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30 Beautiful And Refined Ceiling Medallion Ideas
A ceiling medallion is a decorative piece, the purpose of which is to add visual interest and draw attention to a hanging light fixture, a lamp or a chandelier. They were also used to hide soot and dirt around the light, which isn’t necessarily a need today—though hiding an electrical box and wiring still certainly makes sense as a reason now. These ornamental features first started to appear in the early decades of the 19th century, mainly in wealthier Victorian-style homes, in living rooms and dining rooms.
Some medallions were plain, simple round disks while others were highly detailed with elaborate carvings inspired by flowers and leaf motifs or classical Italian and Greek designs. The wealthier the homeowners and the grander the estate, the more luxurious the ceiling medallion designs. As for the materials that were used to make them, most were made from papier-mâché, plaster, plaster of Paris, and wood. If you’re thinking about adding a ceiling medallion in your own home, here are some things to consider when choosing what type would best suit your space.
Consider The Style
Consider the style and architecture of your home, the furniture and decor that you have, and the light fixture that you will be using with the medallion. If you live in a more traditional home that has elaborate chair rails and crown molding, or even historical architectural features, an ornate medallion will complement those elements well and won’t look out of place or clash with everything else going on in the room. And, on the other hand, if you live in a more contemporary house and aren’t going to be hanging a big crystal chandelier, it’s best to use a simpler medallion design.
a beautiful and chic white ceiling medallion with a gold modern chandelier and bulbs on it is a lovely idea for a refined look
a beautiful and stylish living room that stands out with a large ceiling medalltion, a black marble fireplace, a stone slab table and chic furniture
a breathtaking white ceiling medallion with petals and a beautiful and airy crystal chandelier with faux candles for a wow look
a chic and lovely round ceiling medalltion with a modern white pendant lamp that lets you enjoy the look of the medallion at its best
a chic vintage white ceiling medallion with patterns feturing a cluster of modern black and gold pendant lamps looks unusual in contrast with them
a gorgeous white ceiling medallion and a clear crystal chandelier with a modern design that doesn't distract attention from it
a jaw-dropping ceiling medallion plus a simple pendant lamp - if your medallion is very large and refined, keep the lamp simple
a large and bold ceiling medallion with light blue and copper touches, with beautiful shapes and lines and a large crystal chandelier
a lovely neutral Scandinavian space with a large and refined ceiling medallion and a chic black chandelier over the space
a lovely small ceiling medallion is a pretty decoration and a large round crystal lamp on chain that contrasts it a lot
When trying to figure out what size ceiling medallion you need, consider not just the size of the room it’s going in but also the light fixture that it will be used with. In simple terms, the larger the size of the room and height of the ceiling, the larger the light fixture that you need, and therefore, the larger the ceiling medallion can be. Besides the size of the room, make sure to measure your light fixture as well. You want the diameter of the medallion to be about the same size as the diameter of the light. If you’re working with a particularly large room that has an exceptionally tall ceiling, another option is layering two different sized medallions together to create extra drama and add even more dimension, or use multiple medallions with multiple lights. Get inspired by the beautiful ideas we’ve gathered!
a neutral, gold and copper ceiling medallion that is accented with a vintage-inspired chandelier with multiple lampshades and crystals
a refined white ceiling medallion paired with an absolutely jaw-dropping modern chandelier with long white bulbs
a refined white ceiling medallion to accent a stylish mid-century modern gold ray chandelier with bulbs for a stylish modern room