Decorative cornices add a certain style and grace to Queenslander homes. If you are renovating your property, you might consider taking a look at your existing cornices to see if they need updating. Below is a bit of history on the Queenslander design, as well as some general information on cornice replacement. Some cornice renovations are suited for the avid DIY type, but for the more complicated period reproductions it’s best to contact a professional.
How Queenslander Homes Came About
The Federation architectural style is named for the period after the Federation of Australia was created in 1901. The Queenslander home took that Federation style and altered the design to make it more comfortable for living in the tropics. Trims, such as gabled roofs, stained glass windows and decorative cornices remained.
The Federation style still followed the Victorian fashion for individual rooms, but the Queenslander, out of necessity, had a more open concept design that encouraged airflow. While the cornices were sometimes identical in style, there were fewer of them in a Queenslander. But, decorative cornices in Queenslanders were often larger so they wouldn’t get visually lost in the more open space.
Decorative Cornice Replacement Options
Original Queenslander cornices were made of wood or plaster. If you are happy with the style already in your home, they can be replicated by a skilled craftsman. Choose from a hand-carved wood reproduction or a plaster duplicate created by making a mould of the original cornice. The latter is usually the less expensive of the two options. You can also opt for off the shelf cornices, but you must be careful when choosing the size. If you use too small or too narrow a cornice for a Queenslander, the trim may not do anything for the décor.
Using Decorative Cornices In An Open Concept Living Space
Because of the open concept design of a Queenslander, you might consider a divided ceiling cornice. Instead of the decorative cornice being limited to the perimeter of the room, additional decorative rails or linear trims are placed at designated areas on the ceiling. This is one way of visually dividing the room without impeding the structure’s air flow.
Use the rails to subtly define the dining, living and kitchen areas. Within each space you could install a chandelier, or even a ceiling fan, trimmed with an old fashioned rosette surround. These are round decorative pieces, usually made of wood or plaster that surround the connection point of the fixture. It gives the room a more finished look.
For more information, contact a company like Classic Ceiling Supplies Pty Ltd.