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How to Install a Ceiling Medallion

Jorie painting a ceiling medallion in an art studio.

We're celebrating the start of fall in true Schoolhouse spirit — with fun little design lessons in the form of our favorite school subjects. 

First up on our class schedule: Intro to Art. From framing tips to gallery wall ideas, follow along as we share a few simple home spruce-ups. To kick off the week, interior expert Jorie shares an easy ceiling medallion DIY perfect for the seasonal shift.

 Painting a ceiling medallion rust red on a drop cloth covered table.


  • Ceiling medallion

  • Adhesive caulk

  • Light fixture (we used Jorie's existing Luna Pendant) + installation supplies

  • Paint of your choice (we used pint-size samples from the hardware store)

  • Paint brushes or roller


  • The diameter of the light fixture canopy should be slightly larger than the space in the center of the medallion.

  • Two-person installation recommended for both the medallion and light fixture.

  • You many need longer canopy screws depending on what your existing light fixture comes with.

 Installing a light fixture with a ceiling medallion in a bedroom.


1. Paint the front of the ceiling medallion and let it dry.  

2. Uninstall your light if already installed. 

3. Run caulk along the back of the medallion starting on the outer perimeter. 

4. Place the medallion on the ceiling, aligning the center of the medallion with the center of the junction box. 

5. Install your light fixture and touch up the paint on the medallion if needed. 



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