Welcome to our fantastic gallery of kitchens with ceilings featuring exposed wooden beams. Coming from an industrial-style source of inspiration, keeping exposed wooden beams brings an incredible robustness to a room.
Keeping raw organic materials – like wood – on display, bring an inevitable sense of warmth to a room. It makes it feel inviting, rustic, yet grand all at the same time. And what’s more, leaving these beams on display ends up bringing all sorts of new opportunities for decor as well!
Suddenly you can incorporate lighting to the room in unique ways, you can add plants to the ceiling to places you couldn’t before, and all sorts of other structural benefits that come with having the literally foundation of the house exposed for your use.
This article is going to go through 35 different kitchen designs that have ceilings with exposed wooden beams. Hopefully while scrolling you find some inspiration for your very own home projects. I certainly did!
1. The Outside-In Kitchen
Starting out very strong here, we have an absolutely gorgeous kitchen design that is truly inviting the outside in. You’re introduce to the room from the outside, where you have tiles with greenery growing in between them, and a tree that almost feels like it’s growing into the kitchen.
You don’t see too many of the details of the kitchen, but you don’t necessarily have to to know that you’d enjoy making your coffee here every morning. The huge glass doors are enough to make me happy for the rest of my life.
We have gorgeous dark hardwood exposed beams on the ceiling, and darker wooden accents are found all throughout the kitchen accessories as well. White walls, cabinets, and lighter colored tiling make the room feel wonderfully clean, and the whole space has a general air of lightness and serenity that I can’t get over.
2. The Nook for Two Kitchen
I mean, who doesn’t love a nook? I absolutely adore the design of this kitchen – incorporating the breakfast nook directly into the prep area, and using the back of the nook as the countertops. Truly a genius move which I will be stealing if I ever get to design my own home.
We find a lot of wood in this kitchen design, from the flooring to the nook itself and its matching table, we’ve gotten wooden cabinets and gorgeous and sturdy wooden beams running along the ceiling as well. You can see the designer took advantage of this feature to incorporate some rail lighting into the room.
3. The Grand Kitchen
Holy cow, this is an impressive kitchen! The ceilings are so tall that the walls demanded a second row of windows just to fill in the space! I find sometimes that wooden beams can close in a room a bit, but that isn’t even a factor when you have a room so huge.
Travelling downwards, the dark wooden cabinetry looks lovely against the white, soft edged walls and ceramic tiles we have for a backsplash. We’re incorporating all sorts of different materials in this room, with a gorgeous stone archway in the back, and a very generous marble kitchen island in the centre.
4. The Country Cottage Kitchen
I think this is a very lovely room, though some may find that certain aspects are a wee bit outdated. I love the light clay ceilings and the super rustic, squared wooden beams lining the ceiling. We follow a similar color scheme throughout the rest of the room in the was and window framings, as well at the kitchen cabinets and the wooden kitchen island.
I think the bones are beautiful – especially the lighter colored hardwood flooring – but we could update the kitchen table a bit and the rug underneath it. Replace the chandelier and pendant lights with maybe some paper lanterns or even colored pendant lights, and you could really spice up the place!
5. The Kitschy Kitchen
I really really really like this space. I am an absolute sucker for tiling, and I’m even more of a sucker for tiling that is not only found all over the walls of the kitchen, but they are also found extended throughout the house as well!
Though the rest of the room design is rather simple, the tiling really brings it to a fun place. Personally I think I would have chosen a white marble countertop instead of black marble to really let the red pop in the tile, but hey, that’s just me.
We have very modest wooden beams on the ceilings, but the color matches perfectly with the dark hardwood floors. I’m also in love with the vintage looking gas stove with four different oven doors! Incredible!
6. The Kitchen Fit for the Gods
Though this isn’t totally one of my favorite aesthetics, I know people who would go absolutely crazy over this kitchen space. Firstly, the distressed effect on the kitchen cabinets is so expertly done, my mom would lose her marbles!
The stucco faux-finish walls with rounded archways bring a real elegance and adobe-esque feel to the room. The stone work found in the backsplash is truly something to behold, and I really appreciate the stone vent above the stove. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something like that before!
The lovely distressed wood floors go great with the wooden beam ceiling, and the kitchen island the with marble countertop really ties the whole room together. And don’t think I didn’t notice those incredible double ovens over there!
7. The Gable Roofed Kitchen
I wish every room in my home had a ceiling like this. The incredible vaulted ceiling is so impressive with the faux-finish ceilings and white wooden beams meeting up at a point. The curved window on the end just brings it to a whole other level of specialness.
