Pat Tomaskovic offers a little history-
Decorating with ceiling medallions has been traced back to early Middle Eastern times, though details of their use are sketchy. We know the medallions were duplicated in later years throughout Europe. They caught on particularly well in France and Italy. Italian and French motifs today heavily reflect medallions – many times the medallions are the focal point themselves of the entire room.
In history, medallions were made of very heavy materials such as iron, plaster or marble. They were often extremely ornate and detailed. Famous artists spent many months, or sometimes years, hand painting these works of art.
Today’s medallions are more flexible in their usage. There are endless possibilities to design, colors, textures and materials. Medallions can be made of wood, plaster, polyurethane and other material.
and from Architectural Depot –
These decorative trim accents enrich interior spaces, bringing life to dull ceilings. Ceiling medallions add character and definition. They easily transform plain rooms to elaborate spaces. Traditional and common place lighting fixtures progress to unique illuminated facets, adding elegance, as well as depth. By adding these simple elements to your ceiling, you can create a sophisticated and an attractive focal point in any room.
Ceiling medallions, like many architectural and decorative elements come in a variety of styles, sizes and substrates. From simple to ornate, traditional to contemporary, your options are limitless. Popular for good reason, are polyurethane or resin medallions.Unlike traditional materials, urethane and resin wont crack or warp with time, so they retain their beauty for many years.
These ceiling accents are ideal resources for enhancing our everyday rooms as well. Centered over a kitchen island or butcher block with a unique lighting fixture such as a pendant light makes for a warm and prominent statement.
In general, the ceiling medallion should be about the same size as the chandelier, and the chandelier’s size is based on half the width of the dining room table that it will hang over. Arctel, a ceiling medallion supplier, offers these additional tips: The higher the ceiling, the larger the medallion should be in order to maintain proportion. That rule also applies to the chandelier as well. However, even if the medallion’s size is based on the size of the chandelier, it’s OK for the medallion to be slightly larger or smaller than the chandelier. Or, you can multiply the length of the room in feet times the width of the room in feet and divide by seven. This will yield the approximate diameter of the ceiling medallion in inches which looks in perspective on a 9-foot ceiling.
A matter of personal choice.
- Door Number 1: Unfinished, White, Traditional
- Door Number 2: Painted the same color as the ceiling
- Door Number 3: Decorative finish, unlimited options, depending on how ornate you’d like to go
I would have to say most medallions that I find in my client’s homes are a traditional white finish. That is, until they begin to look through photographs of finished medallions that I keep on hand. A before and after photo opens their eyes to the possibilities:
This tells me that many medallions remain white because clients are unaware of their choices. Pat Tomaskovic explains, one of the best features of using a ceiling medallion is the unlimited amount of options for coordinating fixtures, lamps and other decorative pieces to tie a room together. Many designers will decoratively finish them to accent the other colors and textures in the room.
One bit of advice – if you are in the process of buying a medallion, and plan on having it finished, call your Decorative Finisher BEFORE you mount it. Its easier to finish a medallion in a studio than to work off a ladder or scaffold upside down. This will save the finisher time and you money.
Finally, if you are in the market for ceiling medallions, these links can get you started:
Of course, now the eye candy, to lure you into wanting your medallion finished!
And last, but not least, a Purple Medallion that I wish was mine!