Choosing the best ceiling rose for your home

A quick and easy way to provide more character to your room’s ceiling is to install a decorative ceiling rose, especially if you have coving or cornicing, as the two look gorgeous together.

  1. Decorative roses come in a wealth of designs, so it should be easy to find one that fits with the period style of your home and your choice of light fitting. For a supplier of Ceiling Roses, visit a site like

You may not want an elaborate Victorian-style ceiling rose surrounding your contemporary ceiling lights, for example. So, choose a modern material and colour instead. Also, consider the proportions of the room – a large room with high ceilings will benefit from a large ceiling rose, but a small room with a lower ceiling may not. You’ll also want to consider how it fits in with the style of your coving or cornicing. Plain coving goes best with a simple ceiling rose, like one with concentric circles, and more intricate designs fit together.

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  1. The ceiling rose is also available in various materials. The easiest type to adjust is expanded polystyrene ceiling roses because they are super light – all you need is a suitable adhesive. However, polystyrene roses come in a fairly limited range of designs and are not for everyone. Other materials to consider include metal and plastic.
  2. Original ceiling roses made of plaster and modern replicas of original designs are available, but like anything made of plaster, they are heavy. They are so heavy, in fact, that it pays to get a professional to put them, because they can do a lot of damage – and even injure someone – if they are not installed properly and fall as a result.
  3. Perhaps the best option for DIYers is a polyurethane resin or hard resin ceiling rose, as this will be sturdy, but relatively lightweight and very easy to customize. It can be glued with a suitable adhesive, but screwing is a much better choice. Screwing up to the ceiling beams above (screws can be countersunk and filled over for a neat finish), provides the safest hold and allows the adhesive to set it right.

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  1. Fitting decorative ceiling roses often involves moving electric ceiling rise – if you are not sure about doing this, get an electrician to do it. Although it is sometimes possible to match the decorative ceiling rose with the electrical ceiling rose, by taking off the white covering, this is not a good idea because you will not be able to get into the cable easily if there is a problem with the light. An electrician might be able to enter a junction box on top of the ceiling light (in the attic, for example) so you do not need the electric ceiling rose, but, once again, it is less accessible if there is a problem. If you want to leave the electric ceiling rose in place, choose a decorative ceiling rose with a hole in the middle – simply slot it over the electric one.