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How to Choose the Right Ceiling Medallion for Your Home

Authentic Addition's ceiling medallion installed with light fixture

Ceiling medallions, also known as ceiling roses, are exquisite decorative elements that can add a touch of elegance and charm to any room. These ornate circular adornments are not just about aesthetics; they also serve a functional purpose by concealing wiring and ceiling imperfections. However, choosing the right ceiling medallion requires careful consideration to ensure it complements your space rather than overwhelming it.  Let’s explore the key factors to consider when selecting the perfect ceiling medallion for your home.  

1. Balance Ornateness with Interior Style 

One of the first things to consider is the level of ornateness in your ceiling medallion. Our ceiling roses come in various designs, from intricate and elaborate to simple and understated. To create a harmonious look in your room, it’s essential to strike the right balance between the medallion’s design and your interior decor.  

For Plain Interiors: If your room has a minimalist or plain interior design, you can opt for a more ornate ceiling medallion to introduce a touch of luxury and visual interest.  

For Ornate Interiors: Conversely, if your room already features ornate furnishings and decor, it’s advisable to choose a less intricate medallion design to avoid overwhelming the space.  

2. Match the Medallion to Your Lighting Fixture 

Ceiling medallion with light fixture installed

The size of your ceiling medallion should harmonize with the size of your lighting fixture. A mismatch in sizes can disrupt the visual flow of the room. Here are some guidelines to help you achieve the perfect pairing:  

Small Roses (400mm – 500mm): These are ideal for smaller enclosed spaces with standard height ceilings. They work well with compact light fixtures and chandeliers.  

Mid-Range Roses (500mm – 700mm): These are suitable for a wide range of properties with standard height ceilings. They complement medium-sized light fixtures effectively.  

Large Roses (750mm – 1000mm): Reserved for large, open spaces or rooms with high ceilings, large ceiling medallions are designed to make a bold statement. Pair them with substantial light fixtures to maintain proportion.  

3. Consider the Medallion’s Depth 

Ceiling medallions come in varying depths. Some sit close to the ceiling, while others extend further downward. When choosing a medallion, ensure that it provides enough clearance for your light fixture. This is particularly important if your light fixture hangs down significantly.  

Thin Depth Medallions: These medallions fit close to the ceiling and work well in rooms with lower ceilings or when clearance is limited. 

Protruding Depth Medallions: Medallions that extend further from the ceiling are visually striking and can enhance the grandeur of a room. However, they require ample ceiling height to accommodate both the medallion and the light fixture.  

4. Special Considerations for Fan Fittings 

If you’re installing a ceiling fan, there are specific medallions that work best due to their larger, plain centers. Consider the following options:  

Recommended for Fan Fittings: Ceiling roses with large, plain centers such as our Large Marlborough Ceiling Rose (CR102), Egg & Dart Ceiling Rose (CR107) and Victorian Ceiling Rose (CR120) are ideal for ceiling fan installations.  

Dependent on Fan Diameter: While the above options are great for most ceiling fans, you can also consider other medallions like the Honeysuckle Ceiling Rose (CR 109) or Floral Cluster Ceiling Rose (CR116), depending on the diameter of your fan fitting.  

5. Mix and Match or Go Uniform 

Finally, don’t hesitate to mix and match different ceiling medallion designs in different rooms, especially if there are doors to close them off. However, in large open spaces, it’s often best to select the same medallion design throughout to create a cohesive and flowing aesthetic.  

In conclusion, choosing the right ceiling medallion involves considering factors like room size, ceiling height, light fixture size, and your interior decor style. By striking the right balance and making informed choices, you can enhance the beauty of your space and make a lasting impression with the perfect ceiling medallion. Also, check out The 3 Most Popular Ceiling Roses from Authentic Additions for some inspiration.