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Exposed beams are a unique architectural feature that deserves to be highlighted in both vintage and modern homes. Depending on the layout of the beams, their coloration, and their size, the room can convey very different aesthetics. In order to draw your ceiling beams into your ideal style, it is wise to carefully choose ceiling lights that fit your aesthetic and highlight the beautiful architecture. To help you achieve your ideal style, we've compiled 25 lighting ideas for beamed ceilings.
Pairing a wood-finished light with wooden ceilings is a great way to establish thematic ties throughout the space. In these cases, be sure that the wood finish of the light is different from the color of the ceiling; in this case, the linear pendant light shows off a warmer wood while the ceiling highlights a darker one. Using this contrasting color in a unifying material is a great way to create a stunning room.
Using multiple pendant lights is common in kitchens, since these lights can naturally highlight peninsulas and kitchen islands. Lining up multiple pendant lights to fit into the space and balance the placement of the beams is a great way to create visual balance, add essential lighting, and define the room's style.
Recessed lights can work well in ceilings with exposed beams. If your room is similar to this den, be sure to place the lights at the edges of the beams and not far back into the ceiling. Hiding the lights too far within the beams will hinder how far the light carries and negatively impact the room's functionality.
Rustic design can indeed lean into modern and contemporary aesthetics through furniture, accessories, and wall color. However, the lighting fixture you include also has a dramatic impact on the tone and style of the entire room. Using an unexpectedly modern light in a traditional cottage space like this room is an ideal way to create a highly unique aesthetic and break away from more common interior design practices.
Lights tying into the aesthetic of the wood beams is vital, but if the room incorporates numerous lighting types, it is important to have some stylistic overlap between all the lighting fixtures. In this case, the common element is rounded lamp shades and cream tones. Though each light has their own unique use of the color, lamp shade, and structure, they work together to create a cohesive and complementary design.
Cottage style homes may not always incorporate exposed wood beams, but they do always highlight natural wood tones and light environments. Whether the room has exposed beams or not, incorporating a white or off-white chandelier can help reinforce the home's cottage aesthetic and create a light and airy style.
Light woods with naturally warm tones are ideally suited for creating a bohemian oasis. To emphasize that style, choose a chandelier that uses a unique texture, a lightweight structure, and muted colors. These areas all help complement the light and airy tones of boho style and can help optimize your room's style.
Some rooms with exposed beams have tall vaulted ceilings that are high enough to be two stories tall. In these cases, your chandelier can hang lower to emphasize the furniture and the areas that it is illuminating. Not only will this positively impact the functionality of the space, but it also will highlight the taller ceiling and the nearby beams.
Interior design styles are frequently blended to create new, personalized aesthetics. Many elements of the room help define its unique style, but the lighting fixtures are an essential part of conveying one or multiple styles. In this case, the central chandelier masterfully conveys mid century style through its use of geometric shapes and the boho style comes through in light center ring and the warm gold finish. Whatever style(s) you fall into, look for a light that completes the room's overarching aesthetic through one or multiple styles.
Interior design does not have to be perfectly symmetrical to create balanced designs. In this kitchen, a lot of features are lined up perfectly: the barstools, the island, the cabinets, and the lights. However, the lights break that symmetry by not being evenly lined up within the wooden beams. It is acceptable and even beneficial to ignore perfect symmetry with the beams in order to place lights in practical settings and line them up with more prominent fixtures like the island.
Ceilings that have many criss-crossing beams and wood accents can be quite busy on their own, but you can still add a distinct chandelier to complement that ceiling. If the ceiling has clean cut lines, then try incorporating a chandelier that uses softer curls and edges to create visual distinction from the ceiling. This is a simple yet effective way to create two stunning details in your ceiling.
Stylish lights can also complement outdoor wood beams and ceilings. When choosing lights for an outdoor setting, is is especially important to look at the lights' dampness rating and safety to ensure that they are able to handle any rain, wind, or weather that they may encounter.
Highlighting natural architecture is a great way to emphasize the charm of the home and reinforce your personal aesthetic. By choosing chandeliers, pendant lights, fans, and other fixtures intentionally, you can create your ideal style and draw attention to the beautiful features of your home.
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