There are many architectural elements, accents, and components that when used together, beautifully compliment a home or building’s architecture. In fact, carved natural stone not only compliments it but elevates it to a whole new level. A cornice is an architectural element that has been around for centuries. Bob Vila explains what a cornice is and what its role in traditional and modern architecture is, “Cornices date from classical Greek architecture and historically have served both functional and decorative purposes. On the functional side, cornices typically are basic horizontal structures designed to funnel rainwater away from a building’s walls and can be as simple as a straight, projecting ledge that caps the top edge of a wall; the term “cornice” actually is derived from the Italian word for ledge. On the decorative side, however, cornices can be elaborate ornamental structures that add dignity and character to a building. Decorative cornices give a visual break to a building and serve as a counterweight between the lower and thicker sections of a wall and the narrower rooftop edge. Cornices often are enhanced with crown moulding and styles can range from modest dentil mouldings to more complex carved scallops, scrolls, or spirals…Cornices can add value and help protect a building from the debilitating effects of rainwater, snow, and ice. A variety of both basic and embellished designs are available to suit myriad architectural styles and budgets. And the one thing all cornices have in common is that they draw the eye and finish a structure in an aesthetically pleasing fashion—a trait that fans of both new and old construction can appreciate.”
While cornices are, traditionally speaking, ornate and decorative, there are modern interpretations today that incorporate into almost any home’s architectural design. Natural stone cornices can be designed in a variety of stones including marble, Cantera, limestone, and travertine. Further, each of these stone types is available a way array of colors and patterns that are truly unique and beautiful. Cornices are a beautiful blend of form and function. While they do provide protection to a structure’s walls, they also add visual appear, texture, and dimension that cannot be achieved so seamlessly and elegantly with other materials. While others may have a limited lifespan or will begin to show aging and weathering over time, natural stone is exceptionally durable and becomes it comes from the outdoors, it can withstand any weather elements and still look beautiful.