A ceiling medallion is a fantastic accent for the most diverse ceiling lighting types, from ceiling fans to chandeliers. At its base, a ceiling medallion is an ornament that illuminates and enhances the surrounding areas around the awning, where the wiring of a chandelier or other light fixture enters the ceiling junction box.
These medallions are available in different finishes and sizes and can also be painted to match the current room decor. Choose a medallion size that perfectly fits the lighting and the room’s style and size in which it is placed.
When choosing a ceiling medallion, take into account the following 5 points:
1. Size of the ceiling and the room
Calculate the size of the space to decide which size of the medallion would be best. Using a tape measure, measure both the width and length of the space, then multiply both figures and divide by 7 to estimate the medallion size in inches. Also, take into account the height of the ceiling. Higher focal lengths and ceilings can be improved with larger medallions that would otherwise overwhelm a small room.
2. Style and size of the ceiling fan
Choose a medallion that ideally fits the size and complements the style of the ceiling fan. Medallions should be larger or smaller than the fixture – not the foundation but the fixture itself. By adjusting the size of the medallion to match the size of the fixture, the size of the room is visually compressed. Because ceiling fans have a larger radius, you should choose a medallion with a smaller diameter than the fan.
3. Painting or not painting?
You can paint your jewelry using a nice glossy paint or you can just go for an accent color. A majority of the ceiling medallions are primed and ready to paint. The final answer will of course depend on your preferences and the current furnishing of your room. It’s always a good idea to get some inspiration first and then make a final decision, so make sure you look up ideas on the internet.
4. Unclear about the position? Center It
If you like the idea of owning a medallion, but are not sure where to put it, go for the center position. Symmetry is aesthetically appealing, and accentuating the center position can help tie the room together, especially when it comes to larger spaces.
To determine the center of a rectangular room, calculate the length of one of the shorter walls. Determine the center of the wall and mark it. Do the same for the adjacent wall. Now use a laser lead or chalk to draw a line between the two points. Continue the process using the focal points of the longer walls. The point where the two lines meet is the center of the room.
5. Consider the ceiling housings
If you think about the location of a visual function on the floor, it can be easy to overlook the characteristics of the ceiling. This affects how you actually perceive the floor. Swag lamps, ceiling fans and chandeliers tend to pull the eye up and down from their place. You can place the ceiling medallion in the heart of a room, but if your chandelier is not perfectly centered either, this variation will give the impression of a misplaced medallion. To correct this problem, try to align the medallion with the focal point of the fixture, using a plumb line for accuracy.
On the other hand, if you decide not to place the medallion in the center, make sure that it looks at least intentional. A ceiling medallion that is only partially removed from the visual center of a room will look strange and seem like a mistake. However, if it is quite clear that it was never intended to be placed in the heart of the room, the asymmetry will not be so distracting. The secret is to create visual harmony, which means that the parts must fit into the whole room in a way that each element seems to be in the right place.