By Gene and Katie Hamilton
You'd be surprised how much more attractive a room can be with the simple addition of a ceiling medallion. Made of urethane, this architectural detail is a great way to draw attention to a chandelier or fan, especially in a dining room or foyer. The medallion has two interlocking pieces that are easily installed around a fixture, so you don't have to remove anything to install the medallion. It is fastened to the ceiling with construction adhesive and trim head screws in precut holes.
You'll find a range of styles from the classic to more intricate designs in sizes ranging upwards of 12 inches in diameter. You can paint the medallion before or after installing it to make it look like a natural part of the architectural details of the room. For a nice selection of medallions go to
A handyman will charge $155 to install a two-piece 22-inch ceiling medallion, which includes the labor and material. But you can buy the medallion and adhesive for $105 and install it yourself, saving 32 percent. It's an easy afternoon project that will make a big difference in not much time.
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The average price to install a ceiling medallion noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself. Tweak the data by adding your ZIP Code to find a local cost.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.