Beams are a fantastic addition to many homes and although they are usually part of a buildings structure, some architects and designers decide to install their own beams to give the interior a more traditional and rustic look. They can often be seen in the upper floors of a house or in the main floor in a bungalow, although they can sometimes appear all over a house. Many modern homes have double height ceilings with open plan living spaces, so the beams can be seen from all over the house. Although they have a relativity traditional look, you can recreate beams using modern materials in order to make them appear more contemporary and fit in with a sleek interior.
Although beams are generally found in many different sized rooms, if you are thinking about having beams installed in your home it is always best to choose a relatively large room with tall ceilings. The reason for this is because with limited space you may end up making the room feel small and cramped with the beams hanging over your head! You can of course make a small room feel more traditional with the use of beams, but be sure to only install minimal wooden panelling and perhaps think about applying it to only the perimeter of the room.Read more
If you are lucky enough to already have beams in your home, then there are ways to spruce them up and get them looking amazing! Some older beams may have suffered with dry rot or woodworm which can make the beams appear dull and lifeless. If you want to continue the rustic look, why not try staining the wood in order to give it back its vitality and colour. If you really want a fresh start, you could always ask a building surveyor to come to your home and assess how easy it may be to have new wooden beams installed.
There are lots of different styles of beams to choose from, with slatting and wooden panelling being the main choice for many traditional homes. More modern home owners tend to go for the very angular and geometric looking beams in order to add some depth to their homes. There are a huge varieties of different woods to use as well, all with a unique colour and tone. More traditional styled homes tend to use rich coloured woods like mahogany or stained oak. The more modern styled homes tend to opt for light oak, beech or cherry wood, all of which have a wonderfully light, yet warming tone.
There are so many options when it comes to re-vamping beams or having new ones installed, that you are sure to find a style and colour to suit your needs. Have a browse through our selection of images and see which styles you prefer.