When we think of beams, we often imagine old country houses, with lots of wood and low ceilings, but this is no longer the case as modern designers have taken this to a whole new level. They have taken a very traditional architectural structure that was needed primarily for support and turned it into a design feature, by simply installing beams into modern ceilings! The fact that beams are no longer needed in modern architecture to support the upper floors, designers have been able to play around with the design and structural elements of the beams and make them into a focal point of a living space.
Beams add a wonderful geometric and structural feel to a room, which is very prominent in contemporary interior design. With solid lines and masculine angles, beams have been able to add another depth to the design and have created a new line of style.Read more
There are a huge variety of different woods to choose from and also a huge variety of different finishes available when it comes to exposed beams. Modern homes tend to have beams made from light wood, such as oak and maple, which are often very straight and regimented in style. The more traditionally styled home tends to have beams made from darker woods such as teak or mahogany and are often less uniform and often quite rustic and weathered in style. Both of these types of beams work wonderfully well in the right interior and can create very interesting and dynamic styles.
Exposed beams also have a huge number of different layouts, from diagonally laid to overlapped and staggered, making it easier to choose the right style for a particular décor. Some designers choose to install very minimal beams, which gives a country style feel to a living space, whereas some prefer to fill the whole ceiling space with wooden planks and panels to give more of a Swedish theme and style. In very rustic and almost Medieval styled homes where lots of stone and wood is used, some beams are installed at an angle to give the illusion of a pointed ceiling. Much like the beams in old cathedrals, this style is often very powerful and incredibly beautiful to look at.
Whether the beams have been added purely for aesthetic purposes, or whether they are needed for the entire structure of the room, they are incredibly elegant and stylish. They can really add depth and dynamism to a room and help to create a more inviting and comforting space.
Exposed beams are a wonderful addition to any room and can make the difference when it comes to the design and style of a room. Why not take a look at some of the images in this section to see how beams can transform a living space! If there is something you like, why not share it to your Facebook or Twitter profile, so you can find the things you love easier and faster!