How to Install a Ceiling Medallion

Ceiling medallions are great for camouflaging drywall flaws around a light fixture. Learn how you can install one yourself.

Materials Needed

  • Ceiling Medallion
  • Construction Adhesive
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Caulk
In an episode of Today's Homeowner, Danny Lipford demonstrates how to install a ceiling medallion.
Installing a ceiling medallion covers up flaws and adds style to a home.

1. Remove the Light Fixture

Make sure the power is turned off at the circuit panel and remove the light fixture. If you’re uncomfortable working with electricity, hire an electrician to do this.

2. Proper Placement

Apply construction adhesive to the medallion’s underside, and align the hole at the center with the electrical box in the ceiling. We used Titebond Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive.

3. Re-Wire the Light Fixture

Use painter’s tape to hold the medallion on the ceiling while you re-wire the light fixture.

4. Tighten the Bolts

Once that’s done, the canopy of the fixture will hold the medallion tight to the ceiling, so you can remove the painter’s tape and tighten the mounting bolts.

5. Caulk and Seal

To finish it off, apply a thin bead of caulk around the medallion where it joins the ceiling.

Now, you have an attractive ceiling addition that adds character to your house, while hiding the imperfections!

Watch the video for more information!

Further Reading


  1. What are your thoughts on medallions for inset lights. We had an electrician replace older canned lights with newer ones and the fit wasn’t perfect so it looks bad. I was thinking about a dry wall specialist but maybe a medallion would work. However I would need to cut the whole correctly without a pattern. Thoughts?

    • Hi, Don,
      Ceiling medallions elevate any room’s appearance. They’re often seen above larger light fixtures to help create a focal point.
      Adding medallions above small recessed lights that are close together could be overdoing it to some people.
      But others could see it as a stylish choice, and a clever one to cover an eyesore.
      It’s totally up to you and your personal style.
      Good luck!

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