32 Spectacular Living Room Designs with Exposed Beams

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Luxurious living room with exposed beam ceiling.



Welcome to our gallery featuring a gorgeous array of luxurious living rooms with exposed beam ceilings.

Exposed beams are always a striking addition to any space, no matter the design or style.

The main function of exposed beams is that they flip the traditional practice of concealing the architecture on its head. Instead of hiding the construction elements of the home, they reveal the “bones” of a home and show them off in classy fashion.

Beyond exposing the rich structural elements of a home, exposed beams grant a natural and compelling contrast to any interior space. The juxtaposition of building materials and the facades that surround them is endlessly fascinating.

We most often see exposed natural wood beams within grand rooms that stand below a vaulted ceiling. The standard A-frame construction of the beams feels rustic, old fashioned, and ultimately durable.

Another place we often see exposed beams is when they’re worked into a standard ceiling design, as in our top featured photo, above. The gentle application of the thick beams adds visual complexity and a sense of rugged timelessness to the room.

Because the beams themselves often evoke a rustic charm, you might be thinking that they don’t belong in a modern setting. However, we have a variety of rooms in this gallery that prove exposed beams can feature prominently and sympathetically in virtually any style of space.

Modern and contemporary rooms often use the beams as a textural contrast, while some attempt to blend the entire look into a more homogenous style.

No matter the look of the home interior or the style of the setting, a solid set of exposed beams can and will truly elevate the atmosphere.

Within our gallery, you’re sure to find some inspiration and surprise with the astounding variety of placement and style of exposed beams.

This vast living room stands beneath a soaring vaulted ceiling, entirely in rich natural wood. The exposed A-frame beams hang just above the white walls, adding contrast and detail over the elegant space.

This vast living room stands beneath a soaring vaulted ceiling, entirely in rich natural wood. The exposed A-frame beams hang just above the white walls, adding contrast and detail over the elegant space.

The warm red tile flooring and white walls make for a rich contrast in this living room, beneath a sleek wood panel ceiling with exposed rustic-style beams. The vast room is surrounded by windows and features a large fireplace.

The warm red tile flooring and white walls make for a rich contrast in this living room, beneath a sleek wood panel ceiling with exposed rustic-style beams. The vast room is surrounded by windows and features a large fireplace.

Here's a more contemporary living room design, with white walls, hardwood flooring, and wide arch entries. The white ceiling features the high contrast appearance of rich natural wood exposed beams.

Here’s a more contemporary living room design, with white walls, hardwood flooring, and wide arch entries. The white ceiling features the high contrast appearance of rich natural wood exposed beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects.

In this expansive open-plan room, the living room glows with the warmth of hardwood flooring and bright wood curved beams crossing the ceiling. Large openings toward a balcony blur the line between indoors and out.

In this expansive open-plan room, the living room glows with the warmth of hardwood flooring and bright wood curved beams crossing the ceiling. Large openings toward a balcony blur the line between indoors and out.

This open plan living room sports a high contrast look with dark hardwood flooring and white walls and ceiling. The vaulted ceiling is crossed with white exposed beams for a truly unified look.

This open plan living room sports a high contrast look with dark hardwood flooring and white walls and ceiling. The vaulted ceiling is crossed with white exposed beams for a truly unified look.

See more of this home here. Designed by Baahouse + Baastudio.

Here's a bold modern room with rustic natural wood touches throughout, including the log-style exposed beam ceiling. With a pair of lofts flanking the space, it makes the most of its height.

Here’s a bold modern room with rustic natural wood touches throughout, including the log-style exposed beam ceiling. With a pair of lofts flanking the space, it makes the most of its height.

With a sloped white wood panel ceiling, this living room infuses some visual complexity and textural nuance into its space with dark wood exposed beams, matching the tone of the hardwood flooring.


With a sloped white wood panel ceiling, this living room infuses some visual complexity and textural nuance into its space with dark wood exposed beams, matching the tone of the hardwood flooring.

See more of this home here. Designed by SoCal Contractor.

This vast living room within a modern rustic styled home is flush with natural wood from the flooring on up. Exposed beam logs run the length of the massive vaulted ceiling, matching the walls for texture and tone.

