Walls & Ceilings

Radio: Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions are moldings that are installed in the center of a ceiling, typically around a light fixture or ceiling fan.

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Medallions may be circular, oval, or square, and are available in lots of sizes and in all kinds of patterns, from Baroque to contemporary. And because today's medallions are often made of plastic, polyurethane, or wood, they're lighter and less expensive than their plaster or marble forebears.

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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