I actually like the wood beams since there is already so much white in the room. We have beams in our kitchen--they'll be going white, though, because they're so low. If the ceiling were vaulted, I'd leave them the way they are.
Oh that is tricky. I have wooden beams in a family room I am at odds with. Even though yours make the ceiling a little 'heavy' I'd leave them the way they are, or maybe driftwood stain them to lighten them a bit. If you paint them white they will disappear, and it is a lovely architectural feature... love to hear what others say.Have a great day, Charmaine!NancyPowellbrowerhome.com
I immediately thought espresso brownish black or BLACK for the beams! I think it looks SO great and full of character with the beams, but its almost like you need more dark to ground the room and it would be so perfect up there. Let us know what you decide?
Is that a tray of Angry Birds?! Too funny!! Ha! Love it.I think white beams wouldn't be bad. I've seen a lot of great white rooms. BUT I'm a sucker for dark stained beams in white rooms. Have you thought about going darker with a stain?http://leeanderin.blogspot.com/
I'm thinking no to painting them. But i'm saying YES to staining them a rich dark brown of not to dark drown. I just 'googled' and image, and think this is look would work perfect in your home.....http://simpledwellings.blogspot.com/2012/04/why-this-works.htmlgood luck what ever you decide :)
Love the beams! Love the new paint job. Stain them a dark color!
I wouldn't paint them the same color as the ceiling, but a stain would look great. They really are a great feature. And I think we have the same stylest for our coffee tables. :)
yay to Mrs. Chic for including my blog post image! I also agree that staining them a rich, dark brow- almost black- would look amazing. I also loved that image from my post and was thinking just that! It would be a great anchor and compliment your coffee table stain finish! can't wait to see what you decide. And happy to find a new blog! :)
what about white-washing them? best of both worlds!! a little bit of wood with some white!
I think making those beams dark is the way to go. They are a beautiful architectural element...so go for it!
ugh.. those beams are gorgeous! No to paint.
I totally agree with Bri...don't paint, stain or whitewash! I think they look awesome...a superb architectural detail in the perfect color! Love it all!
nooooo, not white! Paint them BLACK!
I say no paint! I can't tell in the pic....are they same color as the floor? If floor is darker, then yes go darker stain on the beams.
I just popped over from Emily's blog. I would not paint those beams, they are really adding some architecture to the room. If the color bothers you, then stripping and staining them is possible, however, that is a HUGE job, and the current color matches the floors and is a natural warm tone, so I would make my peace with it if it were me. Here is my suggestion: paint the backs of your built in shelves in a color that coordinates with the beams. If you don't like the 'orange' tone in the wood, you can minimize it by choosing a paint that harmonizes, but 'pulls' the color a direction that you like more. Olive-gold, lemon yellow, soft yellow-green or bronze would work. Do not go indigo, kelly green, red or plum, as these would contrast the beams and make their color appear more orange. Honestly, it would make all the difference, and painting the backs of the shelving is going to take an afternoon so it might be worth it to try that first before you decide to go after those beams with a can of paint.A couple wooden objects (a bowl on the table) that work that beam color into the rest of the room would be a nice touch.
I'm also popping over from Emily's blog. I think why it worked so well in her room (painting the beams white) is because of the low ceiling and painting them helped to bring the ceiling up. You have great height in your room. I personally love the way the colors of the beam look as they are now in your room. If you really hate the orange shade, I'm for what your other bloggers have said. Go darker. You don't need the height and it can pick up on some of the dark accents in the room. I definitely wouldn't go white.
I think staining them dark would be insanely gorgeous (and probably the look you're going for), but I agree with someone else who said it might get messy. If you're unsure maybe you can paint the back of the bookcases FIRST and go for something with strong pigment. If the beams still bother you, take them dark. And BTW, have I told you how much I love your house??? :)
I kind of like the contrast with the beams; its a nice architectural feature. If you're intent on changing them because of orange tone I'd stain them darker, but it sounds like a huge job whichever you do. I love the painting over the fireplace! Where is it from?
I am leaning to stain dark......love the beams!
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