A friend of mine is simply mad over ceiling medallions! She has them everywhere in her home and she recently inspired me to finish one of my own for over our dining room chandelier. This medallion actually came from her...a leftover one that she purchased from Lowe's a few years back.
This medallion is stunning and I just love the details on it. It is made out of lightweight composite and comes in a prefinished white. I opted to embellish it with paint so I painted the background a creamy ivory and then hand painted the parts of it that I wanted to stand out. I painted the border pink as well as the flowers and outlined the large shells on each corner in pink. I also lightly highlighted the ridges on the shells to make them appear a little more three dimensional. The leaves were painted light green and the scrollwork was painted a very pale shade of yellow. There is also a small amount of light brown near the center to give it a slight contrast just so everything doesn't look so pale.
You can pick up ceiling medallions in various sizes at Lowe's or Home Depot in the lighting section. They usually range from $20 - $60 depending on the size and how ornate it is. If you want to go all out, you can also order original plaster medallions from several reputable companies that make those beautiful furniture appliques and the like. I can't think of a better way to highlight your chandelier than to add a ceiling medallion to your decor and they look especially stunning if you have high or vaulted ceilings. If you're looking for a quick, fun project for fall, this is it! Get inspired and have fun ~Stacy~