Houzz is the new way to design your home.
maybe use a lighter wood on ceiling in new entry
possible to scale down size of room and still use some wood beams
keep the entry small possibly within the porch area
small entry area, use bold white and dark floors?
the artwork in an entry sets the tone for the entire house
Remember the fifth wall. When you finally get bored with your painted white ceiling, explore the world of wood ceiling products, ceiling medallions, and faux paint finishes.
hmmm, an interesting option for a small entry