Not just for barns anymore! Architecture today celebrates the engineering that utilizes beams. So many different styles embrace them in design. There are I-bars in industrial lofts, traditional old inn logs, and bold chevron patterns in more modern spaces. If you like feeling you live in a little house on the prairie, exposed beams will add beauty and architectural interest to your space. Even if they’re painted over, exposed beams immediately add character to a room. They can have the charm of age, add the softness of a natural element, and bring texture to ceilings. If you work with them, you can have an effortless and not kitschy country look. If you have more modern taste, beams will complement the clean lines and angles and can provide an interesting contrast.