My favorite room to read and enjoy - a family room with a fireplace and wood beams. Be still my heart with a stone fireplace and wood beams above. Nothing conjures up the ultimate in comfort as that combination. Add to the decorating cream sofas and chairs and we are ready to curl up with a great book or a couple of reading hours with Hub Pages.
Whatever your choice for delight, these rooms with their wood beam are sure to please. Home improvement is an investment in your future. Deciding upon a classic design will help your resale value in the end. Enjoy the visual delights as we journey through over 14 different design ideas for your wood beam project. View the videos of the do it yourself installation and see how cost effective this home improvement project might be for your home. The dividends paid back to you by this project will in today's market be more than your bank account or stock market investments. Carefully consider the many design options.
Carved Wood Kitchen Hood and Wood Ceiling Beams
Wood Beam Ceiling Ideas
Wood Beams in Family Rooms
Notched and Slotted Beams with Mitred Joints
Wood Ceiling in Kitchen
A cozy fireplace with wall to ceiling stone combined with wood beams creates the centerpiece for this Midwestern home.
The cathedral ceilings combined with wood beams make a dramatic statement for this grand family room.
This room is further enhanced by the exquisite carpet and almost white chairs and couches. This family room beckons for friends and family to retreat for a long and comfortable conversation.
Notched and Slotted Beams with Mitered Joints
The notched and slotted beam with the mitered joints are an architectural gem.
Secured with ebony pegs, this Craftsman architecture is from The Lodge at Torry Pines, northern San Diego County, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
This resort offers the preservation of fine craftsmanship and also is the home to some of the rarest native pine trees in the United States. The quality of the wood along with the craftsmanship on these wood beams are simply spectacular.
Author's Great Room Ceiling - Redwood with Wooden Beams
Why do I love wooden ceilings? Because our Wisconsin home has redwood with large rustic beams (shown below in the next photo). The combination with the fireplace (crafted of Wisconsin flagstone but of course!) lends a feeling some might attribute to the Frank Lloyd Wright style called Praire Style. For me, it simply means the room is a gathering place for our family. The wood makes the room feel more attuned to nature.
Redwood Wood Ceiling with Wooden Beams
Wood Beams Family and Opening to Kitchen
Billard Room with Boxed Wood Beams and Paneling
Rustic Wood Beams
Glazed Wood Beams and Panels
Light Wood Beams
While typically a wood beam is seen in the family room, the billiard room is also ideal. The contrast of a jukebox in the corner is an interesting juxtaposition against the triple play of wood in the room.
Triple Play of Wood in the Billiard Room
Often in the world of fashion and design, the play of a theme of "three" lends a sense of refinement and/or confidence to a dress or an outfit. The world of fashion is very particular. So too, in interior design. The coffered ceiling and the wood beams complement well the wood of the billiard table and the triple play is completed with the wood blinds over the double-hung windows accented by wood mullions.
The triple play of decorating with wood in this billiard room is complete with:
- Wood Ceiling Beams
- Wood Billiard Table
- Wood Blinds
Rustic Room with Rustic Floor and Rustic Beams Too
This room is centered round a bay created with a vaulted ceiling and wood beams. The windows have the added architectural interest of the mullions and notice how the wood on the windows is different from the floor and the ceiling beams. The woods compliment each other beautifully. The window woodwork very smooth and formal and the flooring and ceiling beams rough hewed and rustic.
The Glazed Wood Beams and Panels
Restoring life to old beams is often accomplished with a glazed stain. This room to the right benefited form the sanding and glazing, showcasing once again the fine grain and beauty of the natural woodwork on the ceiling beams and grooved wood panels.
The Light Wood Beams
The light wood beams showcase yet another color variation. All of the stains detail the wood grain. The height of the ceiling, the over sized french doors detail the room could handle the dark woodwork but yet look how inviting the light wood stain is even in this immense room. The oversized windows/doors let the light in and the wood readily welcomes the brightness.
