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To Cove or not to Cove? - Quick Poll Please

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FishfingersAreOK Sun 23-Sep-12 20:27:27

Coving. Oh another thing I had not thought about. Should I get coving for the house? Or not. Is it better with or without. Does it serve a purpose? I it just to hide shoddy plastering joins between wall and ceiling or because it looks better? Does it look naff with? Without?
Just do downstairs. Upstairs as well. Or vice versa?

1930s semi being refurbished. Cannot recollect at all if there was coving in before we ripped everything out. Plasterers coming soon so am guessing it will be something rearing it's head soon....

I DO NOT KNOW! So many things I do not have an opinion on.....and I will be asked for a decision.

Oh please help.

Pannacotta Sun 23-Sep-12 20:31:27

I wouldnt bother.
If its not there now and you are having the walls/ceilings replastered then go without.

ArbitraryUsername Sun 23-Sep-12 20:52:50

We're coving everything in our 1930's semi, despite getting much of it replastered. I think it looks more finished with coving than without.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Sep-12 21:00:59

I like coving. 1930's will be simpler than an older one.

If you want to be really correct, in an older house, the posh reception room and the front hall and landing should have it large and fancy, the kitchen, housekeeper's and maid's rooms need not have any.

OwedToAutumn Sun 23-Sep-12 21:06:48

It's a matter of taste. Don't have it if you don't like it.

FWIW, I like it, and we have simple coving in most rooms.

FishfingersAreOK Sun 23-Sep-12 21:25:41

Bugger....knew I had forgotten something...the bloody maid's room! Bugger. I shall fire the architect grin

Thank you all - and OwedtoAutumn...I think that is the problem...think I am so decision-ed out what little taste I did have has somehow ended up in one of the skips and carted off...

ProudNeathGirl Sun 23-Sep-12 21:31:20

Cove. Always, everywhere. Makes a room look less square.

alcibiades Sun 23-Sep-12 21:44:31

We had plain coving put up in the sitting room (the "posh" room!) and it does add a little bit of charm to the room. We didn't bother with the rest of the house because it would be rather fiddly to do so.

I think it does depend on how good a job your plasterer and then painter/decorator can do. As you say, sometimes coving is put on to disguise joins between the walls and the ceiling, and sometimes ceilings can bow a little after time. If you have very contrasting wall treatment and ceiling colour, that could accentuate a less-than-perfect horizontal join.

But: when we had our coving put up our decorator practically pleaded with us to avoid styrofoam coving like the plague. Apparently, that takes a lot of paint to make it look like plaster, and that option can be used by decorators who are more interested in making the job easier for them. Proper plaster coving is heavier and comes in shorter lengths than styrofoam, so it's more work for the decorator, but it does look better and more authentic.

In the end, it's a style decision rather than a structural one. Plenty of 1830s houses (like ours) didn't have coving, and plenty of 1930s houses did. If you can't make up your mind, then maybe just go with whatever suits your budget.

lalalonglegs Sun 23-Sep-12 21:47:42

Unless it is a Modernist 1930s house, get coving. It will look much nicer. Make sure that it is appropriate to the house and period though.

JollyToddler Sun 23-Sep-12 21:51:33

If you are doing it yourself then don't. It is ridiculously confusing and difficult to get right. If you are paying someone then go for it, but only in public rooms and bedrooms. And not in any room with bits of sloping roof.

PigletJohn Sun 23-Sep-12 22:10:13

I think the (UK) expanded polystyrene (US "Styrofoam") ones are off the market now, possibly due to fire scares.

There are still plastic ones, but they are a smooth matt finish. Plasterers will sneer at anything other than fibrous plaster (which is much heavier and has to be pinned up while the adhesive dries) but you can get readymade internal and external corners which means no need for precise mitring.

MmeLindor Mon 24-Sep-12 00:09:54

Depends on what your decor style is.

We had it put in upstairs.. well, actually we didn't intend it to be done in the bedrooms but by the time we returned from holidays the painter had already put them up.

We won't be having them downstairs as we are going for a contemporary look and the covings look out of place.

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