Five Things to Consider Before Installing a Ceiling Rose

They’re making a comeback and are the perfect way to add character to any room.

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With so many styles and materials to choose from, here are five points to take into account before you make a decision.

1. Design

Finding the right design is important, whether it’s intricate and traditional or simple and contemporary. You want one that fits with the period and feel of your home, as well as other design features you already have – like cornicing, coving and your light fitting.

The dimensions of your room are key too. Generally, the larger the room and higher the ceiling, the bigger the ceiling rose can be. But there are no set rules: a small room or one with a lower ceiling can still successfully show off these features with the right design selected.

2. Traditional Plaster

Historically they were always made from plaster, and you can still get them made like this today. However, plaster is very heavy and could cause harm if it was dropped during installation or fell down afterwards, so it’s always best to have a professional fix them for you to ensure they are safe and secure.

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3. Polystyrene

A much lighter option is a decorative one made from polystyrene. These are simple to install yourself, as you just need the right adhesive. However, design styles are quite limited.

4. Hard Resin or Polyurethane

Available in a whole host of styles and designs from suppliers such as, these give a great amount of versatility for your room. Like the polystyrene option, they are easy to install yourself with adhesive, and for extra stability you can screw into your joists.

5. Installation

If you have a problem with your light in the future, you will need to be able to reach the wires without having to remove everything. So although it is possible to attach your new decorative one over the electrical one, it really isn’t advisable. You may need an electrician to move it for you. Any wiring work undertaken by a homeowner must comply with Part P of the Building regulations.

If you choose to keep the existing electrical one in place, make sure you factor this into the design of your new one so it can still sit flat against the ceiling and fits easily over the top.

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