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If you love the look of exposed wooden beams but your home doesn't have that feature, there are ways to emulate that look. Timber salvage is the best option if you want to create an authentic feel, but beyond that, here are some ideas to consider.
1. Make Floor-to-Ceiling Frames
You don't just have to stick to exposed ceiling beams. You can opt for much larger effects. For example, if you have a great room and you want to create a subtle transition between a sitting area and the kitchen, you may want to line each wall with a salvaged timber beam.
Then, you may want to add a ceiling beam running in between those beams. You can add features like this throughout your home, and they can create the feeling that your home is full of natural, old wooden features.
2. Cover Existing Beams or Supports
Do you have support beams throughout your home? Do you want to remove a wall to open up a space but you aren't sure how to keep the supporting beams and make them look nice? Are there ceiling beams already in place that you don't like?
If you have answered yes to any of those questions, you may want to cover these beams with a piece of salvaged timber. To cover ceiling beams, you need to remove the top and cut out the inside of a salvaged timber beam. Then, you need to attach it to the ceiling over the existing beam.
For supporting beams, you need to cut a large old timber beam in half. Then, you need to hollow out the core. Finally, you need to carefully place the two sides over your existing support beam.
3. Create Faux Ceiling Beams
If your current ceiling is flat, you can add faux ceiling beams to it. So that the beams aren't too heavy for your ceiling, you may want to hollow them out as described above. Then, you need to have a contractor attach them to your ceiling.
To create a realistic look, orient the beams so that they run the same direction as the beams that are hidden behind the gypsum board on your ceiling.
4. Opt for a Flat Wood Ceiling
You don't necessarily need to add beams to your ceiling. Instead, you can opt for a rustic wood ceiling. This is a great option if you can find salvaged timber planks but not beams. With this option, you basically just fit the planks against the ceiling in a fun pattern.