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The Magic of Ceiling Beams

Molly Barnard Grant Design
Molly Barnard Grant Design

I love older homes for a number of reasons, but high atop that list are the little details that new homes just don’t seem to have these days. Everything just feels a bit too polished for my taste, or else it’s hidden behind drywall. Where’s the interest?

One of my favorite ways to add some architectural interest in newer spaces involves looking up… and adding ceiling beams.

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Not only does this element add loads of personality, it can also take on any number of styles. Rustic and worn or sleek and smooth, there’s a beam that matches your home’s aesthetic. There are even faux styrofoam beams if you don’t want to invest more money than necessary. (How convincing are they? I bought my house thinking the ones in the kitchen were legit and didn’t know for months!)

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I love the different levels of contrast that can be introduced as well. If you want something big and bold, paint them stark black. Have a more country French vibe going on in your home? Keep them as is, the more worn the better. Or if you’d like them to simply exist in the background to make other elements pop, paint those beams the same exact color as your ceiling. Trust me when I say that this will create the illusion of an immense amount of space!

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Now let’s talk patterns. This two story design is a dream, but most of us don’t have the square footage to pull it off. When beams are kept to the ceiling there’s still any number of ways to lay them out – parallel (the most popular), as a grid, pitched for vaulted ceilings, crisscross, I could go on for quite a bit longer but you get the idea. The options are endless and your creativity will not be stifled in the slightest.

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Another tip I’ll pass along is to let the beams help dictate the rest of the space. Think about matching fixtures or lighting to their tones like in the kitchen above, it will really help call attention to such a beautiful architectural detail. At the same time, consider mimicking graphic elements created up high in textiles, like floor rugs.

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For more inspiration from Kelly, follow along with her at Design Crush!

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Fashion Translation: Modern Folk

My love of ‘70s style is well-documented here on TRENDCenter. The easiest way to latch onto this fashion trend is through color, but today I want to talk about the lack of color in a way that feels modern, but still embraces the folk vibe of this era. The key here is to embrace a solid white background. Don’t go totally optic white (i.e. where it feels very cool and sterile). Instead, go for more of a vintage vibe with a warm white. Not quite ivory and not beige. While totally simple, the right shade of white is what veers this look toward a modern edginess.

Photo Credit: Chloé Fall 2016 ready-to-wear via Vogue

Once you’ve nailed down the perfect shade of antiqued white, it’s time to layer on the color. I’m personally partial to pretty much any hue of orange when it comes to this Modern Folk trend. Tangerine, terracotta, persimmon, amber… I love ‘em all! Shake things up by adding in small pops of color in shades of pale pink, dusty blue, lavender, and charcoal grey.

Then, in terms of pattern, the sky’s the limit. Lately I’ve been loving two-color geometric rugs that feel Moroccan-inspired, but still really modern.

Which of these picks is your favorite?

Rug Shopping Guide:

Couristan Super Indo-Natural rug

Safavieh Wyndham rug

Safavieh Barcelona shag rug

Couristan Mesquite Bayou rug

Geoloom Carousel dots rug

Safavieh Moroccan shag rug

Feizy Rugs Raphia rug

Surya Frontier rug

For more inspiration from Joanna, follow along with her at Jojotastic!

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Pairing Statement Lights + Rugs

Want to make a big impact with little effort in your living space? Try swapping out your overhead light fixture for a statement-making pendant, and roll out a bold new rug on the floor. These two quick changes can add up to a whole new look. To get inspired, check out these three fresh pairings and see if one of them suits your style.

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Look No.1: Airy wire pendant + neon graphic rug. The wire pendant light shown above is large in scale, but does not overpower the room, thanks to the airy structure. Mix up a delicate wire framed light with a bold rug featuring a hot pink graphic pattern for a fresh look. Feeling like a DIY project? Even newbies can tackle this one! Get yourself a simple, flatweave rug (we like the Jaipur Nuance rug in white) and a jar of hot pink fabric paint, tape out a simple geometric design, and get painting. For the best results, work out your design on paper first, and always test a small amount of fabric paint on the wrong side of your rug before getting started.

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Look No.2: Oversize whimsical pendant + colorful graphic rug. In the bedroom shown here, a super-sized light fixture from Ikea holds court over the master bed, while a large aqua and charcoal graphic rug provides soft footing below. For colorful graphic rugs, the Momeni Baja rug in green geometric or the Momeni Baja rug in blue (both shown above) are great options. A vintage chandelier or whimsical pendant light with a bird motif would also work well with this look.

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Look No.3: Classic lantern + black and white stripe. For the classic style fans, you can’t go wrong with an elegant lantern. The stately vibe of the light fixture is given a contemporary twist here with the addition of a black and white stripe rug. Try the Surya Frontier rug in jet black and white for a similar look. Tip: Don’t go too small with your lantern, or it will get lost above a big dining table… bigger is better in this case!

Image Sources: Bedroom and workspace by Young House Love; black and white dining room from Kathryn Ivey Interiors.

Rug Shopping Guide: Jaipur Nuance rug in white; Momeni Baja rug in green geometric; Momeni Baja rug in blue; Surya Frontier rug in jet black and white.

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