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Styles of coving changed over the years, so try to match any coving you buy to the period of your home.
Specialist coving companies sell popular period-style designs and some can even match your home's existing coving (as well as repair and restore it).
Some manufacturers provide paper templates with the coving to help you cut in joins and go around corners but using a mitre block/box is far easier and will help you gain better results.
Smaller rooms tend to look best with narrower coving, so choose appropriately.
Where coving pieces meet in a corner, the ends will need to be cut to a specific angle; use mitre blocks or templates so that they form a neat join.
Press the coving firmly into place for ten to 15 seconds -this should be enough to make it hold fast -and use a wet sponge to wipe away any splashes of adhesive.
Fitting traditional-style coving will instantly restore period character.
Styles of coving changed throughout history, just as styles of architecture did generally, so make sure any coving you buy matches the period of your home.
It''s a really good idea to buy coving that has matching pre-cut corners because cutting the corners yourself is a nightmare.
You can also get lightweight coving made from a paper-wrapped material.
Many old properties have had their original mouldings stripped out and fitting traditional style ceiling coving will instantly restore period character.
Coving can, of course, be used in modern houses and flats to add interest to a room, but it tends to be a plain concave design.