If you have rustic wood beams, they can be used in a variety of ways to accent your home. One thing for sure, they can blend with just about any style design, from industrial modern.... to country french... to Scandinavian... to an eclectic style. The wood from beams adds a wonderful texture that homeowners love, which can make a home feel inviting!
To ensure rustic beams blend well with your furnishings, consider 3 factors:
1) Color tones of the wood beams.
Does the wood color work well next to your hardwood floors, your rugs and furniture? Notice the before below, the rug had a busy print, we replaced it with a natural fiber sisal rug. We moved the table & chairs to the kitchen, (and brought the kitchen set to the dining room). The homeowner had always wanted to do so, but felt the set was too small. By adding a contrast host & hostess chair, this dining set was finally large enough to be in the dining room.
These beautiful wood beams are from the early 1900's. This homeowner used them in a beautiful way, as a frame around an entrance way. We love their choice for including them in their new home!
AFTER (Before Below)
2) Styles and personality
Ask yourself what style you want your home to convey. Do you like a mountain lodge look? A beach style? Or modern with an industrial flare (think reclaimed wood and brick walls). Or, do you prefer more eclectic, colorful and fun? In the above home, the homeowner wanted colorful local art, and unique accessories. The abstract art, large round mirror and fun accent pieces help achieve the look they desired. We brought options to view in the home, which made the homeowner's selection process easy. Often interior designers have access to wonderful options, due to "to the trade" showrooms.
3) Size and Scale
Notice in the "after" photo the black stained buffet. This is a nice look next to the rustic wood beams. It's smaller than the buffet that was there before, which we moved into a much larger space (the great room with taller ceilings).
Rustic wood beams can make a home feel so warm and welcoming! You aren't limited to using them as columns or as a fireplace mantle, they can be used anywhere your imagination takes you. For more ideas:
- Perhaps as a shelf in a mini bar (see photo below)
- In a wasted corner of a kitchen (see photo below)
In the home shown at right, the rustic beams add a nice industrial flare. By pairing them with stainless steel and brick, the texture of the beams makes quite a statement!
Do you have ideas you'd like to share? Click the word comment below. Or, for questions, be sure to email us instead.
Rustic or reclaimed wood in brown tones will give a completely different effect than wood with a light white wash over it. A whitewash stain instills more of a beach or coastal mood. When you add another texture such as iron, steel or brick to the mix, reclaimed wood is even more appealing!