Believe it or not, cornices can rate high in the style stakes

SQUARE SET CORNICE: Works well with the modern farmhouse style, which is known for its warmth and simplicity, characterised by natural textures and materials.
SQUARE SET CORNICE: Works well with the modern farmhouse style, which is known for its warmth and simplicity, characterised by natural textures and materials.

From classic to contemporary homes, unique design elements are a must, and believe it or not, one way to add interest and style to your interior is with cornices.

According to interior designer Greg Natale, cornices are often overlooked when homeowners are planning and designing their rooms, but the right one can quickly transform any living space and complete the look of a room.

"There are no hard and fast design rules to follow when choosing a suitable cornice," he says. "A cornice with clean geometric lines offsets a contemporary room, while a cornice with formal curves looks right at home among period or art deco-inspired interiors."

There's a new focus on cornices, especially given the myriad of functional and aesthetic benefits they offer. Visually they instantly draw the eye upwards and appear to lift the ceiling making rooms appear bigger.

To extend an interior style throughout a room, cornices are often painted to match skirting boards, which results in a seamless design flow.

However for those wanting to add interest through colour, painting the cornices in a contrasting colour to the walls can have a bold dramatic effect.

Helping set the tone is Gyprock's cornice collection, which complements a range of design styles.

For example, a modern farmhouse look combines the sleek clean lines of contemporary design with the cosy farmhouse aesthetic, creating a uniquely fresh take on country-inspired style. The Presto cornice shape follows suit, adapting the modern simplicity of a square set.

Hamptons-style embodies coastal styling and relaxed living, and as such the parallel lines of the floorboards and wall panelling harmonise wonderfully with Gyprock's Trio cornice.

CLEAN: Comprised of three solid steps, the Trio cornice delivers a striking presence alongside Hamptons architecture. Photo: Supplied

CLEAN: Comprised of three solid steps, the Trio cornice delivers a striking presence alongside Hamptons architecture. Photo: Supplied

Bright and playful textures combine perfectly with timber elements to create a youthful ambience that helps bring children's bedrooms and play areas to life. The trend of creating bedrooms as eclectic and individual as the kid who occupies them is growing in popularity, and there's no better way to realise this than with colour, pattern and texture. Gyprock's Alto cornice has a strong shadow line, which makes painting them a breeze.

The sophisticated design palette of dark wool carpets, brass and timber elements set the tone for a luxe room. The Concerto cornice is therefore the perfect choice, its subtle curves offset by a rigid line to give a formal look and feel.

Scandinavian interior design is all about sleek minimalism, emphasising clean lines and simple furnishings where form follows function. The clean surface and subtle lines of Gyprock's Tempo cornice aid the sense of purposeful beauty integral to Scandi design.

No doubt about it, there's never been a better time to look up!