Ceiling medallions are quite popular in decor. They can be installed in high or low ceilings. Ceiling medallions can be as visible or understated as you desire. Usually, plaster of Paris, wood, or polyurethane is used to make readymade or customised medallions. Ornate medallions come with elaborate carvings that are coloured or more commonly, gilded to bring out the design. Usually, medallions are radial and serve as stylish backdrops for chandeliers, light fixtures, or fans. There are instances when a specification may require a medallion of a different shape.
To find a suitable location for a ceiling medallion is simple. They look good around a fixture, by themselves in a vast ceiling or as simple decoration in an elaborate ceiling like the tray ceiling. Another ceiling decor that is similar to a medallion is a rosette. This is a small stylised floral design that can be used across the ceiling, along the border, or in combination with a medallion.
When the design is a slight projection from the surrounding surface, then it is called a bas-relief. This is normally associated with temples or palaces due to its grandeur. From simple designs to elaborate figurines, bas-relief holds a lot of promise in the realms of ceiling decor. Here, bas-relief is usually done with plaster of Paris. In a small room, simple designs can adorn the ceiling, especially along the borders. For subtlety, the relief is usually painted the same colour as the ceiling. Elaborate scenes are best suited for a high domed ceiling wherein the ceiling becomes the centre of attraction. For grandeur, colours as well as gilded patterns are used with each relief in the scene, gaining prominence.