Wooden beams have a way of retaining their charm through decades of interior design trends. Far more than a staple in old-world architecture, these beams provide a visual backbone for a space. They highlight architectural features you love, add contrast and character, and offer a sense of unique structure anywhere in need of an infusion of personality.
Many of the faux beam designs you'll come across focus on living areas, so we're here to talk about another room you can transform -- the kitchen. Both large and small kitchens benefit from that timeless open-beam style.
These are five of our favorite kitchen beam ideas.
In contemporary-modern kitchens, the focus is on sleek surfaces. You won't find much frippery here: simple, unornamented cabinets, sleek stone countertops, and stainless steel appliances are becoming as common as the richly-stained finishes of previous years.
Instead of an abundance of color and deeply-stained woods, you'll see mirror-smooth lacquered finishes--and an emphasis on the shape and character of a space, rather than the stuff you can fill it with.
Open faux wood ceiling beams provide a visual break. They're particularly striking in mostly white or light-colored ceilings and color schemes, where their warmth and texture offer a beautifully-balanced focal point for the eye to rest.
Kitchens often serve as the heart of a home--the hub of all activities (and all delicious food, of course). But in many homes, the entrance to the kitchen is an afterthought.
Rustic beams provide an old-world welcome to a modern kitchen, framing the entrance beautifully, whether it's the width of a double-door or an entire room. This is where larger beams really shine, along with trussed supports on the corners to add architectural detail.
Sleek, modern kitchens can benefit from beams with a bit more polish; smoother surfaces and even stains offer a refined finish, while still retaining the organic look and feel of natural wood. This type of entryway works well in traditional and vintage kitchens as well for those who tend to stay away from rustic textures indoors.
Faux beam window lintels add understated interest to otherwise ordinary aspects of your kitchen. Equally attractive in rustic kitchens and contemporary ones, the application and context of the lintel is everything. Even the most rustic beam can look at home in a space featuring contemporary decor.
When used purposely and sparingly, faux wood beams add warmth, a sense of stability and history, and beautiful visual detail.
In traditional vintage settings, window lintels are often cleanly-finished, stained wood pieces that beautifully complement window treatments. In rustic, Mediterranean, or cabin-like kitchens, these beams tend to be more substantial, with less polish.
Faux wood beams focus attention on a space--from the top down. This results in a variety of different looks and applications, depending on your kitchen and your personal preferences.
Here are some kitchen beam ideas to consider:
Ceiling beams don't have to be placed in perfectly perpendicular patterns to look like they belong.
Criss-crossed ceiling beams, also referred to as coffered, add beautiful contrast and eye-catching style to flat kitchen ceilings. You'll find several examples of these gorgeous ceilings in our gallery.
Faux wood beams can also cover just half of your kitchen ceiling, highlighting the dining half or the culinary half. Don't be afraid to break a few design rules here and there.
As you consider your design options, keep in mind that the fewer beams you use in your space, the more substantial they'll likely need to be to add enough visual weight and interest to justify their presence.
Really large beams can be showstoppers. Smaller beams in larger numbers can highlight the bones of your kitchen to create the established, architectural feel you're going for.
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