It's amazing how modern a home can look even with the traditional barn-like ceiling overhead. I love the play of the reclaimed wood with the concrete wall, and the way the lines from the cabinets and the beams intersect to lead the eye down the length of the room.
A rustic beam provides contrast with the modern decor here, and grounds the all-white ceiling and walls.
Similarly, this vaulted white ceiling might feel too cavernous without a row of beams to visually break things up.
There are so many fantastic details overhead here, it might be difficult to ever look down — that is, if the rest of the room weren't equally as stunning.
Framing a door with reclaimed wood gives the same warmth as ceiling beams but can be done after the home is built, unlike many overhead projects.
This entry immediately says, "I'm a little bit country, but I'm also quite refined."
This kitchen takes a similar tack by leaving the joists exposed rather than covering them with drywall.