When you’re considering a home renovation, your first thought is often painting the walls, or replacing some furniture. For an even bigger impact and more unique look, why not consider adding ceiling beams? Exposed ceiling beams bring height and length to the room by drawing the eye upward. They create coziness with the warm appearance of natural wood and add dramatic style to any space. Best of all, this wildly popular trend in today’s home is a surprisingly simple, budget-friendly way to dramatically transform a room.
Why Use Faux Beams?
While impressive, ceiling beams made of real wood are extremely heavy, and require upkeep to prevent damage that can be caused by aging and pests. When working with salvaged wood beams, you may have difficulty finding the right size for your project; and when you do, you might discover that many are damaged from previous use. Installation of real wood beams is also expensive. It requires special equipment and tools, and if you want to make sure that the beams are safely installed, you’ll need to pay for professional help.
Faux wood beams are a smart choice when you want the look of ceiling beams, but don’t require the structural support of real wood. Made from high-density polyurethane, faux wood beams are lightweight and easy to install. They can be customized to fit your vision and budget, don’t require maintenance and look indistinguishable from the real thing. You can find beams in various styles and textures to mimic the character of almost any wood, so your new beams will look as if they were originally built into your home. There are even options that replicate the look of older, weathered beams with natural grain patterns.
If you’d like to get even more creative, you can use faux beams as door trim and mantels. Coordinating these with your ceiling beams will create an impressive, cohesive design. Looking for inspiration? Here are five ways you can incorporate faux wood beams into your renovation plans.
Rustic Kitchen Ceiling
If your home’s design lends itself to a rustic or farmhouse style, rough-hewn faux wood beams will look incredible in your kitchen. They replicate the appearance of genuine rough-hewn beams, right down to the pronounced lines, ridges and grooves. Paired with a white-washed wall and natural design elements, they can make your kitchen feel airy and welcoming. Hang your pots and pans on the wall to complete the rustic look!
Elegant Master Bedroom
Your master bedroom should make you feel relaxed and ready for rest the moment you step through the door. Installing a heritage faux wood beam along the center of your ceiling will create a sense of warmth and coziness. These beams mimic the appearance of older, weathered or distressed beams with sweeping lines and a more jagged grain pattern. The result is the feeling of an aged-wood construction that has endured the years and elements. Outfit your bed with neutral-colored linens and pillows to finish this timeless look.
Farmhouse Family Room
To create a room where guests and loved ones will feel comfortable and welcome, try a rough sawn faux wood beam design. Spacing several beams along the ceiling like rafters will echo the comforting style of a classic farmhouse. These beams have the look of freshly milled wood, imitating the coarse texture created by the large saw blades used at mills. Add a coordinating mantle to your fireplace to bring the aesthetic together. You can use corbel scroll, corbel chamfered and corbel crown.
Arched Vaulted Great Room
Take advantage of your home’s high ceilings by installing arched beams in your great room, living room or dining room. The elegant curve of an arched beam will emphasize the height of the space without making it feel too cavernous. Arched beams made from real wood are cost-prohibitive because of the extensive process required to create them. Faux wood beams bring the same grandeur for a fraction of the cost.
Coordinate your door trim with a central beam from our woodland faux beam collection to create a beautiful entryway. Woodland beams feature a raised-grain wood texture that’s lightly distressed and colored to flawlessly simulate real wood. Use them to add warmth to your home as you welcome guests.
The Barron Designs Promise
When you choose faux wood beams from Barron Designs, you are ensuring that your project will turn out exactly as planned. Our beams are easily customizable to fit your design needs, and can be trimmed to fit using a regular hand saw — no special tools or skills required. Once installed, your maintenance-free beams won’t crack or fade over time. Shop BarronDesigns.com today, and bring your design dreams to life!