How to Make the Most of Your Samples

It’s no secret that faux wood beams from Volterra Architectural Products are some of the most realistic and beautiful on the market. No matter which style and finish you choose, our beams will add warmth, character, and an element of luxury to your home.


If you’re considering faux wood beams for your next project, we highly recommend ordering samples first. Seeing the product in person is the best way to get a feel for the quality and decide which option is right for you and your space. Below, we’ve compiled four tips to help you make the most of your samples and feel confident in your final decision.

Asses Your Style & Existing Decor

When browsing our beam samples, it’s important to consider your existing style and decor. Do you have a rustic farmhouse feel or more of a modern aesthetic? Are your ceilings high or low? Our beams come in a variety of styles, from a rougher-looking hand-hewn to a sleek and modern Douglas Fir. It’s important to find something that compliments your existing style and makes a statement in your space.

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Dark faux wood beams installed in living area

Select Multiple Samples to Choose From

If you’re feeling undecided or simply can’t decide on the style or finish of your beams, we suggest ordering multiple samples. This way, you can see the beams in person and hold them up to your existing decor to get a better idea of how they’ll look. It’s much easier to make a decision when you can see the beams in your space and compare them side-by-side.

Look at the Beam Samples in Place

Once you’ve narrowed down your selection, it’s time to take a closer look at the samples. If possible, have someone help you by holding the beam samples up in the area they will likely be installed. This will give you a better idea of how they’ll look in your space and help you decide on the perfect style for your home.

Faux wood beams in a commercial space

Think About Lighting 

Finally, it’s important to think about lighting when selecting your beams. Different times of day and types of lighting can drastically change the look of a beam. We recommend taking samples home and holding them up in various light settings, both natural and artificial, to see how they look. This will help you decide if the beam is too light or dark for your space and make sure you’re happy with your final decision.

Once you have samples in hand, it’s much easier to make a decision on which faux wood beams are right for your home. At Volterra, we offer beam samples in our custom faux beams, quick ship beams, faux steel beams, and natural wood planks collections. We’re confident you’ll find the perfect option for your space. Browse our faux wood beam samples today.