Adding a ceiling medallion to any room instantly gives it a glamorous and elegant look without much effort. These decorative features are ornate in fashion and are usually round in shape. They instantly dress up any ceiling and add a feeling of royalty to any room.
Traditionally made out of plaster, ceiling medallions became popular in the 19th century when manymiddle- to upper-class homes began to install them to create a more decorative ceiling. In today’s society, a ceiling medallion can be used in any type of home to give an instant facelift to a room and many even have a nice ceiling fan to go with the light. Today, they are very light and can be added easily with construction glue or similar.
What Are Ceiling Medallions Made Of?
From the bottom looking up, you might be inclined to think ceiling medallions are made of some kind of heavy wood material. However, new designs have changed the ceiling medallion game with these decorative features boasting wood or polyurethane foam. The foam designs are lighter, cheaper, and easier to install. However, no one will know what material the ceiling medallion is from the floor level.
Typically, you will find each ceiling medallion fixture installed between a hanging light fixture and the ceiling, giving it an extra pop. They don’t actually serve much of a functional purpose in the home.
Instead of being handcrafted and ornate, today’s ceiling medallions are mostly produced in factories. With hundreds of designs to choose from, homeowners can find a ceiling medallion that fits their home design pretty easily.
How Do You Choose the Right Ceiling Medallion?
There are some considerations to take into account before installing a ceiling medallion in any room. You simply cannot pick a medallion and install without first thinking of a couple of things.
First, take a good look at the room you want the ceiling medallion to go. The size of the room will determine what kind of ceiling medallion you go with as you will want the medallion to be proportionate to the room size. You can measure the room, get the square footage, and then divide by seven to get an appropriate diameter in inches for your ceiling medallion. Be aware that this will not work for every situation, but it is a good starting point if you aren’t sure how to start!
Next, consider what kind of style you want the ceiling medallion to help enhance or bring to the room. With larger rooms, ornate ceiling medallions with intricate designs would be great matches. For small rooms, more delicate and simple designs would do the trick. Crown moldings are great to use for gauging what kind of ceiling medallion you should install. The patterns in the crown molding can help you determine what kind of medallion you need.
You will also need to take into account the size of your light fixture when deciding what kind of ceiling medallion you need. The light fixture will be the main focal point in the room, which means the medallion must match it. You can choose a ceiling medallion that is either larger or smaller than the light fixture. However, the room size is really the biggest size factor here. Smaller rooms won’t have larger light fixtures typically, which means a larger ceiling medallion is probably not in the cards for the smaller room either.
And lastly, determine the price range you want to stay in. Ceiling medallions can be pricey if they’re actual wood and very intricately designed. However, your budget may not call for a large, ornate ceiling medallion. You can certainly opt for a lighter, less expensive option with the foam medallions that look just like the real deal. But knowing how much you want to spend is key to finding the right ceiling medallion for your space.
Shapes and Sizes
With today’s new interior designs taking old features and turning them into fresh features, ceiling medallions have actually gotten a bit of a facelift over the years. Instead of being the traditional round, ornate fixtures in a room, ceiling medallions can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your specific design needs and wants.
You can find ceiling medallions in a variety of sizes and shapes. The sizes range anywhere from four inches in diameter to 36 inches in diameter. For much grander rooms, you may need to install more than one ceiling medallion.
Beautifully designed circular ceiling medallions will accent any room perfectly. Usually, the designs mimic leaves or flowers, as seen in the above picture. You may find plain and simple circular ceiling medallions that give a modern space the right touch of elegance, too.
Unique describes these square ceiling medallions perfectly. These medallions aren’t typically intricate in style and bring a more modern, crisp look to a space. A rectangular ceiling medallion is great for larger spaces that need something on the ceiling to take up a great deal of space. Having a rectangular ceiling medallion in a smaller room would not look as polished.
These unique ceiling medallions work perfectly with Napoli fans and help finish off the look with the right touch. These ceiling medallions are intricate, sophisticated, and bring a touch of old-world style to any home. Of course, uniquely-shaped ceiling medallions are fit for very specific purposes, so be aware of your design surroundings before purchasing an out-of-the-box ceiling medallion.
Simple, yet classic, scalloped ceiling medallions are perfect for any home looking to add more style and elegance. Its design will enhance any room and bring a level of class to any space. The unique shape is intricate and aesthetically pleasing without being overpowering.
As you can see, choosing the right ceiling medallion for your room isn’t difficult. After uncovering some of the basic design elements of your room, you will be able to identify what kind of ceiling medallion and how man you will need to complete the look.
It is always important to keep in mind the design elements you already have in place around the room such as crown molding and wall color. These factors will determine what kind of ceiling medallion you need and what type will look best in your space.