This vast living room within a modern rustic styled home is flush with natural wood from the flooring on up. Exposed beam logs run the length of the massive vaulted ceiling, matching the walls for texture and tone.

This contemporary setting pairs rich materials with a modern sense of scale. The stone fireplace wall, dark tile flooring, and rich wood walls share a space beneath a white ceiling with black painted exposed beams.

This contemporary setting pairs rich materials with a modern sense of scale. The stone fireplace wall, dark tile flooring, and rich wood walls share a space beneath a white ceiling with black painted exposed beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by Jaime Bush & Co.

In a truly grand and elegant formal living room, a broad marble floored space sits beneath a massive vaulted ceiling in natural wood, crossed with exposed beams. A singular chandelier hangs from the center over a set of traditionally styled furniture.

In a truly grand and elegant formal living room, a broad marble floored space sits beneath a massive vaulted ceiling in natural wood, crossed with exposed beams. A singular chandelier hangs from the center over a set of traditionally styled furniture.

Here's another great vaulted ceiling in white, with dark wood exposed beams for contrast. The rich furnishings of the living room stand in natural light, courtesy of full height windows.

Here’s another great vaulted ceiling in white, with dark wood exposed beams for contrast. The rich furnishings of the living room stand in natural light, courtesy of full height windows.

See more of this home here. Designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

This enormous open plan living room boasts a strong country cabin feel, with mounted animal busts and a massive stone fireplace. The vaulted ceiling is supported by warm wood exposed beams.

This enormous open plan living room boasts a strong country cabin feel, with mounted animal busts and a massive stone fireplace. The vaulted ceiling is supported by warm wood exposed beams.

In a contemporary setting wrapped in off-white and grounded by rich hardwood flooring, the double height ceiling adds some fine contrast with dark exposed wood beams. Tall windows allow for an open, airy look.

In a contemporary setting wrapped in off-white and grounded by rich hardwood flooring, the double height ceiling adds some fine contrast with dark exposed wood beams. Tall windows allow for an open, airy look.

See more of this home here. Designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

This traditionally appointed living room in all white features a rich array of furniture and a marble fireplace, sharing space below a white ceiling with natural wood exposed beams.

This traditionally appointed living room in all white features a rich array of furniture and a marble fireplace, sharing space below a white ceiling with natural wood exposed beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by CEILTRIM Inc.

Elegant arched entryways perforate the walls of this immense living room. The double height vaulted ceiling in beige contrasts with rich natural wood exposed beams.

Elegant arched entryways perforate the walls of this immense living room. The double height vaulted ceiling in beige contrasts with rich natural wood exposed beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by CEILTRIM Inc.

Here's another double height living room, centered on a stone fireplace. The dark tile flooring contrasts with rich wood walls and ceiling, while exposed beams hang between propeller styled ceiling fans.

Here’s another double height living room, centered on a stone fireplace. The dark tile flooring contrasts with rich wood walls and ceiling, while exposed beams hang between propeller styled ceiling fans.

See more of this home here.

A soaring vaulted ceiling in white with exposed beams hangs above this vast open-plan living room. The exterior wall is entirely comprised of windows, for expansive views and natural lighting.


A soaring vaulted ceiling in white with exposed beams hangs above this vast open-plan living room. The exterior wall is entirely comprised of windows, for expansive views and natural lighting.

See more of this home here. Designed by Webb & Brown Neaves.

The large red brick fireplace is the centerpiece of this rustic living room. Natural hardwood flooring contrasts with beige walls and ceiling, crossed with exposed wood beams.

The large red brick fireplace is the centerpiece of this rustic living room. Natural hardwood flooring contrasts with beige walls and ceiling, crossed with exposed wood beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by Miller + Miller Real Estate.

Rich natural wood flooring and ceiling sandwich this large living room, with matching exposed beams. A massive leather sectional wraps a button tufted ottoman at center.

Rich natural wood flooring and ceiling sandwich this large living room, with matching exposed beams. A massive leather sectional wraps a button tufted ottoman at center.

