Some things will never budge from our dream home wish lists: an expansive kitchen, a bedroom fireplace, a clawfoot bathtub… The newest addition? Beautiful exposed ceiling beams in all their storied, rustic glory. Exposed beams textural interest and a framing quality that make other elements pop. Plus, they can make any space feel just a little bit fairytale.
Even in a blank space with little to no architectural details and very low ceilings, adding ceiling beams can entirely transform a room. Best of all, they can be quite cost-effective to install relative to their huge impact on a room. Convinced that you need ceiling beams in your home? (We certainly are.) Scroll below for a few that have our hearts skipping a beat.
Soaring vaulted ceilings have even greater impact thanks to pitched ceiling beams. Whether in open common spaces, cozy bathrooms, or kitchens, the pitched beams create an impressive airiness and are strikingly elegant.
Natural wooden ceiling beams add warm, rustic earthiness to any space. They also impart a sense of history, as many old structures feature this architectural element. Playing up contrasts, the warm organic wood juxtaposes beautifully with the fresh green-and-blue mural.
Complemented by plenty of natural light, the pitched ceiling beams open the space while adding visual interest to an open-plan living space. Plenty of textures bode well in the almost all-white space while a few navy and yellow accents steal the show.
The exposed ceiling plays a big part in the palette and overall aesthetic of this traditional living room, its honeyed hue complementing the paneled walls, statement lighting fixture, and cobalt leather chairs beautifully. If you've got it, flaunt it, right?
Can you say "dream bedroom"? This all-white haven is complemented by painted ceiling beams and a few black accents to create a refreshingly laid-back yet striking look. If this was our bedroom, we'd never want to leave.
This kitchen with low ceilings is embellished from floor to ceiling with ceramic patterned tiles on the floor and narrow wooden beams on the ceiling, making the space appear longer than it is. Ceiling beams are always an easy way to add architectural character in a space that lacks it.
This is what we mean when we say "just a little bit fairytale." White beams against matching white ceilings make these spaces the epitome of serene and peaceful. These white-on-white interiors have the air of Greek island hideaways—never a bad thing, in our book.
Black-painted wooden beams have a regal, graphic punch, serving as additional texture and pattern in a space. With such striking impact, they look best in already roomy spaces and play beautifully off of complementary accents such as floor-to-ceiling bookcases, organic textures, and cement floors.
The pitched roof and white-painted ceiling beams are the focus in this otherwise simple, pattern-free room. When dealing with such a beautiful blank canvas, it's easy to add in just a few neutral but statement-making pieces to create the perfect laid-back living room we'd all want to live in.
The unique, linear nature of these beams has an almost sculptural impact in this bright bedroom. The focus is brought back down by a multicolored chair, lime green accent table, and yellow comforter and rug, proving once again that an all-white room with ceiling beams is the ideal blank canvas.
A simple IKEA pendant hangs from the ceiling of this relaxed beach house with whitewashed ceiling beams. A blush pink circle is painted on the back wall, creating a focal point to anchor the eye. Add a few gray accents via the rug and the bench and you have yourself a beautifully simple bedroom.
Next up: Forget accent walls—statement ceilings are the new hot trend.
This story was originally published on May 10, 2015, and has since been updated by Gabrielle Savoie.