13 Ways to Add Ceiling Beams to Any Room

One of the main reasons I’m such a huge fan of older homes is the architectural details that you just don’t find in most houses built today. Bulls-eye trim, room pillars, arched doorways, and all those wonderful things that add character to a home. Yes, you can certainly have them in a new home, but they tend to be expensive. So it’s often more economical to find an older home that already has unique elements. One architectural enhancement I love is ceiling beams, so I thought I’d share that love by showing a variety of ways to add ceiling beams to any room.

Ceiling BeamsTransitional Patio by West Hollywood Interior Designers & Decorators Jackson Paige Interiors, Inc.

Who says beamed ceilings have to stay indoors? Curved beams grace the ceiling of this outdoor patio space.


Ceiling Beams in KitchenRustic Kitchen by Atlanta Interior Designers & Decorators Insidesign

Pair rustic ceiling beams with white painted shiplap for a tried and true farmhouse look.


Ceiling Beams in BedroomTraditional Bedroom by Houston Home Builders Thompson Custom Homes

Normally a vaulted ceiling can make a room feel a bit cavernous, but this bedroom looks warm and cozy with a wood stained ceiling and beams.


Ceiling Beams in Living RoomContemporary Living Room by Portland Photographers Philip Clayton-Thompson

White ceiling beams add architectural charm while keeping a bright and spacious feeling.


Ceiling BeamsTraditional Hall

I love this library area with its curved ceiling and beams. A wooden stair rail, built-in bookcases, and painted paneling all add to the charm and appeal of this beautiful space.


Ceiling Beams in KitchenRustic Kitchen by New York Media & Bloggers Clarkson Potter

Rustic wooden beams mimic the gleaming wood floors underfoot. The wood keeps the white kitchen from looking cold and institutional.


Gray Ceiling BeamsTraditional Living Room by Nashville Interior Designers & Decorators Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

Gray beams reflect the gray textiles of slipcovers and pillows in this shabby chic living room.


Ceiling Beams in Farmhouse KitchenFarmhouse Kitchen

Gorgeous rough hewn beams lend farmhouse appeal to this rustic kitchen.


Ceiling Beams in Dining RoomTraditional Dining Room by Dallas Home Builders Platinum Series by Mark Molthan

Have you ever laid eyes on a unique dining room ceiling like this one? A circular brick pattern adds to the wagon wheel effect of the ceiling beams.


Farmhouse Living RoomTraditional Kitchen by Dallas Home Builders Platinum Series by Mark Molthan

Buffalo checks on the chairs echo the grid pattern of the beamed ceiling overhead.


Kitchen with Ceiling BeamsTransitional Kitchen by Brooklyn Interior Designers & Decorators deakins design group

Here’s a unique architectural twist on kitchen ceiling beams.


Rustic BedroomRustic Bedroom by Arden General Contractors Morgan-Keefe Builders, Inc.

Another bedroom gets cozy appeal with a wooden ceiling and beams, complete with a roaring fireplace!


Kitchen with Wood CeilingTraditional Kitchen by Wayne Architects & Building Designers Foley Beam Architecture

A dormer window adds light to this vaulted ceiling. The row of windows on the far walls keep the natural light flowing. Whether ceiling beams are painted or stained, rough hewn or smooth and carved, they look great in any room!

Are you a fan of ceiling beams?


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  1. Wood beams rule!! We’ve got a few skinny beams in our upstairs space, and I’d love find a way to enlarge them somehow. I share your deep and abiding love of old architecture ~ there’s really no substitute as far as I’m concerned 🙂 Thanks for sharing these wonderful examples.

    Have a great weekend, Jennifer!

  2. I have a 20 foot ceiling that has about a 3ft. Flat area where the ceiling slant meets. So like the end of a triangle with the tip missing. How would beams be put on this type of ceiling?