I only wished that someone was actually moved in to this kitchen so that we could see it in all its glory! The huge wooden features are not only great for storage space but bring some warmth to the cool-toned tiles and kitchen cabinets.
8. The Cozy Cozy Kitchen
This is just the cutest and coziest kitchen! It’s so quaint and perfectly sized, and you even have a couple seats on the other side of the kitchen island for a couple guests to sip on wine and watch you make dinner.
It’s not often that you see exposed brick in a kitchen space, but it goes right along with the industrial style that we find in the exposed beams and lining on the ceiling as well. Lighting is incorporated in all the right spaces in this design. They are especially effective when placed in the cabinets, it seems to extend the size of the whole room.
I love the white stone countertops, hardwood cabinetry, and we bring in some elegance with some dark tiling on the floor (I bet those are heated, too). A really special room that would be perfect for your home or at your mountain cabin.
9. The Vacation Home Kitchen
I have a feeling that this might be a bit of a party house, or maybe that’s just because I can imagine myself throwing a party at this house. The options are endless, especially when you have ceilings that high! I must say that is one of the most gorgeous exposed-wood ceilings I’ve ever seen.
The theme for the rest of the room is black & tan. We see that with the wooden stairs and corresponding black handrail, in the wooden cabinets and black counters, even in the bar stools. We have all of the perfect appliances in this kitchen, all brought together in perfect industrial-style harmony.
10. The Heavenly Home Kitchen
I know that I’ve probably said it a handful of times already, but this has to be one of my favorite places I’ve ever seen. (I’m capable of having more than one favorite at a time okay?) I simply adore a slanted ceiling, and to make matters even better this one is lined with gorgeous hardwood.
This is a really sleek design when you look at it, with a stainless steel fridge and what looks like mirrored cabinets on one side. However, this vibe is completely changed when we consider the absolutely INCREDIBLE solarium that’s attached to the kitchen.
Wherever this house is, it looks like paradise outside, and the designer understood it was essential to somehow incorporate the outdoors to the indoors, and they did this perfectly by creating this in between space with the solarium. Genius. Perfect. I love it.
11. The Eggshell Blue Kitchen
This kitchen has a really classic look to it, and I am here for it. I can picture a whole family preparing a bunch of pies for a bake sale in this room, and the key is that every person would have enough room to do whatever they needed to.
That’s the beauty of utilizing two sides of a room. Many kitchens have an open concept so you sacrifice a bunch of prep space, but in this case you have literally nothing but prep space throughout the whole kitchen. I love the eggshell cabinet paints, it goes wonderfully with the terracotta tiles.
There’s elegance in this room, there’s classic touches, there’s a farmhouse sink (adore) and we even have an A frame ceiling ready to rumble with super rustic and what looks like the original support beams for the house in the ceiling.
12. The Rustic Chic Kitchen
I think the thing that I like most about this room is the overall flow of the space. I think the ovular kitchen is a really neat feature, making it a space where you can cook a meal, witness a person cook a meal, and eat a meal all in one.
We’ve got gorgeous and antique-looking wooden floors, bringing you towards the custom kitchen island with rose colored marble. This is a lovely feature that matches the tiled back splash in front of the pristine looking stainless steel stove.
The room is expertly lightened up by the cream colored countertops, along with the ivory walls. The ivory ceiling looks especially gorgeous with those exposed hardwood beams. The subtle pot lights in between the beams bring the neatness of this room to a whole other level. I especially love the color pop coming from those kelly green kitchen stools!
13. The Best Room in the House
Now this is what I call a party room! This reminds me of a gorgeous chalet I stayed at with my partner’s family in Aspen, where 12 people could easily all hang out in one room with plenty of space to lounge. This is a kitchen, dining room, and living room all rolled into one, but it doesn’t feel cramped whatsoever.
Each room has its own thing going on. The kitchen has gorgeous rustic cabinetry, dark stools, and beautiful marble countertops. The dining room has a beautiful Persian rug, dark leather chairs and a dark hardwood table.
I especially love the living room space, with an extravagant stone fireplace (can you tell I like fireplaces), huge windows, and comfortable seating. These 3 spaces are all brought together by that incredible vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. I bet they enjoy decorating those around the holidays!
14. The Entirely Wooden Room
Now I don’t think that everyone is going to like this room, but I think that it is totally worth making the list simply because it a room that is made almost PURELY from wood. This is a log cabin taken completely to the next level.
