Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ceiling Medallions


I found this old plaster ceiling medallion over a year ago and can't decide if it's too much for my dining room.


 It's quite heavy and I'm not sure even how to affix it to the ceiling.


I know there are a lot of lightweight options out there but this is the real thing.


I'm reluctant to go the the trouble and expense of installing it only to find out that it's just too much for my small dining room.


Our ceilings are 8 ft. and we have a substantial crystal chandelier in there now.  I'm worried that it will make the room feel top heavy.


We have several low voltage recessed lights in the ceiling which light up the table and the sideboard.


 This is our dining room table when it's not covered with it's floor length fringed burlap tablecloth.




It definitely goes with the look & feel of the room's decor, I just don't want to go too far if you know what I mean.  It's important to know when to stop.


What do you think?


I'm linking up to Thriftin on a Thursday over at Savvy City Farmer

21 comments:

la Brocanteuse said...

Oh my goodness T I don't know but I LOVE this ceiling rose...if I lived closer to you I would have begged you for it! ok so it is safe with you..if you feel it is to heavy...what about using it as feature in a fountain against a wall?...xo Colette ~Afrique du Sud

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Theresa Cheek said...

I LOVE the medallion! But, alas, no, it will not work in that tight of a space. Attaching that kind of weight to a modern ceiling would be insane as well. Look at it with fresh eyes and find a spot for it...just not a ceiling. I will be thinking too.

abode love said...

wowwie-zowwie-- that medallion is amazing! I think you should ABSOLUTELY find a way to affix this to your ceiling! It's full of character and is such a stand-out piece you'd be crazy not to use it! I also believe that nothing is "too much" for a dining space. I know the table is light and airy, but if it's covered with a burlap tablecloth most of the time, then it seems as if there wouldn't be a balance issue...

Can't wait to see what you do with such a lovely piece!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Well, I just really don't think it is right for an 8 ft. ceiling. Just my opinion. The chandelier is stunning and perfect all by itself. I think I would just use it as a fabulous architectural piece and hang it on the wall. It really is a stunning piece. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

I think this is an awesome piece, Terri! I hope you find a place to have it where it can be admired by everyone!

XO,
Jane

Kathysue said...

It might be a nightmare to hang with its weight but I think it would be perfect for your stunning home. You always do the unusual, no rule following here. If it can be done I would do it. I will ask my handy hubby what he thinks about the legisitics and let you know later. I love, love it. I also really like the idea of it on a shelf as a backdrop. Whatever you decide to do make sure it is in clear view, it is stunning!!!! xo Kathysue

pretty pink tulips said...

Oh, that is tough. It is SUCH a gorgeous piece. Go with your gut.....but I'm a huge sucker for medallions...on the ceiling or on a wall.

xoxo elizabeth

Acquired Objects said...

That medallion is amazing but I think it would be to much with your chandelier. Why not hang your medallion on the wall as a piece of artwork? It's an amazing piece!

sharon said...

This is an interesting piece Terri, I'd be nervous of putting up something too heavy, especially over a glass topped table! Visually, if you do use it on the ceiling , I wonder whether it should be lightened in colour?
Sharon
xx

Kerry said...

I agree about not putting it on the ceiling. Who said there was a rule they had to go there anyway! And you'd notice it more if it were a feature somewhere else I think :)

Tricia Rose said...

Have you a higher ceiling you could use it on? Just don't put it over a bed - it does look heavy!

Fauxology said...

It's gorgeous -- that goes without saying. I do think it is heavy for the small area. There could be an alternate use for it in the home or even a garden area...such luck to have the dilemma!

lisaroyhandbags said...

it's so pretty! I think I'd be a little nervous about hanging it over a glass table, especially when it's so heavy. It's so beautiful on its own, I would likely put it somewhere where it will stand out on its own and not fight for attention from your gorgeous chandelier :)

Beach House Living said...

Fabulous! Well you can just prop it up somewhere.
Maybe you can find some of that mold making stuff and make a lightweight version of it so it doesn't fall out of the ceiling.

Lucas' Mom said...

Good Afternoon Therese,
Gorgeous medallion! I too love ceiling ornaments. When we moved from our Edwardian flat in SF to our ranch in East Bay, I brought the ceiling medallions I had installed in the city. I just wanted you to know that they can work very well in our suburban 8 foot ceiling rooms. I gilded mine and the husband carefully drilled anchors into the ceiling and we screwed it up there along with some epoxy glue-stuff-I can't remember exactly...the point is is that it is very unexpected, but very divine! Go for it! And if you are still not certain, have the husband hold it up there while you gaze upon it from below. By the time his arms go numb you should have made your final decision! Good Luck and Thank you for La Dolfina! Brava! Theresa

La Dolfina said...

Hi Lucas's Mom!!!
It's so nice to hear from you :)
We must finally get together this year OK?
Let's go shopping at the WES together one day in February and I'll have you over :)
xo

Cashon&Co said...

I love it!! If you don't use it there? Is there anywhere else you can use it?

Curtains in My Tree said...

I would put that up in a heart beat

go for it . It's really not that much trouble I had an electrician change mine out in no time and mine is very large but I love it
however mine is not as ornate and beautiful as yours

cityfarmer said...

it's so YOU ... do it!
that light deserves that fab of a piece

thanks for linking in!!!

Anonymous said...

Its quite easy to install. you just have to find the joyst in the ceiling thats what your going to screw into. Mark them so you know where they are when you put the mold up. Put liquid nails on the back of the medallion in large blobs. Push the mold in place then pull it off so that the glue goes on the ceiling and on the mold. then quickly push it back in place. predrill holes so not to crack it. Then screw it to the ceiling. Calk around the edges then your done!
if you have any questions just ask.

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