How to decorate with ceiling beams

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How to decorate with ceiling beams
Decorate your space to showcase your ceiling beams or diminish their impact. (lamp image by martini from

Homes that have ceiling beams range from log cabins in the woods to grand estates in posh private communities. Some homes have ceiling beams for decorative purposes alone, while other homes include them for stability and support. Decorate a room with ceiling beams in a way that showcases or camouflages them. Beams can become an intricate part of your decor, accentuate your decor or fade into the background depending on the way you decorate your space.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paint
  • Furniture
  • Curtains
  • Rug(s)
  • Accessories

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    Paint the ceiling, beams or walls, depending on the decor style you want. Stain the beams with a dark, rich wood colour if you want to draw attention to the ceiling beams because the room is vast, or you want an elegant look. For a rustic decor, leave the beams untreated or stain them to look like the natural wood of your choice. Paint the ceiling and beams the same colour if you want them to fade into the background.

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    Furnish the room with eclectic or interesting furniture to avoid drawing eyes up to the beams, if you want to camouflage them. Use furniture that incorporates the same tones and wood as the beams to complement the beams if you want to focus on the beams.

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    Choose curtains and a rug that complement the room's decor. For example, simple curtains and a simple rug wouldn't draw attention away from the beams. An ornate rug and elaborate curtains will demand attention and keep the eyes focused downward if you don't want any attention on the beams.

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    Accessorise the room with a few complementary items to focus attention upward. For example, a vast mirror framed in the same wood as the beams will reflect images in the room, including the ceiling. Hang floating shelves in the same wood to hold other decorative items. Wreaths or picture frames in the same colour as the beams would work as well. To keep attention focused on the room rather than the ceiling, include bold colours or patterns in your accessories. For example, a large wall arrangement of art or pictures will keep your eyes focused on the walls.

Tips and warnings

  • Hide the beams with fabric or a drop ceiling if you don't like them at all. For example, if you follow feng shui principles, ceiling beams aren't good for the energy of your room.

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