Home Decor Spotlight : Ceiling Beams

home decor, living room, ceiling beams

I have a love affair with ceiling beams, I really do, so I’m super excited that our main room, my new studio and office space, as well as our master bedroom, are lined with ceiling beams. It’s unfortunate though, that downstairs, they’ve all been painted from their original dark stain to a taupe color, which I’m not too fond of. The master ceiling including the beams are all white, and I think I’ll leave them that way but I’m not sure which way to go with the beams downstairs.

The main room of focus is the great room, which is the only living room with an open kitchen. I’d love to see these beams in their original dark stained and raw glory but I fear stripping the paint on each will be far more work than just painting over them. A dark chocolatey brown may suffice but I love the sort of weathered beachy gray look as well. I’ll have to achieve that with paint rather than getting the real deal as well.

I may just go with a solid white in my studio but I’m also thinking a glossy black would be a nice contrast, I just wonder if it will be too distracting visually and compete with the room rather than add to it.

Here are some of my favorite beamy rooms from around the internet…

dark beams on a blue ceiling

Dark beams with a blue ceiling via Linum

Natural wood beams and ceiling

Natural wood beams via Keystone projects.

multi-color raw wood wall panels

Multi-color panels with light beams via NY Times

weathered gray ceiling and beams

Weathered gray beams via Elements of Style

Gray ceiling beams on dark wood contrast

Gray beams on dark wood ceiling

all white ceiling and beams

White ceiling and beams via Desire to Inspire

White ceiling with dark beams

dark stained beams via Lonny Nov/12 {same source for #1 as well}

I’d love to hear your opinions on beams. Do you live with dark beams and find them distracting? Or do you love them? Do you have a rustic look or a painted finish? Do you know a way I can get a rustic look without stripping them to their natural state? Or is stripping them the easier route? And what about contrasting colors on the ceiling and beams?

* Find photos of our new house for reference here {scroll down a bit}

* You can find many of these and more on my Lake House Ideas & Decor pinboard.


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Anonymous

    November 16, 2012 |

    I’m thinking that the light grey weathered look or the white beams wouldn’t be as distracting. I wouldn’t go through all of the trouble of stripping them, though. Either prime and paint over them, or enhance the darker beams with a coat of clear matt varnish or the same color of paint.

  • Anonymous

    November 16, 2012 |

    p.s. You might want to first lightly sand the beams with a very fine sandpaper. That way, whatever you do to/with them will adhere to the wood. But, always check with a professional first. “Just to make sure” ….

  • drollgirl

    November 16, 2012 |

    ok! these are glorious examples of ceiling beams! i love each example!!!! i am not sure exactly what i would do. i think each example works well with the colors and textures of each room.

    p.s. the boyfriend’s house has ceiling beams. his are so so. wellllll, really his place needs an entire re-do and then they might be ok. but i’d rather he just get a new place as his isn’t all that thrilling. I AM SUCH AN ASS! but he’ll never see this comment!

  • Stephanie

    November 17, 2012 |

    I love the natural wood ones (the light brown). it preserves the wood finish (hence showing its natural beauty), while not being distracting because of the light colour.

  • cheap jersey

    November 17, 2012 |

    Looove this kind of style, I think my future house would be in this way. But now I can try in my favorite game SIM3, maybe you’ve heard it. So happy today.

  • Anonymous

    November 17, 2012 |

    Paint over them, they are so high on the ceiling that from far away, they will look like stained wood. You can even get some of those rubber tools that make paint look like wood grain. Good luck!

  • Anonymous

    November 17, 2012 |

    What are your dear hubby’s suggestions? I’ve been thinking about this for quite awhile. Very difficult decision. Maybe just leave the beams alone for now and after a few months you will know! “All in all”, the beams are beautiful whether painted or not.

  • Julia Lang

    November 18, 2012 |

    Nice blog!!

    I really enjoy it!
    Keep it up!! 🙂

    Kisses from Berlin
    Julia xxx


  • Anonymous

    November 19, 2012 |

    I have fir ceiling beams that were stained with dark walnut oil stain and I now want to return the wood to its original natural finish.

    web link

  • Anonymous

    November 19, 2012 |

    I would recommend Minwax Gel Stain. Here’s a link with more info

    I used it on my front door that was painted over and got more of a wood effect because it’s so thick!

    Good luck!

  • LesliMarie

    November 19, 2012 |

    There all so beautiful! Thats exactly what I wan to do in my kitchen…one day.


  • Lorena

    December 5, 2012 |

    Before I did not care ceiling beams.. but i just got a tiny weekend home that actually has these!

  • FierceandFashionable

    December 12, 2012 |

    I LOVE the way beams look in houses! The darker the wood the better! I bet they’ll look great in your new home!

    xo Michelle

    Fierce & Fashionable

  • Hunter Douglas

    December 13, 2012 |

    The homedecor spotlight ceiling beams is shared on the post here

  • faux beams

    June 14, 2013 |

    Fantastic photographs. The ceiling beams can really accentuate a high ceiling as well.

  • Cs

    January 20, 2014 |

    Love your room. What white paint color did you use? I’m buying a house with wood trim and it’s hard to find a warm white.

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