Rustic Wood Ceilings: Ideas For Creating A Barnwood Ceiling That Is Timeless

March 16, 2018


Rustic wood paneling and wood products aren’t just great on walls and floors. Adding reclaimed weathered wood as a rustic wood ceiling feature is a great way to add character to your home decor. With an authentic look, sustainably harvested woods are a great addition to any room, whether it’s a family room or a dining room. When using wood paneling to clad elements of an area, most homeowners naturally think of the floors or walls first. However, incorporating wood ceiling planks can often be an eye-catching addition to your interior design

In most rooms, the ceiling tends to be an overlooked surface and sheetrock with white paint is the default choice. In contrast, there are many ceiling design ideas to expand the visual appeal of the space by adding texture and color from above. As the ceiling doesn’t get much foot traffic, more rustic, wooden ceiling material can be used to create an authentic look

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Not all ceilings are flat. In fact, some of the coolest and most eye-catching are either vaulted ceilings or have varying heights that can be complimented quite well with wood. In addition to adding diy wood paneling, there is also the possibility to incorporate ceiling beams and lumber elements. It has become popular among homeowners and interior designers to make a ceiling feel as real as the existing structure the wood came from, using all of the same elements found in a barn or old industrial building.

Rustic Wood Ceiling Ideas 

From creating dimension with the use of wood paneling on a vaulted ceiling to separating spaces, adding wood paneling and wooden beams to an otherwise overlooked area brings a unique aspect to your interior design. While everyone appreciates the real wood aesthetic of solid wood beams, these aren’t always an option due to their weight. Luckily, our faux wood beams are a significantly lighter alternative and still achieve the same visual appeal. Explore the different decorating ideas for incorporating wood into ceiling designs and get some inspiration for your next ceiling remodel.

Barnwood Ceiling

Barnwood Ceiling Treatments Can Flow Throughout The Home

This Rustic Wood Ceiling Creates A Cozy Nook

Reclaimed Wood Ceiling

Most wood ceiling applications utilize tongue and groove or a shiplap style paneling to create a more uniform look, as well as helping the installation process go smoothly to produce a tighter fitting product. It is also popular to use square edge planks that are face nailed when a little more rustic appearance is desired. This diyer used wood panels complemented with reclaimed wood beams to create a dedicated nook. 

Curved Wood Ceilings

Barnwood Barrel Ceiling

Curved Ceilings Add Depth And Interest To A Room

Vaulted and barrel ceilings are the perfect location for rustic wood paneling treatments, and add depth and interest to a room. Combining the depth of the wood with the angles and shape of the room takes the room to a new level.

Define a Space with Rustic Wood

Reclaimed Wood Ceiling

Large open designs are common in many homes, and are a great choice for bringing natural light into a space. To give more definition to these open areas, without limiting sight lines with walls, adding a unique separation with a wooden ceiling can bring more design and definition to your rooms. 

Add Barn Beams for More Depth

Barnwood Ceiling With Beams

Barn Beams Adds Depth To The Reclaimed Wood Ceiling

Whether they are very rustic hand hewn beams or more refined rough sawn beams, there is no question that adding exposed beams will add a feeling of authenticity and complete the look. From a few simple ceiling beams running the length of the ceiling to a pattern created using the beams, there are many ways to plan this additional enhancement. When planning to add exposed beams, it is important to take their weight into consideration and prepare the space for the extra weight of the timbers that will be used. Another option is using a faux wood beam instead of solid wood beams, as they are much lighter and have a simpler installation process.

Vaulted Ceiling with Barnwood

Vaulted Ceiling With Barnwood

This Vaulted Ceiling With Barnwood Completes The Look

Sometimes, a small space is a perfect location for a ceiling treatment to create a cozy space to relax. When designing a room or transition area, the scale is an important factor that will ensure it all comes together and looks great. Using too much wood in a room can detract from the overall look and become overwhelming. Accent ceilings are much like accent walls – used to create a contrast in the room without costing a fortune.

Create a Clean, Modern Look with Natural White Oak

White Oak Ceiling

Natural White Oak Enhances The Look

Wood paneling doesn’t have to be rustic. There are also an array of choices that fit well with  modern interior design styles. This commercial space is transformed with the use of wide plank white oak panels; wide plank paneling is often used for more modern design styles. The wood planks brighten up the space and bring some warmth in to complement the cooler tones. 

Barnwood Paneling is a Classic Choice

Barnwood Ceiling

A Cozy Kitchen With Barnwood On The Ceiling

Some of the most popular and attractive places wood ceilings can be found are located in the most used rooms in a home or commercial space. Starting with the kitchen ceiling, great rooms, living rooms and other highly visible areas benefit the most from ceiling makeovers. This is not to say that any room cannot be made more attractive and become more inviting by adding wood to the ceiling. In commercial spaces, wooden ceiling treatments can take the place of wall paneling and provide some of the same benefits, adding character and depth. Entry areas, hallways and common workspaces are all popular places to utilize a reclaimed wood ceiling and provide a great look for guests and employees alike. Reclaimed wood ceilings add another element to your design, since these are reused wood planks and have years of character from natural aging. 

Barnwood Paneling On The Ceiling

Barnwood Paneling On The Ceiling Is Right At Home

Have Our Ceiling Ideas Inspired Your Next DIY Project? 

Not all paneling used in ceiling design ideas has to be rustic to look great. Many factors go into planning the perfect material to be used when covering a surface, depending on the overall home design style and desired look. There really is not a right or wrong way to choose. Sometimes, a material you would have never considered ends up being just the right fit and can be much more stunning than you would have imagined.

With many design options available, it can be overwhelming to navigate all the choices. For more in-depth information including color, texture, wood types and specific information regarding application and installation, contact Elmwood Reclaimed Timber to speak to a specialist today.

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