Shannon Berrey

Beam me up

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Beamed ceilings are certainly one of the most sought after design elements when building/buying
 a rustic home. It is not an inexpensive option, but, what it offers a space is such architectural grandness.
They seem to allow a space to breathe while at the same time adding such a sense of history. 

 One of the more popular ways to use this detail is in its natural state.


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They lend themselves to every style of decorating. Above, they work beautifully
 with a little more formal, traditional furnishings.

This palette is simple: neutral and white, a mix of rustic antiques, and unfussy contemporary pieces.


{housebeautiful}

The beams in this farmhouse kitchen really draw the eye all the way up. And I love that they
painted the log walls the same color as the cabinets.  


{HouseandHome}



{marthastewart}

The furnishings in this space are a bit more industrial--concrete edged cabinetry and floors, 
chrome pendant, and leather and steel barstools.




I love the balance these rich beams and ceilings give to the white and citrus colors of the upholstery.
  

{Heidi Claire}

Clean, simple contemporary pieces live happily in this beamed, rocked, {gorgeous} restored,
barn turned home.


{1kinddesign}

Now hold on a stinking minute...


{nate berkus}

Isn't Nates chandelier the same one as in the previous picture??
AND both rooms have stripes on the floors... and they both have a chaise... and see the brass
 wood holder in the Nate's pic, well, it's very similar to the brass side table above, right ??? 
hhhmmmm...OK, sorry---back to our beams....
 
I can't imagine this kitchen without the beams...everything about this kitchen is fab. u. lous. 





{Southern Accents}



{Jean Allsop Photography via houzz}

Another way to approach beamed ceilings is with paint. You still appreciate the beautiful
architecture, but what a difference this soothing palate creates when it allows the beams to
 take a back seat. Your focus is really kept towards the floor and on the furnishings.

  
{dwellerswithoutdecorators}



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Do you have beams in your home? How do you showcase them--are they natural, stained, painted?
If you don't have them, are you a fan?


Shannon Berrey Bio
I'm an artist, interior designer, wife and mom. Join me here as I share projects, ramblings, and inspirations.
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