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Add a Touch of Elegance With a Ceiling Medallion

Once considered a stuffy traditional architectural detail, the ceiling medallion is actually a gem that can transform your room in just a few hours.


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.


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.

About the Author:

With a background in preservation and architecture, Boston-based interior designer Liz Miller combines classic style with a focus on function, providing timeless solutions for her clients. A mother of two, she's always on the lookout for family-friendly solutions that can make your house a home. Visit her at