually applied to a ceiling moulding that is generally uniform in profile, i.e. it projects across the ceiling 10cm and the drop down the wall is also 10cm. Coving also tends to be simpler in design than cornice.

Sizes will of course vary depending on the profile; there are many designs readily available for you to choose from – including Victorian, Edwardian, Georgian, Art Deco and more modern coving styles.

Cornice on the other hand tends to be more ornate and is less uniform in dimensions (though it could potentially still have the same projection and drop). So a piece could be 150mm across the ceiling but only 100mm down the wall (or vice versa). And the shape of cornice can be very complex indeed, with different “ins-and-outs” and a wide range of patterns reflecting the changing architectural fashions.