A cornice is an architectural element that serves as a horizontal decorative molding that crowns a building or furniture element. It is typically found at the top of walls, doors, and windows, or along the edge of a roof, where it helps to throw rainwater away from the building’s walls. Cornices can be simple or elaborately decorated with moldings and carvings, and they often serve to cap the edge where the roof meets the outer walls, especially in classical architecture. In interior design, a cornice may refer to a type of molding that creates a visual transition between the wall and the ceiling. The design and detail of a cornice can vary widely, from plain and functional to highly ornate, and can be made from a variety of materials including wood, plaster, metal, or stone. The term is also used in the context of visual arts to describe an overhanging mass of snow or ice on a ridge, or the crest over a mountain face, adding to the term’s versatility. Overall, a cornice plays both a functional and aesthetic role in architecture and design.

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