A living room with white furniture and dark wood accents.
Tria Giovan

What Makes It Work

So many beach houses are sterile builder boxes, so a beamed ceiling can be a powerful tool in adding character to a room. With the wood left unpainted, either waxed or stained, it can introduce a note of natural texture into the room, as well as lend a sense of architectural integrity to an undistinguished space.

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