A ceiling medallions is a circular, oval or square decorative panel, often made of polyurethane that can be affixed to the ceiling above the outlet lighting fixtures or ceiling fans. The fixture then appears to hang from the medal center. The ceiling medallion is usually installed in the center of the ceiling. They add dimensions and design to areas that are usually boring and often overlooked. As well as their decorative promises, they can also hide the unsightly conditions of plaster or drywall that can be difficult and costly to repair.
Decorations with ceiling medallions have been traced back to the early Middle East period, although the details of its use are unclear. We know the medals were duplicated in recent years across Europe. They are very popular in France and Italy. The Italian and French motifs today strongly reflect the medal – many times the medal is its own focal point of the entire room.
Ceiling medallions range in size from six inches to an area of 74 inches and larger in diameter. When decorating a small space, like a hallway, a smaller diameter medallion should be enough without too much lighting. Larger spaces can accommodate larger styles. This is just a suggestion, not a rule. You can have as big or small as you want.