Ceiling medallions are moldings that are installed in the
center of a ceiling, typically around a light fixture or ceiling fan. In today’s economy everyone is looking for creative ways to design living spaces
using items in a way they ordinarily wouldn’t; such as ceiling medallions. This
trend, as well as the traditional uses of them has seemingly exploded in the interior design of new homes over the last
Ceiling Medallions are a very versatile product. Using them
as a table base with a baluster shaft makes for an adorable side table.
Painting these with bright vibrant colors can bring a dull room alive with a
pop of color coming from an unexpected place.
Medallions may be circular, oval, or square, and are available in lots
of sizes and in all kinds of patterns, from Baroque to contemporary.
In addition to choosing a style, you’ll need to make sure
the medallion is the right size for your space. One rule for estimating your
medallion’s diameter is to divide your room’s area by seven. A 15-by-15 room is
225 square feet, so you’d need a medallion about 32 inches in diameter. This
assumes a nine-foot ceiling, so if your ceiling is lower, scale down a bit.
Choose a medallion that’s either wider or narrower than the
light fixture’s overall diameter—not the same width. And make sure the hole in
the center of the medallion is the right size for your fixture’s canopy.
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