Looking for a way to give any room in your house instant class, distinction and style? Look up to the ceiling and what do you see? Probably nothing particularly stylish, classy or distinctive. Yet. But that’s only because you have not yet added a ceiling medallion. What is a ceiling medallion? A decorative ceiling attachment, usually but not always round. In many cases, the ceiling medallion is a decorative addition to the ceiling from which a lighting fixture of a ceiling fan hangs. That’s all very well and fine, but it really isn’t necessary. You can add just a highly decorative ceiling medallion as pure design element. Either way, what you get for surprisingly little investment of time and labor is a big payoff in interior design.
The ceiling medallion may also go by the name ceiling rose, but a medallion is a medallion by any other name. A ceiling medallion can be made from a variety of materials: wood, plaster and polyurethane are the most popular. Installation of a ceiling medallion is especially decorative in living rooms and dining rooms, but theoretically you could even install a medallion on the ceiling of a family room or bathroom if you dare. It all depends on where in the house you want to easily add a touch of class.
The first step in installing a ceiling medallion is to find the joists located closest to the planned location of the decorative adornment. Best results are obtained by using an electronic stud finder, but if you’ve got a good ear then you can just rap your knuckles against the ceiling. Use a pencil to mark the position of the joists, making sure to mark the direction in which the joists run.
Grab your ceiling medallion and hold it against the ceiling by placing one palm in the middle of the medallion. Now use that pencil to mark the spots where the joists cross over it. The circumference of the ceiling medallion needs to be marked as well, so trace the pencil around the entirety of the medallion.
Get back down on the floor and grab for your electric drill. The drill is going to come in useful for making holes in the ceiling medallion that will align with the joists. The use of a drill on a ceiling medallion has the potential to crack the entire medallion so go with a slow, steady drill speed to cut down on the potential for this problem. Use a countersink bit to enlarge the entrances to the attachment hole. You need to go with a slow drill speed during this procedure as well. Once the hole is big enough to fit the heads of the attachments, it’s time to withdraw the countersink bit.
Start preparing the adhesive that you are going to use for attachment. Make sure you cover the entire backside of the ceiling medallion. Now lift the medallion carefully up to the ceiling and position it so that the joist holes line up. Use a smooth, steady and even pressure around the medallion to adhere it into place. Once your medallion is attached to the ceiling courtesy of the adhesive, it’s time to screw in the wood screws through the holes in the medallion and on into the joists. Refrain from tightening the screws too firmly to reduce the possibility of cracking your beautiful new ceiling rose.
Finish up the installation of the ceiling medallion by using adhesive to fill the attachment holes. Use filler or adhesive to fill in around the edge of the medallion and smooth over things using a damp cloth or moistened sponge. Allow the filler or adhesive to dry and then sand over the filling holes as well as around the perimeter of the medallion if necessary. You want to give your ceiling medallion a smooth finish that is even all around. This final step may not be necessary, so don’t try to sand over things if you’ve already got an even finish.