You might want to think twice before you cover up raw ceiling beams. In some circles, those architectural details are mighty good decorating. From rustic to elegant, exposed ceiling beams can add warmth and charm to a room. Whether you keep existing structural pieces or add more decorative elements, you can use exposed ceiling beams in a finished or unfinished state to adorn your spaces. Let me show you how.
• Let It All Hang Out
If you’ve got an unfinished basement to transform for your next home project, consider a warm and rustic ceiling. Leave the overhead subflooring and structural beams totally exposed to create a space with true country ambiance and you’ll save a good amount of time and money on your makeover. Spend your savings on a hardwood floor to complement the exposed wood – or maybe add a brick fireplace feature. What a great place to relax with family and friends.
• Painted or Partially Finished on a Flat Ceiling
You can dress up exposed beams on a flat ceiling in one of two ways. First option – leave them physically exposed, but paint them with ceiling white paint or another color that coordinates with the room. The paint will allow the wood to blend into the surroundings while still getting the benefit of a higher, exposed beam ceiling.
Second option – leave the cross beams exposed, but finish the flat overhead surfaces with sheetrock and paint. You can even use a satin or semi-gloss stain on the beams to take the finish up a notch.
• Partially Finished or Painted on a Vaulted Ceiling
Lucky is the homeowner with vaulted ceilings and so many options. Finish the flat surfaces, paint them or leave them natural – just make the cross beam stand out in a big way. If you don’t have structural beams to expose, add your own. You can purchase beams to install or build your own with one-by-six inch lumber. I’ve even notched new boards and beams to make them look old. Be creative and let them follow the style of your decor.
• All Out Exposure
My favorite look is all out exposure. If I could have a room where the beams were exposed from top-to-bottom and side-to-side, I’d be a happy camper. Whether totally rustic, carved or elegantly shaped, totally exposed ceiling beams are a stunning addition to any room.
Check out pictures and inspiration for this article in the Exposed Ceiling Beams ideabook on Houzz. You’ll either end up dreaming about exposed ceiling beams or figuring out a way to work them into your next remodel.
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