How to Incorporate Ceiling Beams into your Style

Exposed ceiling beams are an interesting architectural feature and have the ability to make a space feel utterly unique. Sometimes, though, you might wonder if your individual design style fits into a space with ceiling beams. Say you’re on the hunt for a great apartment and you’ve found a perfect candidate…but you’re not sure if the ceiling beams will throw off your whole décor vibe. Ever been there? Or maybe you’re looking to design and build your own home but aren’t quite sure which direction to take with the great room’s ceilings.

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Fortunately, there’s a huge variety of the style and type of ceiling beams, and if you like the look, you’ll certainly be able to find the right match for you. Here are some ideas for different types of ceiling beams and the styles that they’ve been matched with.

Dramatic:

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A high contrast between the exposed ceiling beams (high-gloss, black) and the ceiling itself (matte, white) provides immediate and bold visual style that continues throughout the classically black-and-white space. High contrasts in design will always be eye-catching, and ceiling beams might be just the perfect medium for such contrast.

Contemporary Concrete:

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Perfect for those who gravitate toward a modern, minimalist style. Clean lines, sparse urban chic.

Edgy & Exposed:

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When your style welcomes industrial details, you can get away with a ceiling with steel beams and exposed electrical and ductwork. Juxtaposes interestingly here with more formal-toned furniture.

Modern Rustic:

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Rough-finished wood ceiling planks with a raw feel and chunky crossbeams provide warmth and texture to a kitchen. Lots of neutral colors, varied textiles and surfaces, and a punch of black keep the space feeling more like a contemporary cottage than a log cabin.

Natural Organic:

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In this space, the architectural forte is exposed wood beams (ceilings, walls, corners), making the inherent style of the entire home an ode to the Natural. This design style is enhanced by earthy and nature-inspired décor elements, such as the deer head and wooden dining chairs.

Chic Simplicity:

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A heavily beamed wood ceiling, paired with raw concrete walls, a stained concrete floor, and loads of natural light, is an ideal way to embrace the natural element of simple – yet chic – style. There is a beautifully understated sense of balance and peace amidst these straight architectural lines.

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Homey Elegance: A light and bright room bedecked with a sophisticated collection of warm and welcoming pieces is emphasized with a heavily beamed ceiling (with dark, chunky wood beams that mirror the floor’s stain) and wooden floors. Painting the ceiling white while leaving the wood beams natural complements the entire room’s overall design scheme.

Comfortably Cottage:

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In a space where the ceilings are vaulted, dropping and exposing some ceiling beams will actually enhance the feeling of warmth and coziness in the space without sacrificing the architectural beauty and spaciousness of the high ceiling. This is a great design for those with a warm and welcoming cottage style in their home.

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No matter what your style, ceiling beams done the right way can certainly enhance the look and feel of your space. What do you think? Do you have exposed ceiling beams in your space? Do you like them?