When did exposed ceiling beams become such a hot design feature? Beyond their structural necessity, the simple explanation is that they add dimension and character to every space. Wood beams add architectural interest to new builds, breaking up expanses of drywall or injecting interest to soaring ceilings. In rustic settings, beams are particularly appropriate when they express the structure of the building, and give a feeling of heritage and security. Beyond farmhouse-style kitchens, exposed ceiling beams also pop up in more formal spaces and can be juxtaposed by sleek, modern light fixtures for added visual tension.
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