Exposed Beams — Trend or Timeless?

13 Feb Exposed Beams — Trend or Timeless?

Exposed ceiling beams are a an interesting architectural feature that add a unique flair to any space. Have you been thinking of incorporating beams into your home decor, but you aren’t sure if they will complement your design style?


Ceiling beams are a popular home decor element in many homes today. They largely stem from rustic designs; however, they can be incorporated with many design styles. Wooden beams can be added to contrast with a cold, clean look, or it can accentuate an already warm design style. A good rule of thumb is to include exposed beams with styles that typically incorporate natural finishes. This can include rustic, farmhouse, Scandinavian, and traditional. Our advice is to avoid pairing rustic wooden beams with an overly modern design. The texture of the wood can be an eyesore in an otherwise sleek design. For more modern homes, we recommend metal beams instead.


Exposed beams can be incorporated in place of a load-bearing wall, or simply for decorative reasons. We have recently completed two kitchen remodels that included exposed ceiling beams. One remodel incorporated exposed beams because of the removal of a load-bearing wall, while the other included beams to accentuate the design style. The added beams in each home give off a completely different mood; however, they each aesthetically accentuate the room.

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Exposed Beams in a Kitchen Remodel by Balducci Additions and Remodeling

Whether they are used for structural reasons, or for design flair, there is no doubt that exposed beams add visual interest to homeowners and guests alike. It is important to take the room size an ceiling height when considering an exposed beam. Since exposed beams are meant to accentuate a space, it is important to not pick beams that feel to heavy. This can make a space feel claustrophobic. Instead, choose beams that are relatively the same proportion to your decor.


Exposed beams are a great visual element for any space. They can work seamlessly with with many design styles and give your home that extra “flair.” Even though they have become very popular over the last few years, we believe that exposed beams are here to stay in the design world. ¬†Thinking about incorporating exposed beams in your home? It is best to consult a home improvement expert since installing exposed beams can be tricky. Give Balducci Additions and Remodeling a call at 804-730-0982 to schedule an appointment for a free estimate!

  • marja J Lawrecki
    Posted at 19:06h, 13 July

    I have a basement unit that has exposed dark wooden beams in the dining room dating back 109 years. It matches an arch between the dining room and living room and a built in wall hutch in the dining room. Im painting all the dark window and door trim white/ivy white/linen white, but leaving the doors alone. I want to paint the the trim. Im Should I? There is no consensus. What is your suggestion?

    • Christopher
      Posted at 12:50h, 14 July

      Hello Marja, I am so sorry for the late response. Your idea sounds great! If you’d like someone from the office to call you, let me know.