If you want to add a touch of the baroque—without going broke—consider putting up a ceiling medallion. A decorative disk centered overhead can turn a plain expanse of drywall into an architectural focal point. And luckily, what was once made from heavy, fragile plaster is now available in molded lightweight polyurethane.
As This Old House
senior technical editor Mark Powers shows here, installing a medallion means little more than a morning on a ladder with a tube of construction adhesive.
For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, and tools list, see How to Install a Ceiling Medallion