Wood Ceiling Beams in a Kitchen
Modern Kitchen with Reclaimed Wood Beams
Installing suspended Faux Wood Beams
The rustic wood beams are not reserved solely for rustic rooms, family room or billiard rooms. Look how this modern kitchen is transformed to a new level of comfort with the rough wood ceiling beams. A great compliment to the natural color tile underfoot.
Suspended Wood Beam Installation
Suspended wood beam installation demands new skills. Check out the helpful video to the right for great tips on this special wood beam installation.
Painted White Wood Beams
Another charming option for wood beams is white paint. Painted wood is often hated by many naturalists, however, it does have it time and place. Remember this is your space - choose your personal delight. Do consider the resale value - this is not the current decorating trend. My rule is always to have the home ready to sell IF needed. No major changes that cannot be completed in one day. This means keeping up with maintenance making sure decorating is kept "marketable". This does not rule out painted wood or one small wall in your favorite color - just something to consider in your decision-making process.
Painted White Wood Beams
Painted White Wood Beams
Painted White Wood Beams
Home Improvement Additional Values
“A realtor can tell you what additional value would be added to your home in whatever type of remodeling you're thinking of doing and whether any improvements you might make are out of step with the neighborhood.”
Old Wood is the Best
“Old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.”
Sources of Wood Beams for Your Home Improvement Project
Elmwood Reclaimed Timber
"Solid wood beams make a great addition to any interior or exterior
project. Whether it is for a mantle above your fireplace, timber spans
across your living room or structural beams for your deck or pergola,
dimensional wood beams lend a robust, warm and honest feel to a
structure. We offer a variety of wood beams obtained from
turn-of-the-century structures. These include Antique Rough Sawn Wood Beams, which have a refined rustic appeal and include teeth marks from the saw blade as the wood was first milled, and Antique Hand Hewn Wood Beams, which retain the original axe marks left behind by the artisan who created them by hand."
Custom Wood Beams
"Custom Wood Beams™ is organized to build your reflected ceiling packages in your homes and community living spaces. We at Custom Wood Beams™ (CWB) often see high-end projects demanding specialty carpentry and furniture-grade finishes. Builders will see the benefits of working with us on the schedule side of the project first. They will see a reduction in project management tasks of requesting bids from up to 5 trades, and up to 75% reduction in ceiling construction and finish time for the related ceiling tasks. This may reduce a month’s time in quoting, construction and finish work - from 5 weeks to 1 week on most projects. Wouldn't you like to have your flooring contractor in a month sooner?
Custom Wood Beams™, the ‘home of the ceiling evolution℠', is the combining of framers, mill work suppliers, trim carpenters, paint and stain finishers and high-quality manufacturing. We are proud of our work and it shows.
Custom Wood Beams™ Process:
As easy as 1-2-3
- Send CWB plans and finish schedule for quotation.
- Factory construction and finish of ceiling beams, panels, T&G, and mouldings. Shipped to site.
- Builder's carpenters to install."
Sources for Real Wood Beams
Mountain Lumber Wood Beams
"The same great timbers and beams used to create Mountain Lumber’s flooring are also available to buy. You can apply these beams to suit your needs – either for their handsome looks, their unbending structural support, or both! Beams are available in a variety of colors and styles including: sawn four edges, planed smooth, wire brushed, hand-adzed, and beam wrap."
Antique Wood Beams
Antique wood beams are generally hand hewn or sawn. Wood beams come in all sizes and many species such as:
- White Oak,
- White Pine,
- sometimes Cherry,
- Maple or
Specialty Beams is a custom timber
sawmill located in the mountains of northwest Montana. We specialize in
custom structural timbers and wood beams cut from standing dead and
green douglas fir.
We supply builders nationwide with multiple products including large timbers (rough sawn, hewn, planed), lumber, timberframe hardware, and architectural millwork.
