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18 Times Exposed Ceiling Beams Made the Room

If you’re looking for a way to make an interior design splash in 2019, look up. Only focusing on your four walls is missing a major design opportunity. The fifth wall – your ceiling – sets the tone for the entire space. Wallpapered and painted ceilings, interesting molding and even 3D ceilings are helping homeowners reclaim this long-forgotten territory. But if you really want to make an architectural impact, you might want even more depth and texture. Exposed ceiling beams can give you exactly that.Exposed ceiling beams can take an ordinary room and make it remarkable. They draw the eye up, making the space feel larger, and make a big design splash without taking up any square footage. Here are some great examples of exposed ceiling beams transforming a room.

Exposed ceiling beams in the living room

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In a room where horizontal lines are a theme, stained wood beams help establish the space while maintaining the room’s openness.

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In an artsy loft, exposed ceiling beams are a must. If you can weave your lighting between them, all the better.

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Massive windows and concrete could make a room feel cold. But adding ceiling beams in warm-toned wood gives the space a cozy, inviting feel.

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In a room filled with diverse types of furniture, ceiling beams serve as a common element that gives the space a foundation.

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In a space with beautiful high ceilings, beams that highlight them are a no-brainer.

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In an otherwise plain living room, wooden ceiling beams draw the eye up and add character.

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Leaving your beams unpainted adds visual interest and provides a great design opportunity. Matching the wood to furniture in the room (like these chairs) helps tie the entire space together.

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Who says your living room needs to be indoors? Ceiling beams create a sense of space for this outdoor seating area.

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Exposed ceiling beams in the kitchen and dining room


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White ceiling beams make this kitchen feel extra bright and open.

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Mounting eye-catching lighting fixtures from the ceiling beams give this kitchen a bright and airy feel.

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Mirroring the wood from the ceiling beams in the island and dining table creates visual cohesion in this kitchen.

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Light-colored ceiling beams attract the eye, encouraging it to look out the sloping window.

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This dining area feels extra expansive thanks to exposed beams that draw the eye up.

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Placing a dining table directly under the point where the ceiling beams meet cements it in a uniquely shaped dining room.

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Exposed ceiling beams in the bedroom

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The beams in this dreamy bedroom draw the eye up and out to the surrounding natural beauty without obstructing the view.

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A narrow bedroom could feel claustrophobic, but beams that angle upward open up the room.

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Dark beams play off the metallic accents in this bedroom, giving it some extra flair.

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In a traditional bedroom, painted ceiling beams add some architectural interest while letting the mellow vibe of the room prevail.

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