Installing a Decorative Ceiling Medallion

A ceiling medallion is a plaster like ornamental round ceiling accent, sometimes used as a trim collar for ceiling fans or hanging lights. It can also be used in a sequence to create interesting ceiling and wall designs. These types of decorations can be elemental to making a drab ceiling look stylish. Another purpose for these simple decorative pieces is to hide any imperfections that may exist in the ceiling. One other positive to installing decorative ceiling medallions is that they are very affordable, and make a huge difference. Finally, installing a ceiling medallion is one of the easiest do-it-yourself (DIY) things you can do to change the look of a room.

A ceiling medallion is definitely an option to install when you need to make drab ceiling look stylish, a blemished ceiling look faultless, or just to add that extra something to a chandelier. In order for installation of these attractive and unique pieces to go smoothly, you will need step by step instructions for installation. But before you actually get to install the decorative ceiling medallion, you have a few decisions to make. ceiling medallions

First you have to choose the type of ceiling medallion. There are several things to take into consideration when choosing the ceiling medallion you plan to install. You must take your ceiling into account. Always make sure the medallion you choose will fit with your ceiling. This means considering ceiling texture, style, and height when you choose a style of medallion. Another thing to consider if you are planning to trim out a fixture such as a light or ceiling fan with the medallion is how comfortable you are with removing that fixture. If you are not comfortable at all with removing the fixture you plan to trim, you might look in to installing a two-piece ceiling medallion, so you don’t have to remove your fixtures. If you decide to use a one-piece medallion, you will definitely need to remove your fixture.

Another thing you want to make sure you do before the installation of your ceiling medallion is to plan your entire installation from start to finish. There is nothing more frustrating than having to stop in the middle of this procedure of changing a fixture and installing a ceiling fan medallion or a ceiling light medallion to go get a tool you needed, but did not set aside. The first step to planning your installation we have already discussed: choosing your medallion. Note whether the medallions hole matches the fixtures trim. If not, you will also need to purchase a ceiling medallion center or a new fixture trim ring. Now is also a great time to check to see if the fixture hardware will be long enough. Remember to check the building code to make sure that there are no conflicts with your installation plans. The majority of building codes require you to leave access to the electrical box. Using a medallion with a 3.5-4 inch center hole provides this aspect. Permanently mount the ceiling medallion to the ceiling and use either the fixture's trim ring or a removable ceiling medallion center in order to cover the electrical box. Also, always make sure that the existing electrical, plumbing, and framing will not interfere with your installation.

After you have successfully planned your installation, if you have not done so, you will need to order your materials. When you order a ceiling medallion, remember to order the medallion center, if you are using one. You will also need to purchase construction adhesive, caulk, fasteners and extra length light fixture hardware. Ordering your hardware with your ceiling medallion can save you a trip to the store.

Once you receive your supplies and medallion, you should assemble all your materials in the area you will be using them. This will make your trips to the toolbox shorter and less frequent. Always double check your equipment to make sure you have got it all before you start. Now is the time to prefinish the ceiling medallion if you are planning to do anything more than just painting it flat white. Once you have done this, it is time to remove the existing fixture. DON’T FORGET TO TURN OFF THE POWER!! Turn off the electrical power at the breaker box and mark the circuit breaker so someone doesn't accidentally turn it on while you are working. Now you can safely remove the existing electrical fixture.

Next, layout must be determined. It is recommended to have the product on hand to ensure exact measurements. Lay out the area on the ceiling where you wish to mount your ceiling medallion. For a smaller sized ceiling medallion, you should be able to hold it up with one hand while tracing around it with a pencil. If you have a large ceiling medallion you may require the help of an assistant. If you need to adjust a round ceiling medallion use a single register mark at the junction of the ceiling/medallion. Mark both of the pieces.

For the installation of diamond shaped and oval ceiling medallions, begin by drawing centerlines parallel to the walls and 90 degrees apart on the ceiling. The next step is to make register marks 90 degrees apart on the boundary of the ceiling medallion. After this find and mark ceiling joists on the ceiling and on the medallion if you are using screws to mount it (required on all plaster ceiling medallions and also on polyurethane ceiling medallions over 20 inches). Mark and/or protect wiring and plumbing if necessary to avoid fasteners piercing them during the installation.

The next step to the installation of the ceiling medallion is to drill the screw holes for mounting the screws. Additionally, drill the center hole or medallions center hole if needed. If you do not have a hole saw in order to complete this step, simply use a razor knife.

Once your drilling is done, apply adhesive according to manufacturer’s instructions. Small ceiling medallions may only require adhesive for installation. Use temporary clamps or fasteners while your adhesive sets up. Attach the medallion using coated screws in the holes you have previously drilled. Medallions over 20 inches in diameter and all plaster ceiling medallions will require the necessity of mechanical fastening. If needed after adhesive dries, caulk the perimeter of your medallion. Finish by hanging the fixture. Congratulations, you have just successfully installed a ceiling medallion.