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Last edited 09 Feb 2017
Cornice coving and architrave definitions
A cornice can be plain or highly decorative.
[above, decorative cornice]
[above, plain cornice or coving]
An architrave is a moulding that sits above a door, window or other opening, where the architrave extends across the top of the side mouldings to the opening. However, in the modern construction industry, the term architrave it is frequently used to refer to any horizontal or vertical mouldings that form the surround to a door, window or other opening.
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