How to design and layout a Louis XIV Ceiling
Beaux-Arts has beautiful Louis XIV hand-painted plaster ceiling decorations. The Louis XIV ceiling features have two quite different styles to create the perfect decoration and design for your room. Berries, leaves and flowers of this medallion can be finished in any of our standard ceiling finishes. We also offer premium finishes to coordinate the colors, decoration and design that works best for your decor.
The bell ornament running molding that compliments this medallion has a 1/2″ relief. It is less formal than the Louis XV Ceiling. Even less ornate, the second design features just leaves with straight lines for the connecting moulding which is appropriate for more contemporary decoration and design applications.
This ceiling decoration and design is handsome and makes a beautiful statement in any room. Whenever a ceiling is included in the decoration and design of a room attention is called to the volume of the space. Particularly since most rooms have nothing in the way of decoration and design on the ceiling. Adding decoration and design on your ceiling also adds value to your home. Just like any architectural details you can factor in the cost for resale.
Installing Hand-Painted Decorative Ceilings from Beaux-Arts Classic Products is both easy and gratifying. In most cases, installing a fully painted decorative ceiling can be done in an afternoon by two people.
Most rooms are easy to lay out. If you have a central chandelier or ceiling fan then the position of the center medallion is predetermined. If the room does not have a center light or fan feature then the center medallion should go in the exact center of the room. The center of the room can easily be determined by holding the chalk line, string or laser level in one corner and lead the other end of the chalk line, string or laser light to the diagonally opposed corner. Avoid the temptation of using chalk or heavy pencil marks on the ceiling, as they are difficult to clean up or erase. Instead use some of the blue masking tape to mark the line in the center. Switch to the adjacent corner and repeat the process. Where the two chalk lines, string or laser lines intersect is the exact center of the room. Mark the center with a small light pencil mark.
Now look at how and where the corners should be located without creating location issues with heating grilles, recessed lights, sprinkler heads or other items found on your ceiling. If there is nothing interfering with the location of the corner pieces then try locating the outside edge of the decorative corners one to two feet from the corners of the room. Inset these corner pieces one foot from the corners and two feet for larger rooms. Very large rooms may look best with a three foot inset for the corners. Anyway determine where the corners are best located and put a small pencil mark in each corner an equal distance from each wall.
Then stretch the chalk line or string or line up the laser light from one adjacent to the other. Depending on the style of molding that you selected you may be able to use the chalk line or pencil to mark it but my recommendation is only mark two sides first. Then install the first corner and the molding from that corner to the next two corners. This is recommended because depending on the type of molding used it may end up slightly short or long by an inch or two. Therefore some slight adjustments to the final location of the other corners may be necessary. So lets discuss how to install that first decorative corner, then we will tell you how to put up the molding on the two chalk or pencil lines emanating from the first corner.
Each decorative corner and the central medallion have a few pre-drilled screw holes in them. If you can’t locate them by looking at the front of the first corner piece, that is good, because we try to put them in places where they are difficult to see, like deep crevices. If you chose to cover your screws with cabochons or nail heads your holes will be in places appropriate for their use. However, you can simply turn over the corner piece and see where the screw holes pierce through. Twist a drywall screw into each hole by hand just to hold it in place, making sure they don’t poke out the back which will scratch the ceiling. Now one member of the installation team should hold up the decorative medallion while the other member assists in lining up the corner with the two chalk or pencil lines. Notice that there is a precise point where the molding looks best projecting out from the corner. Some styles of ceilings are more free form than others and some have predetermined junction points with the molding, others don’t. So you will have to line up the corner and mark with tape prior to adding the adhesive to the back of the decorative corners.
Once you apply the adhesive you definitely don’t want to move the corner much because you may smear glue over exposed parts of the ceiling. So take the time to line up the first corner and mark reference points with tape or pencil to help you guide the piece into the proper place. Now when you are ready, load the special space age adhesive that we provide into your caulk gun and cut the tip off with a knife or scissors. Pump the caulk gun so that plenty of adhesive goes onto the back of the decorative corner. Avoid getting too close to the edges (try 2″ from any edge) because the caulk will spread when you apply upward pressure to secure the corner to the ceiling. Then slowly and carefully guide the corner piece to those guide marks you predetermined and once you are sure you are in just the right place, push the corner upward to the ceiling.
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