Cornice vs. crown - Clearing Up The Confusion Between Cornice Vs. Crown Moulding Choices

For those who are strangers to toolboxes, tools, building supplies and materials, being faced with the choice between cornices and crown mouldings would, without a shadow of a doubt, leave you confused. And while searching on Google sometimes provides some clarification on specific tools or materials, what happens when you’re looking for one certain thing but unbeknownst to you, it boasts more than one name. Case in point, external cornices and crown mouldings. Well often believed to be the same thing, here’s what makes them difference!

Same Same, But Different

After one Google search, you may be feeling pretty confused. Cornices are crown moulding decorative, but crown mouldings are cornices – none of it makes sense! So, let’s clear up this confusion once and for all. Both are essentially ornamental trim mouldings used to cover the juncture created where the wall ends and roof, balcony or ceiling begins.

Crown mouldings crown the surface of something – like a crown would! In terms of buildings, the decorative edges of exterior crown mouldings flare up, rising higher than the top of the wall. Not only does this add character, but it also draws your eyes upwards. This lifts the space, making the structure feel taller and adding that special finishing touch.

Cornices are essentially a type of crown moulding. They sit on top of the wall and project outwards, with the uppermost edges protruding out at the roofline. This allows the exterior cornice to encapsulate the right angle created by the joining juncture, forming an overhang. This distinguishing decorative feature functions as a way to direct rainwater away from the walls, protecting their surface.

Whichever you choose, adding these to your building will incorporate function and stunning detail. From intricately detailed classical looks to sleek modern minimalism, you’ll have no problem matching them for aesthetically-pleasing combinations!

With Clarity You’ve Made Your Choice. Now Focus On Materials Which Matter

Next, choose your material.  Actually, we’ve suggested an optimal choice for you already – polystyrene. Polystyrene is today’s trending moulding material for some very persuasive reasons, including:

  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Easy to install
  • Moisture, weather, impact and pest resistant
  • Highly durable

On top of that, not only does mouldings in this material allow for various different mounting applications. The list just keeps on going!

Here at HPAM, we can customise crowns and cornices unique to your tastes and expectations. With a seven-year guarantee, and access to the best polystyrene of the highest quality, these exterior decorative mouldings will stand the test of time. For more information on our customisation and extensive product range, contact us at or call us at 07 5568 0036



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