Ugly Support Beams? Eight Great Ideas to Integrate Into Your Design.
Many homes and loft apartments have support beams to help carry the weight of the upper floor and ceilings.
They are often in inconvenient places but fortunately, there are ways to conceal them to make them more pleasing to the eye. While you can decorate around some columns, there are times when you need to disguise them; especially when it is unbelievably ugly or conflicts with your decor.
Here are a few unique solutions that will give you the visualization you need to create something beautiful and functional.
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Creative Custom Shelving
Consider building a custom bookcase that runs between two columns or from the column to a wall. By including the column into the bookshelf, it is both removed from sight and moved to a position where it will no longer be a stand-alone obstacle when moving through the room.
Make it an Architectural Detail
This is an inventive way to blend the beam into the space without hiding it in any way. Leaving it in its raw natural form with the unfinished concrete ceiling beam creates texture in the otherwise serial environment of the loft. Utilizing it to support the kitchen counter is genius!
Match it to the Ceiling Design Elements…..
Sometimes the process of designing around something ugly like steel support beam and exposed pipes creates a solution that brings a room to life. Solving those two design issues created a fun architectural element that offers an appealing contrast to the white walls and ceilings.
Make it a Stone Pillar
In a large home one pillar may look out of place. The perfect solution was to camouflage the pillar with a beautiful hand- crafted product which is 100% premium pure limestone aggregate and them creating additional pillars to create the feeling of a Spanish Villa.
Encase It with Medal
Design it into a Bar
Our designer’s creativity was at its ultimate when she designed this stunning custom bar to conceal the support beam in this New York apartment. Even without the function of the bar, the architectural details, the lighting and the contrast between it and the floors and furniture is truly spectacular.
Craft a Archway
If you have the space and the ceiling height this is a dramatic way to design a structure to conceal supportive structures.