Because they are light, faux beams can be used in a myriad of ways and styles. You can use them horizontally or vertically. Some can be used outside as well as inside and so on. Be creative and aim for a style that makes you happy. Here are 9 ideas to get you started.
1. Ceiling Beams
The most popular place to install faux wood beams is on the ceiling. Faux ceiling beams create a certain elegant, yet warm character. They can be used in the bedroom, living room or the kitchen. With so many finishing options available, you have endless ways to style your ceiling. Many homeowners go with the aged look, where faux wood beams are designed to look like old and weathered wood.
You can also opt for dark finishes, especially if you want to create contrast against a bright white ceiling and walls. Check what a certain dealer has in stock and compare them among available finishing styles to find the one perfect for your home.
Beyond color, you can also choose the shape of the beams. Most fake ceiling beams stretch straight across the ceiling. If you want a bit more character, use curved ceiling beams. For an even more ornate design, go for a combination of curved, angled, and straight beams.
2. Transitional Decor
Modern homes have increasingly taken on an open design with transitional decor and seamless movement from one space to another. But it is still important to have a visual separation between two or more different spaces, such as the kitchen and the living room, the dining area, and the sitting area. Faux wood beams can be used to create this demarcation. For example, you can use faux ceiling beams in the living area only, leaving the kitchen ceiling bare. You can also use different styles of ceiling beams in both spaces. Another trick is to frame the wide entryway between the kitchen and living area using faux beams. It creates the effect of open yet clear separation. Another idea is to use vertical beams to partially cut off the dining area from the sitting area.
3. Wall Decor
Faux wood beams can be used horizontally as well as vertically. For instance, you can create an accent wall using thick beams of faux wood. They can even be a smooth continuation of ceiling beams, in effect creating an unbroken flow from the ceiling to the wall. Talk with your contractor on how you can make your walls pop using faux wood beams.
4. Cloak Support Beams
Support beams can be an eyesore and a distraction from the decor of a space. This is an especially common problem in the basement. One genius idea is to cover up the support beams with faux wood beams. Suddenly the space looks ornate, warm and even luxurious. Make sure you choose a finishing that blends or contrasts well with existing decor.
5. Exterior Decor
Faux wood beams are not just for use inside the house. Most of the polyurethane beams used can also be put on the exterior, but make sure to check specifications before exposing the beams to the elements. You can use faux wood beams on your porch, outdoor kitchen, or to create a unique style on your exterior walls.
6. Framed Doorways
If you have a large door-less entryway (such as from the kitchen to the living area), give it more character by framing it with faux wood beams.
7. Decorative Non-Support Pillars
If you love the look of wooden support pillars right in the middle of your living space, you can achieve the same style using faux wood beams. The only difference is that the beams will be purely decorative with no load bearing responsibilities at all.
8. Add Lighting to Your Beams
Instead of hanging your lighting from the ceiling, install them on a faux wood beam. You can use this trick above your kitchen working area or above the dining table.
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9. Make Your Hallways More Interesting
Faux wood beams do not have to be confined inside main spaces, such as the living room or bedroom. If you have a boring hallway that could use some decorating, faux wood beams are a safe and low cost option. You can choose to have a series of ceiling beams run along the length of the hallway ceiling or to find a way to position them on the walls.
The Faux Trend
The ‘faux’ trend is quickly catching on in home decor. From faux tiles to faux wood beams, technology has been a real lifesaver, allowing homeowners to enjoy high-end styles at affordable costs.
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