I love how the ceiling not only exposes the wood foundation of the house, but the fact that the foundation still has the shape of logs. That same effect is brought down to the walls, and I almost wish that the designer had decided to keep it going and bring in some wood flooring instead of tile – but I understand the decision.
This is a quaint kitchen with lovely wooden cabinetry, simple countertops, and modest accessories. But I can just picture myself baking a pie in this kitchen and letting it sit right there on the windowsill to cool down. Can’t you?
15. The Tuxedo Kitchen
I really love the color scheme of this kitchen design. You really can’t ever go wrong with black and white, and in this case it brings a really crisp and elegant feel to the kitchen space. I gotta say that that completely black oven in the back is really calling my name in all the right ways.
The elegant, cream colored cabinetry is so elegant, while the black accents bring some drama and pop to the space. I personally would have chosen a different colored floor tile – other than sand – but that’s just me. I also enjoy the exposed wooden beams found on the ceiling, bringing some casualness and an organic element to this fancy kitchen.
16. The Minimalist at its Finest Kitchen
Now there may not be very much going on this kitchen, but a lot can be done with a little. Of course, the absolutely gorgeous and robust vaulted ceiling (which is actually just the roof of the entire structure) is such a statement piece that it allows for such serious minimalism in the rest of the room.
Firstly, I adore the idea of a lofted kitchen, and I love it even more when it comes with concrete flooring, sleek countertops, and what looks like a brass drop down sink. The white walls and banister really make the color scheme pop.
17. The Attic Style Kitchen
Here we have another glorious kitchen that is utilizing an attic space as the place to cook your food. I’m so curious to know the history of this room, because there are so many things going on that seemingly don’t go together (but I find they work anyway).
I love the brick back wall with what appears to be a pizza oven in the back. The vaulted ceiling with sky lights brings so much character to the space, and I love the overall circle shape of the kitchen with a hexagon kitchen island in the centre. That’s not something you see every day!
I think the room could really do with a flooring update and definitely a new dining table set, and I am so curious to know what lies beyond those windows that peek into the rest of the home!
18. The Stone Room Kitchen
Now here is a room that I have never seen anything come close to. Here we don’t just have exposed wooden beam vaulted ceilings, but we have an entire room with exposed stone. I am incredibly curious to know if this is the foundation of the house or this was an intentional design.
What a dramatic idea for a kitchen. I do personally find that the stainless steel countertops, cabinets, and sinks make for a little bit too cold of a look, but I understand why there are many others out there who would love it.
We have a couple windows letting the daylight in, and it looks like the curiously shaped triangle window is showing us at this kitchen is on the first floor and it’s perpendicular to another part of the home. Such a unique design.
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19. The Inside a Tree Trunk Kitchen
Oh gosh, there is something that really gets me when it comes to simplistic designs. This kitchen is tiny, but it is doing so much by doing so little, you know? I called this one the tree trunk kitchen because it feels so quaint that it could be just that, especially since the entire thing is wooden.
This design is thanks to Taller Héctor Barroso. The cabinetry work is just stunning, especially how well they’re able to conceal just how much storage space is actually in there. I love how you can’t even tell that there’s a fridge in the room (it’s to the right) and though I could never survive without an oven, I may just try if it meant I could use this kitchen every day.
20. The Kitchen by the Sea
This is such an extravagant kitchen. The U-shape for the room is such a smart idea, since it allows for so much storage, space, so much seating space, but it actually is way more space saving than a kitchen island would be.
The back wall we see is dedicated to the fridge, cabinets, and double oven, where the U-shaped counters are we we have extra storage, a farmhouse style sink, and a lovely wooden bar for seating (which I must say matches the dramatic exposed beams in the ceiling. And can we talk about this view? This design is courtesy of Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects.
21. The Space Odyssey Kitchen
Eek! I just find this kitchen design so much fun! I think I only called this one the Space Odyssey kitchen because of the funky UFO shaped light on the ceiling and nifty little porthole on the left hand wall. Whatever the inspiration is, I am here for it.
The long, rectangular centre kitchen island is so intelligently designed with having a couple shelving units running along the back side. Having a raised countertop to the prep area adds some great dimension to the area. We’ve got a very sleek cabinet design on the back wall with no shortage of storage space as well.
The light sandy colored tiles are simply gorgeous (I bet those are heated, too) and match the color of the cabinets wonderfully. The white walls that match the countertops I find works so wonderfully in this space, and the pot lights built in to the exposed wooden ceiling is such a sleek touch. This design is courtesy of Hughes Umbanhowar Architects.
