Design and Decor

How to hide the shortcomings of the interior with decorative beams


Recently, decorative beams of steelUsed more often. This technique not only looks good, but also helps to correct the geometry of the interiors. About what can be smoothed with the help of beams and how to make them - read here When it comes to decorative beams, one immediately recalls thousand-year English pubs; Half-timbered houses in the German Black Forest - it was there that the Grimm brothers collected folk legends for their fairy tales; Small village hotels in Northern France and other old, but terribly cozy places.

How to make beams yourself

Surprisingly, the beams (both ceiling and support)can be used in modern interiors, including apartments. This will not make your home medieval, but it may well become one of the main decorative elements. The essence of the technology is simple. A solid wooden bar with a thickness of at least 15 cm is treated in a special way, so that it ceases to seem new and smooth, painted with a translucent stain so that the texture of the tree is visible, and then attached to the ceiling or walls. You can do all this yourself. Great accuracy is not required - here the more textured, the more interesting. Editorial opinion: - When decorating an apartment, it is more convenient to use trompe l'oeil beams, they are called false beams. The false beam is synthetic, lightweight and hollow inside, it is quite easy to install it. It is good because inside such a bar you can hide wires or a pipe that cannot be removed under the plaster, or, for example, you can mount spotlights into it.

Beams as a functional element

Beams can be ceiling beams (in this case, theirfixed over the already finished, painted ceiling), vertical (in this case, they go between the floor and the ceiling, sometimes not vertically, but slightly at an angle) or framing (they can surround a window or something else). Initially, the beams served as supporting structures, but this is completely irrelevant to us. Although if there is a need - then, of course, why not. Most often, you want to install beams as a decorative element, but they can also carry a fairly significant functional load.

On a note!

  • Beams are often used where it is necessary to dividePlacement on the zones without erecting walls. So they like to do in countries where it is not accepted to have supper in the kitchen - such a through partition in this case separates the dining area from the rest of the living room. The same can be done in the kitchen or, for example, to divide the areas in the study or nursery. In these cases, fit and vertical beams, partitions, and one (but usually very large) ceiling.
  • Another interesting point is the change in perceptionSpace. Cross beams on the ceiling "compress" - in this case, the room visually seems shorter than it really is. It can come in handy to make more proportional, for example, a narrow and long kitchen or corridor. Longitudinal beams produce the opposite effect, that is, "pull" the room.
  • Framing beams are usually used to highlight some particularly advantageous element (window or fireplace) or disguise an unsuccessful (say, window bevels, which could not be repaired).
  • Make an interior with the installation of beams and can be in the apartment, and even more so - in the house. There for this decorating reception there are many possibilities. Opinion of the Editorial Board: - Beams are usually associated with Europe, but in fact, you can create any interior - from the classical European to the ranch, Japanese, African or tropical. Well the beams look built-in loft or Scandinavian style - the tree "softens" such interiors, makes them warmer. Beam design requires a careful approach to the choice of furniture and textiles, but all together it will look very cozy, home-like and even a little fabulous.