Specialist coving companies sell popular period-style designs and can often match existing coving (and repair and restore it, if necessary).
The modern trend of knocking rooms through may mean that you have coving in one half of the room and not the other, which is where matching an original design becomes invaluable.
To do this, take a piece of coving and hold it in position all the way around the room, drawing a line along the top and the bottom on both the ceiling and the wall.
These surfaces must be dry, clean and stable or the coving won't adhere properly, so remove any flaking paint or loose plaster, etc.
Coving can only be fixed to a sound, dry, clean surface, so remove all traces of distemper, loose plaster, wallpaper or flaking paint from this area.
Some manufacturers make coving cornerpieces, differently shaped to fit internal and external corners.
If you have coving in some rooms, this is the best indication of the style, or your neighbours' homes may have original coving you can copy.
Specialist coving companies sell popular period-style designs and some can match existing coving, and repair and restore it.
The modern trend of knocking two rooms into one can result in there being coving in one half of the new room and not the other, which is where matching an original design in this way becomes invaluable.
Period coving is made of plaster and many companies produce and fit this - it's very heavy though, so be wary of trying to put it up yourself.
The best way to join two pieces of coving together is by cutting an external mitre on the left-hand piece and an internal mitre on the right-hand piece and then slide them together.
Apply it to the top and bottom of the coving using a pointing trowel.
Our guide applies to all types of coving
, but it's important to read the manufacturer's instructions before you start as materials may vary.
A sound, dry, clean surface is needed to fix coving
so remove all traces of distemper, loose plaster, wallpaper or flaking paint from the area of the wall and ceiling to be covered.
Key the area between the guidelines by scoring the plaster with criss-cross lines to give the coving
adhesive a better grip.