How to Add Decorative Beams to Low Ceilings

Posted By Volterra Jun 06, 2023

If your home has low ceilings, you may think that adding decorative beams is out of the question. After all, you don’t want to add a beam that will make the room feel any smaller than it already is. The good news is that there are quite a few ways to use decorative beams, even if your ceiling height is low. You just have to get creative.

Frame Your Ceiling

living room beams

Instead of using decorative beams to create a criss-cross pattern or ribbing your ceiling, use them to frame your ceiling instead. When you do this, the faux wood beams make the same bold impact along the ceiling lines without feeling obtrusive. Essentially, you are adding a very deep frame that forms a coffered look in the middle. You can paint your beams to match your other trim, or you can use them to provide a rustic touch around the room.

Frame Your Doorways

If you have open doorways leading from your kitchen to your living room, or into hallways, you have a perfect opportunity to add some decorative beams. Faux wood box beams can fit securely around your wall and provide a strong focal point in the room. You can do this in addition to framing your ceiling with beams, or you can just do the doorways and let them serve as accents to an otherwise modern room.

hallway beams

Use Shallow Beams

shallow beams

Another option available is to use shallow beams. Faux wood beams can be ordered in most any width and height so they can be ordered to suite a low ceiling. They come a bit longer than needed so the length can be trimmed to perfectly fit the space. The shallow beams can be arranged and installed in the same criss-cross or ribbed pattern that you would normally. In this case, the beams still make a bold impact on the ceiling, but they only affect the ceiling height by an inch or two. This is a great option if you’re willing to do a little extra work or if you’re in love with the idea of a decorative ceiling, but you don’t have height on your side.

Sometimes Less is More

Finally, remember that less is often more when dealing with low ceilings. Overcrowding the space with too many beams might make the room feel cramped. Instead, carefully curate a few key pieces for maximum impact. Strategically placing the beams to accentuate architectural details, like a fireplace or a beautiful chandelier, can add visual interest without overwhelming the space.

faux beams

These are just a few ways that decorative beams can be made to work in a space with limited ceiling height. You don’t have to give up on your favorite design styles. You just have to rethink how beams can fit into your room. To see all of your options for buying faux wood beams, shop our online store now!