A ceiling medallion is an easy way to spruce up the lighting fixtures throughout your home. By adding one of these simple additions to the base of any ceiling lighting fixture, you can add an air of elegance and class to the living areas in your home.
Ceiling Medallion Basics
A ceiling medallion is simply a decorative, usually circular, ceiling addition that you apply to the base of your fixtures. Think of elegant homes, and how there's rarely any small, brass, dome light fixtures that fit directly into the drywall. Instead, light fixtures are surrounded by a decorative garnish, anywhere from a few inches to several feet that add an extra aesthetic appeal to an area. Usually decorative medallions are graced with flowing curves, floral patterns, and other traditional decorative patterns.
Ceiling Medallion Design and Materials
A medallion can be made from any of a number of products. Traditionally, they were cast in plaster, which translated into beautiful results but also heavy, fragile fixtures that modern homeowners no longer abide. Newer decorative ceiling medallions are usually made of a polymer plastic that is lightweight, durable, and very easy to install. Almost all medallions are painted, or appear so. That said, if your budget allows, there are specialty manufacturers that make metal medallions of stunning brass, copper, and stainless steel, for higher end decorating solutions.
Choosing your medallion is mostly a matter of personal preference and current home design. You want to choose a medallion that matches your personality and your home. Before you decide to purchase, however, there are a few steps you ought to take to make sure you're making the right choice.
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