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 a 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 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 to 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.
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.
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.
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.
This vast living room within a modern rustic-styled home is flush with natural wood from the flooring 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The large red brick fireplace is the centerpiece of this rustic living room. Natural hardwood flooring contrasts with beige walls and ceilings, crossed with exposed wood beams.
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 the center.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
In a more cozy living room centered on a light stone fireplace, dark exposed wood beams offer some contrast and complexity, matching the framing of the patio doors at the right.
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.
This elegant country-styled living room enjoys great views and fresh air, courtesy of a large patio opening at the right. The beige walls are contrasted with a dark-stained wood ceiling crossed with exposed beams.
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Large format tile flooring underpins this living room beneath a set of massive windows and a white ceiling with exposed natural wood beams.
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 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.
In 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.