are always asked about the proportion of medallion to the fixture;
how large should a ceiling medallion be in relationship to the
medallions were originally designed as fire barriers for candle and gas
There were made of plaster so they did not burn.
natural proportions that one should adhere to in design, however like all
projects it is also a matter of taste. Sometimes one looks at
and says "I
just can't put my finger on what is wrong", well this is because
the natural order of 1/3 to 2/3 ratio. We will examine the natural
order of the
"Golden Rule" in the following article.
Keep in mind
that when a medallion is installed on the ceiling, it is way up there and
smaller from the floor level. The higher the ceiling the
smaller it looks from
standing level. In the photo above it appears to be the same size as
but in fact
it does adhere to the golden rule.
Martin Richards Design