22. The Slate and Paper Kitchen
A beautiful modern looking kitchen here. Gorgeous dark gray slate tiles really make the white countertops and kitchen island pop. The window frames match the warm wood of the exposed beam ceiling, and the paper pendant lanterns bring some warmth and fun to the room.
The dark gray cabinets really bring the modern feel to the space, especially when paired with those stainless steel kitchen stools and matching stainless steel kitchen appliances. A lovely and simple design that has all the right things in all the right places, courtesy of Baran Studio.
23. The Sexy Kitchen
Wow! What a special room. This kitchen is modern, it’s rustic, it’s unique, and it’s simply gorgeous when you boil it all down and mix it into a stew. Starting with that gorgeous panoramic window, any room could be the best room in the house with a view like that.
The lovely cherry colored wood flooring seems to bleed right up into the side panels of the kitchen island. I really appreciate the hallway style of the kitchen, making sure that you have prep space on either side of you.
The room feels extra incredible when you take into consideration the stunning A frame ceiling with exposed wood and rail lighting built right in. A wonderful touch. This design is courtesy of Philip M Dingemanse Architecture + Design.
24. The Eclectic Kitchen
We have Studio Arte to thank for this very unique and fun kitchen design. It’s a very smart design considering that the space is overall quite narrow, but long. You can tell just how narrow by taking a peek at those gorgeous, dark hardwood beams on the ceiling.
High ceilings are a blessing, and they work so well in this space. Beautiful pendant lights hanging from the ceiling add even more length, while brick-style flooring brings a ton of warmth and dimension. The narrow kitchen island is a great spot for doing prep or just placing a giant bowl of oranges!
The dining room table set is so homey and beautiful, while the faux-finish looking light walls bring some much needed light, especially when paired with those gorgeous sheer curtains.
25. The Fireplace Kitchen
Now I know that I’ve said it a million times already, but I really just lose my marbles whenever there is a fireplace in a room, especially when that room is a kitchen! Now that is quite a rarity. This concrete fireplace opens on both sides, which is an even better addition.
I find that the white painted brick and white cabinets go so nicely with the vaulted hardwood beams on the ceiling, which in turn compliments the light birchwood flooring. Stainless steel pendant lights bring some minimalism to the space, and mid century modern chairs really bring it all together. We have Rover Building Company to thank for this wonderful design.
26. The Lakeside Cabin Kitchen
Now this is certainly a dreamy kitchen if I ever saw one. I love a lakeside cabin getaway, and I like it even more when it allows me to imagine cooking a whole crab bake it I felt like it. The room is gorgeous from tip to toe, starting with the white painted exposed wooden beams on the ceiling.
The white facade continues into the window framing and the cabinetry. This effect looks extra dramatic against the antique-looking wooden floors. This is a kitchen/dining room combo, which I find very smart. This way you can use the dining table as extra prep area if you need, and you can also have people hang around during the meal prep as well.
We’ve got state of the art stainless steel kitchen appliances with a matching hood vent, but where the real special aspect of the room is is in the deck that is just off the kitchen french doors. You can walk right out of the dining area into the outdoors, and that is the true test of a lakeside vacation cabin. This design is thanks to Trulia.
27. The Country Cottage Kitchen
I simply adore this room. And considering the angle that the photographer used to capture this room, you can probably tell that their favorite feature of this room is the wooden beams and hanging pots we have dangling from the super rustic (yet chic) ceiling.
The creamy green color used for the cabinets really bring a country-style home feel to the space, and it just goes so wonderfully with the dark hardwood, especially with the natural sunlight coming in from those big windows.
What really brings this room to the next level is that super classy farmhouse kitchen with white ceramic that is built right in to the centre kitchen island. And with a gold tap might I add? The whole design is perfection, and this design is courtesy of Zillow Digs.
28. The Red Zone Kitchen
I truly appreciate a designer that isn’t afraid of color, and it’s obvious that the designer in this case was particularly not afraid of red. We’ve got red tiles, bright red cabinets, and cherry stained hardwood floors as well.
The white painted wooden ceilings with dark hardwood beams are incredibly lovely, but I’m not completely sure that the bright red cabinets go with the room. I find a pale blue could look incredibly lovely, especially since it’s a complimentary color to red!
The cute, spherical hanging pendant lights bring a bit of a diner vibe to the space which I love, especially when considering the backsplash tile. I always love the shape of a hallway kitchen, and this one is super spacious, indeed! This design is coming from Zillow DigsTM.
