There are millions of options to choose from when considering home design. However, sometimes you have to work with what you have – wooden beams can either be the best or worst accent to your home décor. Left untouched, wood beams can look out of place or unfinished. With a little work and the right design, though, they can change the dynamics of the room.
Steve Allen construction of Ocala, Fla. wants to help you with some tips to make those wood beams work for you. Read more to learn how you can use wood beams to make your home stand out from the rest.
How to Hide the Beams
If you don’t like the wood beam look, there are a variety of ways to hide them. One is to paint them the same color as the ceiling or wall so they blend with their surroundings. Another option is to use plaster casting molds to create a completely different look, such as carved stone or a custom pattern.
Fake Beams or Real Wood
The type of wood your beams are made from will determine what you can do with them. Real wood beams are generally constructed from oak. If you want them to last, they will need to be properly maintained. Wood is susceptible to rot and will need to be treated before you apply any type of decorations. The last thing you want is your ceiling support beams to age or dry out.
Fake beams are created from composite materials instead of solid wood. These beams can be pre-carved with notches to appear aged and worn. Even composite wood beams need to be treated and protected so they don’t disintegrate over long periods of time. Make sure your beams are protected BEFORE applying any decorative coating to the wood surface.
Using Beams to Create or Shrink Space
Beams can be used to make a room look larger or smaller than it actually is. If you have a long room, using exposed beams crosswise can make the space appear less like a hallway. Likewise, you can run beams in the direction of a short room’s longest walls, creating the illusion of more space.
Additionally, you can use beams to visually lower a vaulted ceiling. Depending on the structure of your room, vaulted ceilings can create too much space. Running beams at the top of the wall height can bring the room down to a more human scale. Another option is to use boxed beams when your ceiling can support the weight of solid wooden beams. Boxed beams are hollow structures that have a variety of designs to choose from but don’t carry the weight.
Using wood beams can accent your home in a variety of ways. We only listed a few, but there are plenty more ways to use them. Try creating a bookshelf on your wall or a mantel over the fireplace.
At Steve Allen Construction of Ocala, Fla., we’d like to help you make the best use of your wood beams. If you would like some professional help with where you can use wood beams, please contact us. We’d love to see your wood beam ideas, so reach out and connect with us on our social networks.
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