See more of this home here. Designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

The rich stone walls and hardwood flooring conspire within this living room for an elegant, timeless look. Log style exposed beams cross the white ceiling for high contrast.

The rich stone walls and hardwood flooring conspire within this living room for an elegant, timeless look. Log style exposed beams cross the white ceiling for high contrast.

See more of this home here. Designed by Locati Architects. Photography by Roger Wade Studio.

This angular living room features beige all around, from the tile flooring to the walls and ceiling. The exposed beams offer some high contrast and a rustic touch.

This angular living room features beige all around, from the tile flooring to the walls and ceiling. The exposed beams offer some high contrast and a rustic touch.

See more of this home here. Source: Zillow DigsTM / Listings

In a modern open plan home with stone walls and marble flooring, a natural wood vaulted ceiling with exposed beams brings the atmosphere down to earth.

In a modern open plan home with stone walls and marble flooring, a natural wood vaulted ceiling with exposed beams brings the atmosphere down to earth.

See more of this home here. Designed by SAOTA.

This deeply rustic living room sandwiches modern furniture between light brick walls. The double height ceiling sports dark rustic wood exposed beams for contrast.

This deeply rustic living room sandwiches modern furniture between light brick walls. The double height ceiling sports dark rustic wood exposed beams for contrast.

See more of this home here. Designed by Red Rock Contractors.

This ultra-modern living room stands with minimalist elegance, white walls, and hardwood flooring. The red I-beam framework of the home is exposed here along the concrete ceiling.

This ultra-modern living room stands with minimalist elegance, white walls, and hardwood flooring. The red I-beam framework of the home is exposed here along the concrete ceiling.

See more of this home here. Designed by Denise Macedo Architects.

In a more cozy living room centered on light stone fireplace, dark exposed wood beams offer some contrast and complexity, matching the framing of the patio doors at right.

In a more cozy living room centered on light stone fireplace, dark exposed wood beams offer some contrast and complexity, matching the framing of the patio doors at right.

See more of this home here. Designed by Ellen Grasso & Sons.

In a tropical, open-design home with wraparound glazing, a rustic styled vaulted ceiling with log exposed beams adds a dose of contrast and timelessness.

In a tropical, open-design home with wraparound glazing, a rustic styled vaulted ceiling with log exposed beams adds a dose of contrast and timelessness.

See more of this home here. Designed by SAOTA.

This elegant country styled living room enjoys great views and fresh air, courtesy of a large patio opening at right. The beige walls are contrasted with a dark stained wood ceiling crossed with exposed beams.

This elegant country styled living room enjoys great views and fresh air, courtesy of a large patio opening at right. The beige walls are contrasted with a dark stained wood ceiling crossed with exposed beams.

Source: Zillow DigsTM

Large format tile flooring underpins this living room beneath a set of massive windows and a white ceiling with exposed natural wood beams.

Large format tile flooring underpins this living room beneath a set of massive windows and a white ceiling with exposed natural wood beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by Coronado Stone Products and Standard Pacific Homes.

This minimalist open design living room crosses rich traditional materials with modern design. The sloped white ceiling is crossed with natural wood beams, glowing in the natural light courtesy of full height windows.


This minimalist open design living room crosses rich traditional materials with modern design. The sloped white ceiling is crossed with natural wood beams, glowing in the natural light courtesy of full height windows.

See more of this home here. Designed by George Daniel Wittman Architects.

This expansive two story living room is surrounded by windows, highlighting the broad swaths of rich natural wood and stone. The white ceiling boasts the high contrast of dark natural wood exposed beams.

This expansive two story living room is surrounded by windows, highlighting the broad swaths of rich natural wood and stone. The white ceiling boasts the high contrast of dark natural wood exposed beams.

See more of this home here. Designed by Jaffa Group.

In a high contrast, modern rustic living room, burnt textured exposed beams fill in the upper area of the two-story room. Folding glass doors allow direct access to the patio.

In a high contrast, modern rustic living room, burnt textured exposed beams fill in the upper area of the two-story room. Folding glass doors allow direct access to the patio.

See more of this home here. Designed by Red Rock Contractors.

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