Plaster Ceiling Roses for an Eye-Catching Feature

Plaster ceiling roses are a period feature that goes way back to the days when a room would be lit by candles or gas light. One of the functions of the ceiling rose (apart from being decorative) was to catch the grime and soot. The idea was that instead of having to redecorate the entire ceiling, only the rose would need to be painted back to its original state.

Once electricity arrived the plaster rose became useful for a different reason. Now the decorative feature was used to hide the hole in the ceiling and electrical wiring. These moulded ‘roses’ are traditionally round, and highly decorative. Originally they were quite heavy objects, being made out of plaster, but contemporary rose moulds are made of much lighter materials.

Contemporary Plaster Ceiling Roses

Now the major function of the ceiling rose is to provide an eye-catching feature as part of an interior design. Originally they ‘crowned’ the central chandelier. Their contemporary usage may set off a modern chandelier design, or an unusual lighting feature. If you’re looking for stylish elegance, you might choose a plain rose, whilst decorative ones tend to be used for more ostentatious display.

Professional Installation of a Ceiling Rose

Whether you opt for a traditional plaster ceiling rose, plastic or polystyrene, fitting it can be a tricky business. At Logic Plastering we would always recommend getting a professional in to do the job, and here are 3 reasons why:

  1. Fitting the decorative rose over the electrical rose. You’ll probably already have a small round electrical rose which tidies up the wiring, and provides easy access. You can fit a decorative mould over this but then you lose access. The option is to adapt your rose to slot over the electrical box, or to fit another junction box.
  2. You may wish to move the original ceiling rose. If you’re creating a lighting feature it could be that your original ceiling rose needs to be moved. Many of them were aligned with a mirror placed over the fireplace to amplify the light in the room and this leave them ‘off-centre once the fireplace – and mirror – disappear.
  3. Fixing the rose in place. A ceiling feature will need fixing with both adhesive and small screws. This requires that the ceiling be sanded down to take the glue. Then, the joists need to be located to get purchase for the screws. Once the ceiling rose is in place, we leave it up to our clients to add the finishing touches with paint.

Bedford Coving Installers at Logic Plastering

Decorative coving is now a popular way to finish the decoration in a room. If you live in a Victorian property with large rooms and high ceilings, coving would normally soften the angle between the ceiling and the wall. And the Victorians loved ornate designs. For more modern homes there is an elegant, minimalist version of this ornate style.

If you’re looking for advice, ideas or installation of plaster ceiling roses, or decorative coving, call Logic Plastering on 07809 228328