Redesigning your home using oak beams

Oak Beams to Redesign

Oak beams can create a beautiful effect that works with all kinds of interior design styles and themes. As well as being used in some period properties as a structural element, oak beams have also been used for purely cosmetic reasons to add some traditional charm in different types of homes. Whether you are renovating an older house and want to regain the original look or simply want to inject the style they create into one or more rooms in your more modern house, by sourcing good oak beams UK you can achieve the look you want while also potentially adding value to your property. Here are some ideas for incorporating oak beams into your home's new design:

Use trusses to separate areas of open plan spaces

If you have oak beams that are supported by trusses within the room's space or, for purely cosmetic beams, at least appear to be supported by them, you can use these as a way of visually delineating different areas in large open plan spaces. If, for instance, you have an open plan living area that comprises your living room and dining room, trusses can be used to show where one area begins and another ends. This means you can use different design themes, for instance different colour schemes, within the different areas without it looking strange, as there is a good spatial marker breaking up the areas. This looks great with an oak beam theme, but can even be done to good effect with steel beams that are covered with oak beams that have been hollowed out to fit over the steel.

hollowed reclaimed oak beam

Hollowed out reclaimed oak beam to fit over steel

Repeat the look of oak beams in other elements of your interior

If you are planning to have oak beams on your ceiling, then you can use similar oak as design accents elsewhere to pull the look together. One easy and beautiful way to do this is around a fireplace, creating a floating oak beam mantel or an oak frame on the wall around your fire. Alternatively, you can look at using oak in other furnishings, such as a statement a breakfast bar, a dining table, or even doors. This can create a look that is classical and also quite luxurious.

oak breakfast bar

Oak breakfast bar

Use lighting to accentuate your oak beams

If your oak beams are one of your favourite features, then you will want to ensure the eye is drawn to them when looking around your room. Lighting can be a great way to highlight and accent the character of oak. Try setting spotlights on your beams and directing them to create pools of soft light that draw attention to your ceiling features. Consider using LED in a warm tone to create a traditional glow suitable for period design styles while also being long lasting and energy efficient.

There are lots of great ways to use oak beams as a theme in your home, and whether you have them as a statement design feature in one room or throughout the house, they can create some charming, homely looks.

At Tradoak, we supply reclaimed oak and air dried oak beams to the public and trade so get in touch with us today about your next project as we’d love to work with you.

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