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.

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.


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.  



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.


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.




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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