Our unique mill design and tracking system allows us to cut
small orders or very large complex jobs that accommodate the needs of
the customer. We cut a variety of sizes of douglas fir timbers and
lumber in lengths up to 40 feet. We also offer custom timber planning for
both products produced from our sawmill and timbers brought in by
customers. Planning produces a smooth, high quality finish which is in
contrast to the natural, rough sawn texture or a hand hewn texture.
Our wood beams are cut from down, dead, and dying trees. Our inventory is constantly changing due to our harvesting methodology. If we don't have it in stock we can typically mill it for you in a short amount of time. Our orders can be shipped green or dry cured depending on customer needs and nature's timing.
All of the beam types listed can be made from the supply of indigenous softwoods available on our ranch.
Wood Boards and Beams
Wood Boards and Beams includes a large inventory including: "Hardwoods, Plywoods, Fireplace Mantels, Timber Trusses, Decorative or Structural Wood Ceiling Beams, Wide Plank Flooring, Reclaimed Barn Beams & Siding, Timbers, End Grain Wood Tiles, Porticos, Pergolas, Cabanas, Gazebos, Trellises, Portico Columns, Arbors, Corbels, Contractor Decking, Wood Slabs, Timber Brackets, Pavilions, Pool Houses, Trailer Decking, Truck Sideboards, and Many Other Timber Framed Structures."
(973) 299-6100 We are a sawmill operation that manufactures timber structures for both residential and commercial properties. We carry both soft and hardwoods and can custom cut materials on site. We offer air dried lumber, custom sawing, flooring, and milling. Our products range from fireplace mantles to log homes. A tour of our website www.woodboardsandbeams.com will show what we have done for others, as well as what we can do for you. We also sell lumber at wholesale prices and install/repair trailer decking.
Faux Wood Beams
"Looks just like real wood — but it's even better! Faux Wood Beams and our other interior and exterior products will make your home look great, without costing a lot of money. Our twenty attractive and natural finishes work in any design situation.
We offer the widest selection of faux beams and other molded faux wood products on the market! With this full range of versatile looks, your imagination and creativity are your only limits."
Beams Are Back - Jill Denton
Jill Denton shared with us this room. The two walls of stone, the recessed wood wall with recessed lighting and the wood beams above give the room an inviting design. Jill detailed in 2008 that "beams are back!". I grew up with beams from our family home in the 70's. I still believe you love and always return to what you grew up with. For me, we had beams in the family room. Did they ever really go of style? Does a classic architectural element ever fade into the days of yesterday and old glory. Or are classics always a part of our very fabric?
To quote Jill Denton again:
"The beam is there to stay, it’s not going anywhere. Everyone knows it’s there so don’t fight it … make it the best it can be … love it!"
Outdoor Covered Patio with Wood Beams
Rustic Plus Traditional Plus Modern
The room to the right offers the classic mahogany fireplace mantel and surround complete with a tiled hearth, a flat screen television set and then for the crowning of the room - the rustic, rough hewed wood beans.
Perfect Haven of Classic Comfort
The room simply is inviting and the wood on the ceiling "beams" with strength and pride of perfect haven. From the comfort of the electronics to the wood to the fireplace and the elegant mantel. This room is forever a classic.
Hand Painted Wood Beams
Commodore Condominium Wood Beams
"In 1928, the Biltmore Development Company hired Louisville's prestigious architectural firm, Joseph & Joseph, to design The Commodore Apartment Building on the corner of Bonnycastle and Cowling Avenues. Still active today, Joseph & Joseph also designed many other significant buildings throughout Louisville, including Willow Terrace (1924) and The Dartmouth (1928). Located in the historic Bonnycastle Neighborhood at the edge of Cherokee Park which was designed by the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmstead.
The interior lobby mirrors the aesthetic of the exterior, with adornments that include textured stuccoed walls, coffered ceilings, an elaborate fireplace surround, decorative wrought-iron, and exposed wooden beams painted with classical motifs.
