Adding overhead wood beams can make a space appear more welcoming and refined. Achieving refinement with something so rustic as an exposed piece of wood is such a great balance to design from. Several types and shapes of wood (including faux wood) can be used to accentuate your ceilings. Whether vaulted or flat, painted or unfinished, the looks are endless. Keep in mind the architecture of your home, you may be able to conceal unnecessary geometric lines (think homes built in the late 80’s and 90’s) or add some depth and symmetry to a large multi-used space in the home.
If the chosen look is a darker unfinished wood, stick to lighter walls in the ivory family. If the choice is a painted wood beam, seek contrast in paint but not too much.
Classic spanish beams via georgiana design. To see previous post on spanish inspired design click here
Rustic and traditional via remodelista
Two toned wood beams and panels
Lighter oak wood used to anchor the living room vaulted ceiling
Wood panels and beams on a raised bedroom ceiling
It’s all in the details with trimwork. Moulding, paneling, wainscoting, and wall framing details can visually alter the architecture of a room without having to tear down walls. After WWII, builders were forced to build faster to meet housing demands and the result was reducing the amount of trimwork in a house to the bare minimum. Unfortunately this still holds true today, so unless youre’ lucky enough to dwell in a pre-1940’s or custom home, trimwork is a sought-after custom addition to any residence.
Wall frame and picture frame moulding adds a little glamour to the wall space – and depending on the shape of each frame, you can create the illusion of higher ceilings or longer walls. Then, you can insert sconces, mirrors, and artwork to create symmetry and focal points within the room.
Box paneling can add depth to a room or hallway
Images via: Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House & Home, Tracery Interiors