In interior design proportion is very important. This is particularly so when it comes to ceiling roses because the ceiling rose is the focal point of the ceiling, which is, after all, probably the only space in any room guaranteed to be uncluttered.
Few people realise the wide range of ceiling roses available both in design and in size, allowing you not only to make an esoteric choice but a proportionate one also. Having the right design and the right size of ceiling rose can transform a room giving it a visually balanced look. That said, unfortunately, many of the designs available today have elements thrown together to produce a mould that fails to include the historic stories of the past. If you want a ceiling rose with some soul its best to find a reproduction made with an original mould.
The wide range of ceiling roses available in pre-moulded plaster and ready to apply allows the designer and the home creator to select a ceiling rose that fits the period of the property or fits in with the designer’s eye.
There are clean contemporary styles, ornate period styles drawing their heritage form Victorian, Regency and older periods and classic options based on more ostentatious times of the past. In addition ceiling roses, both plain and ornate, come in a range of sizes to allow the essential proportion discussed earlier.
The home designer should not get hung on what style of ceiling rose to choose, nor be overly concerned about the period. All ceiling roses are design developments that have been modified over the centuries so that a classic Victorian ceiling rose is a derivation of an earlier period. What is perhaps more important is how the designer or home creator wants the house or the room to look and then being consistent in applying not only the desired ceiling rose but also complimentary cornices and coving.
On the other hand, if the designers goal is to reinstate the decorative elements from a certain period then authenticity can be achieved by visiting appropriate period properties and researching old interior design texts to find suitable styles. I personally have written several articles on the subject of plaster ceiling roses that are available on my blog such as an introduction to Victorian ceiling roses, and an overview of Regency decorative elements. After all, there is nothing more delightful than a sympathetically restored period ceiling.
In terms of size, a ceiling rose has two factors to consider, the obvious is diameter, but the less obvious but arguably just as important is the depth. The depth of a Ceiling rose can add extra drama to a ceiling by producing extra shadows not only on the rose itself, but also reflected, delicate shadows scattered around the ceiling by chandelier light. Inversely, a thinner depth allows a wider ceiling rose to be used in a smaller room, and can help to deliver understated subtlety if that’s in the designers brief.
There is something organically pleasing about the pure nature of a well-conceived and proportionate ceiling, a well chose ceiling rose is a wonderful way of helping to achieve that.