Commodore was designed and constructed to be the premiere apartment building in Louisville. Surviving the economic downturn of The Great Depression and WWII, it continued as luxury apartments until 1978, when it was bought for $650,000 and restored for another $125,000 by actor, entrepreneur and Louisville native Roger Davis..
Now known as The Commodore Condominium, the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. The Commodore’s residents are currently involved with numerous aesthetic restorations and mechanical updates necessary to maintain its integrity and beauty for subsequent generations."
"Beam wraps provide a decorative solution for covering structural components such as steel, concrete or factory made micro-lam beams. Wraps can provide a more natural, rustic looking alternative to sheet rocking or painting over these supports.
Beam wraps provide a decorative solution for covering structural components such as steel, concrete or factory made micro-lam beams. Wraps can provide a more natural, rustic beam look which is a great alternative to sheet rocking or painting over these supports.
Beam wraps are wood planks fastened around these support components to simulate the look of a real beam. The finish can vary from a simple “boxed beam” to a more realistic look by using the old faces or “skins” from four sides of an antique rough sawn or hand hewn wood beam. If installed correctly, these “old face” planks produce a nearly seamless fit and an authentic look and are hard to distinguish from a solid beam.
We Have Your Wood Beams Covered Here at Antique and Vintage Woods
Whatever your needs, our rustic wood beams are more than able to handle the tasks you put to them. We at Antique and Vintage Woods of America know that you deserve only the most reliable wood beams available. Let us make our wood’s history yours."
Faux Beams Installation
Wood Beams - Home Improvement
Reclaimed wood beams are.perfect for every possible style and every room of the home - whether you prefer modern, traditional, or casual settings.
Oh, my how wood has made an impact on ceilings!
A modern kitchen is warmed up with reclaimed wood beams that draws attention to the architectural detail. A stately mansion added hand painted artistry to further showcase the magnificence of the structure. Whatever room you choose for your wood beams, they will provided decades of enjoyment and delight.
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Ken Kline (author) from Chicago, Illinois on May 28, 2013:
The real old wood is the very best - you offer a great service. Thank you for sharing!
Jony on April 26, 2013:
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Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on March 24, 2012:
Those beans are exquisite. I love the rustic wood with the white colonial look - that is what we have in our family room and that is the main reason why we purchased this house.
What is it about California? You guys get it right with that refined rustic elegance.
Beautiful - thank you for sharing.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on March 24, 2012:
We are adding a wood vaulted ceiling to our kitchen. The beams I hope will match the great room. Great information about your beams - the more knowledge and experiences shared helps all of us.
Aaron on March 22, 2012:
Ceiling beams add so much to a room, we put them all over our house. We purchased faux wood beams from a company in California (they have a place in Texas too) who had several different faux beam textures. They all looked so real! They were a piece of cake to install, we highly recommend them to everyone who will listen http://www.owtraditions.com
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on May 10, 2011:
I just purchased a home that has beams (inside and out) from 1962 and are in perfect condition.
Outdoors the stain and maintenance is critical - you are right. Water can be very harmful.
Gary on April 27, 2011:
One of the problem using these wood beam in outdoor is they tends to grow fungus and produce the funny smell. I am not sure the wood beam is treated with pesticide or not, if it is not, then it makes a good place to attract terminates.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on September 20, 2010:
I normally have favorites (although I advise my clients no favorite muscles and no favorite children) but I don't here - love and appreciate all of these. I can see your love of the coffered with the 5 piece crown - if money and time and size of the room were not an issue - I would have to agree with you!
Thank you so much for stopping by.
Dave Framer on September 20, 2010:
Hey GmaGoldie,really enjoed your site about wood beams,my company used to do a lot of wood beam configurations as we concentrated on high end homes,I especially liked the coffered with 5 piece crown and the vaulted ceiling with tongue and groove ceilings.