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This is probably the most interesting example I found. The ceilings are very low, and the beams bring the ceiling lower. The natural wood of the beams is mirrored in the cabinetry and flooring tone with a beautiful effect, while there is a slight reflective quality on the ceilng between the beams. I would love to speak with the designer and hear their thoughts on of beams and the issue of the ceiling height. Regardless, the end result is cozy while creating the sense of a room that is expansive, not on height but length.
In this kitchen the ceiling trim wood tone is repeated on the island. I would find the dark beams to be too heavy, except for the logic of the choice and the lighter wood flooring, which balances the design. Then look at the view, a kitchen with a wonderful view out the kitchen sink window is truly a luxury!
Here the addition of the beams feels quite simple, even within a formal room, perhaps because the beams are rough hewn. The honey toned wood is a few shades lighter than the floors, which helps create the sense of height, as does the vertical paneling lining the walls. If this house is for sale, would someone please give me the chance to stage it?!
This kitchen is encased with millwork, and look, another framed archway! If I were given a carpenter for a week I can only dream of the trim detailing that would show up in my home. But I do have a question about this room. Is the ceiling really angled, which would mean the cabinets at the far end of the room are built with a slight angle at their top? Or is it the photograph?
p.s. Stopped back for another look, I do believe it is the photograph creating the angled effect...last I checked they don't manufacture fridges with slanting lines.