Chic Design Trend: Exposed Beams

One of the grandest design features you can put in any home is an open ceiling with exposed beams. There are many reasons why designers of both modern and traditional homes are choosing this trend. First, the open ceilings create such a large breathable space. It makes your home seem larger than it actually is. Secondly, the extra ceiling height can make your home seem brighter. You can attach large chandeliers and other types of light fixtures to draw your eye up and create the illusion of a lighter space. Lastly, they are simply gorgeous to look at. Whether they are a crisp white or a rustic wood tone, you won’t be disappointed if you incorporate these beams into your home.

Living beams
Source:, Staged by Meredith Baer.

The black and white color scheme in this home is classic and contemporary. The dark stained beams make a statement and provide a stark contrast to the crisp white walls and white furniture. The best part about the beams as an architectural feature in this room is that they provide warm tones to make this crisp contemporary space feel cozy.

Living beams
Terrat Elms Interior Design, via Décor Pad.

The rustic beams make this crisp white kitchen even brighter. I love the contrast between the classically modern kitchen and the raw wood. The designer also did a great job of incorporating other rustic elements like the barstools.

Living beams
Beckwith Interiors via Décor Pad.

There are so many things to love about this kitchen. Again, this photo features a crisp, white kitchen that’s grounded with the wood beams that cross each other over the ceiling. Other elements to love in this room are the rustic chandeliers and the gorgeous marble countertop.

Living beams
Paige Sumblin Schnell.

Talk about breathing room. This space is absolutely incredible. Not only are there exposed beams on the ceiling but also along the windows and to the left of the photo. The traditional furnishings have several modern accents that make this the perfect room to gather with family and friends.