Wow Your Friends With Stylish, Regency Style Plasterwork

Decorative Plaster Options designed To add Personality To A Room

Plaster techniques can add uniqueness to a room or space as the possibilities with available plaster mouldings and techniques are endless. Even modern mouldings come in a variety of styles so it’s easy to choose something that suits the general architecture of a property while at the same time giving it a stamp of individuality.

Some of the decorative plaster techniques available.

Ceiling Roses

Often circular or oval in shape, ceiling roses are usually associated with chandeliers as they traditionally provide their base and were originally used to protect ceilings from gas or candle damage. Along with a decorative option, they can provide a practical solution to covering a wire box of a light fitting.

A multitude of designs are available from a simple circular type to something far more elaborate with intricate carvings and larger circumferences to dominate the ceiling.


The decorative moulding between the ceiling and the wall, the cornice can be of a very simple curved style or a more elaborate affair with all manner of carvings or fluted effects. You could have something in a Greek, Georgian or Edwardian style to name a few and various patterns from a floral or Gothic look are easily achievable.

The possibilities are endless, and various options can be chosen and help sought from specialist decorative plasterers.


The corbel is the upright structural support for an arch, cornice or balcony. Like cornices and ceiling roses, corbels come in a multitude of styles and are a major indicator of certain architectural periods.

You can choose from a myriad of styles ranging from the simple to the highly elaborate depending on your tastes and what may be appropriate for the space. Choose from plain and simple designs and the neo-classical heavily detailed Italian styles and many others.


The moulding that runs partway up an interior wall – sometimes it’s simply a strip, but can be a plaster moulding of either simple or highly elaborate design. A dado is likely to be used in conjunction with other decorative plasterwork such as a corbel or ceiling rose.


Along with decorative plasterwork to add a new dimension to a space is the renovation of existing plaster. Maybe there has been some water damage or simply neglect over many years? If so, it’s often possible to renovate what is already there and preserve its style rather than make wholesale replacements.

It may be possible to buy a section of plaster – maybe cornice or ceiling rose, for example – and fit it to replace a section of plaster irreparably damaged. In some cases the exact decorative plaster type can’t be replaced with an ‘off the shelf’ option so needs a ‘bespoke’ repair, and maybe the repair is too involved without specialist help from decorative plasterers, so may prove beyond the realms of DIY.

Not Just For Older Properties

Decorative plasterwork certainly isn’t just for older properties. While plaster effects from various architectural periods is achievable as discussed earlier, newer properties can be imbued with a contemporary look to give them a degree of personality.

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