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5 extraordinary wooden ceilings

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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There's something so mysterious and alluring about wooden ceilings. Maybe it's the skeletal and stripped-back nature of their form that allows us a glimpse, in some cases, into the past. Once upon a time, it was commonplace to board up exposed wooden ceiling rafters and beams in favour of a flush, level ceiling. Now, it's become the fashion to reveal those hidden wooden ceilings, bringing a country style or rustic style into our modern lives. Today on homify, we have 5 extraordinary examples of wooden ceilings that will have you wanting to peel back the layers of your home to see what is hiding beneath. Take a look…

1. Dine in style

The combination of low hanging lights and exposed wooden ceiling rafters in this image by Yorkshire Design Associates creates a very moody, atmospheric place to dine. Though the wooden ceiling has been placed inside a fairly contemporary setting, it is unobtrusive and blends in wonderfully with the overall scheme of the space. It also provides an unparalleled feeling of volume that wouldn't be there had the ceiling not been left open and exposed. 

3. From walls to ceiling

Feering Bury Farm Barn :  Kitchen by Hudson Architects
Hudson Architects

Feering Bury Farm Barn

Hudson Architects

This particular example goes all out—the ceiling space and walls are made up from exposed wooden beams, rafters and columns. Belonging inside a converted barn, this renovated family home is not lacking character or charm in the slightest. Realised by Hudson Architects, this example goes to show how modern life can easily be integrated into a historic and antiquated setting. 

2. Curvaceous

 House No. 7:  Dining room by Denizen Works
Denizen Works

House No. 7

Denizen Works

This is definitely not your average wooden ceiling. Instead of taking on the traditional form that makes up the framework of a pitched roof, this curvaceous ceiling from Denizen Works is a real talking point. The entire space, thanks to the use of pale timber floors and ceiling, has a distinctly Scandinavian feel. The smooth finish, that delicately shows off the grain is really something special. We almost feel as though we're inside a boat and not a house! 

4. Living large

The setting of this home is particularly special as it dates back 200 years! This Grade II listed building has been converted and reconstructed by Hall Bednarczyk Architects in such a way that the important elements of the past remain—in this case, the stunning wooden ceiling beams and rafters. Despite the white modern infill and contemporary furnishings, the occupants are constantly reminded that they are indeed inside a space of historical significance. 

5. Packed to the rafters

Again, located inside an old farm building, Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects have carefully retained the most important and picturesque aspects of his holiday home in Cornwall. The existing property was cramped with very low ceilings, and has been reinvented in such a way that the glory of the original building is allowed to shine through. Despite the modern colour palette and retro pieces of furniture, the wooden ceiling looks very much at home tucked up against the form of the roof.

You might now be asking yourself—how do I bring the rustic style into my home? Find out here.

Which is your favourite example of a wooden ceiling? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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