29. The Bright n’ White Kitchen
This is truly a picture perfect kitchen. This is the type of kitchen that demands its very own cooking channel. I find that having lighter colors throughout the entire kitchen and adding a dark floor to the space adds so much height and dimension, and the stark contrast always looks classy.
The centre island is just the right size, and something really special about this room is the small butchers block with blue legs hanging off the side of the island. So convenient, so kitschy.
The gray brick backsplash is adorable, and funnily enough it matches the pots hanging from the ceiling and other kitchen appliances perfectly. The ceilings are perfect, the pendant lights are gorgeous – I have no notes! This design is graciously provided by Zillow Digs TM.
30. The Circle Kitchen
Honestly, this kitchen design isn’t my absolute favorite, but I felt that it deserved to make the list because I’ve never seen a kitchen this shape before, and I’ve also never seen a windmill contraption like that in a kitchen before either!
Circular designs end up feeling so organic, and the flow that this room has because of the circular countertop and corresponding island is simply spectacular. It is accentuated even further when you notice the sunflower-esque wooden beaming on the ceiling.
When it comes to the rest of the room, the marble countertops are obviously gorgeous, but I think the room could really benefit from some color variation to bring some contrast and dimension. But that’s just me! This design is coming from Zillow Digs TM.
31. The Earthship Kitchen
You don’t really notice how square standardly designed rooms are until you see one with rounded edges. And oh my goodness, is it ever pleasing. This room is providing us with some adobe inspired foundational shaping, but I can’t actually tell if it’s made from clay!
It’s like the appliances are built right into the foundation of the home, bringing a very grounded and almost home grown feel to the space. And I gotta say, that exposed wood and beams found on this ceiling are some of the most glorious in this entire collection.
I do believe that some white cabinetry could bring this kitchen to a whole other level, but I love the overall shape and style of the kitchen island – especially with the two levelled countertop. This design is courtesy of Zillow Digs TM.
32. The Adobe Home Kitchen
This is truly a heavenly room to me. I’ve always loved adobe homes, and the addition of the french doors and little peeping window on the other side makes this room so incredibly cozy and adorable, I may save it for my house plans later on in life.
Of course, the tiny fireplace in the corner is just to die for, and the warm, terracotta colored tiles really tie the whole room together, especially when you notice the tiled countertops as well. Truly a beautiful kitchen design, and it’s coming from Zillow Digs TM.
33. The Tiki Bar Kitchen
When it comes to tiki bars, people either love them or hate them. Whether you love or hate them, they are without a doubt super tacky, but in this case I use tacky as a term of endearment. Additionally, when you happen to notice the tropical scenery outside, the tiki theme somehow becomes completely necessary.
The panoramic windows found here are really something to behold, and bring a lot of air to the space. The super sleek countertops and cabinets are a nice contrast to the rustic and quaint kitchen island and matching chairs.
Once you start to notice the foundation of the room only do you understand how special it is. The wooden beams look like they’re almost supporting a palm frond ceiling, and the huge pillar to the right of the room is quite a statement piece. Whether you love or hate tiki, you can’t deny this is a special room. This design is thanks to Zillow Digs TM.
34. The Panoramic Kitchen
Again we see a room with a black and white color scheme, and you can’t help but be envious of the person who lives here. This kitchen boasts a huge amount of storage space under all the white cabinetry with black handles.
The panoramic windows on the left hand side bring you to a beautiful scene, and underneath we spot a gorgeous ceramic farmhouse sink, and sand colored kitchen counters. The room starts to get really impressive on the right hand side once you see that completely insane EIGHT burner stove. Remarkable.
The dark hardwood flooring really lifts the height of the room, and the lovely slanted white wooden ceiling brings a little bit of uniqueness. This design is brought to you by Trulia.
35. The Esoteric Kitchen
And here we have another truly unique and almost brutalist kitchen design. This room almost makes you feel like you’re underground with the stone walls, metal window frames and appliances, and the absolutely gorgeous cream colored marble countertops.
I always love a kitchen that is longer than it is wide, and this kitchen does that very well. There is so much counter space and storage space I’d be pressed to find someone capable of actually using it all. We find even more drama in the huge exposed wooden beams in the ceiling, and the built in pot lights around them.
This is a spectacular kitchen design on all counts, one so fancy, that the folks actually have room to put artwork in their food zone. Wild! This design is coming at you from the fantastic folks at Zillow DigsTM.