Historically made from plaster, ceiling medallions can also come in wood, metal or affordable and readily available molded polyurethane. Polyurethane is lighter than plaster so those version are much easier to install, and they take paint well.
Here are a few ideas to get you started. Then check out some installation videos, and you’ll be on your way. The best news: Many ceiling medallions can be purchased online for less than $100.
The curves of the white ceiling medallion reappear in the chandelier, but in a simplified manner. Then, in contrast to the curves and swirls, the straight lines of the black door mullions and black rectangular table draw attention to the shift in shape. The ornate ceiling medallion is the key to this mix.
Another consideration when purchasing a ceiling medallion is logistics. Most medallions come as either one piece or two (cut down the middle). One piece lets you avoid having to adhere the two halves together over your head. Two pieces work well when it’s a very large medallion or when removing the current lighting fixture is not a viable option.
Once the medallion is installed with the proper adhesive, you’ll need to paint it to match your ceiling (or not, depending on your taste). The center of the medallion is usually cut open to accommodate the light fixture’s ceiling canopy. When purchasing a medallion, make sure the opening fits the canopy on your light.
Whether a ceiling medallion already exists in your house, you add one to your existing house or you plan for it in your new home, it will be an eye-catching detail that can be adapted to fit your style.
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