38 Stunning interior living spaces with exposed ceiling trusses


Exposed ceiling trusses add a stylish visual aesthetic to any living space in your home, making it feel warm and cozy, not to mention it is very in trend. When restoring an old home, it has become very common to expose wood beams, adding to the charming history of the home. Exposed ceiling trusses add an inviting element to any room, no matter the design scheme—beach house, traditional, minimalist, contemporary, and even Scandinavian!

In the ever-evolving realm of interior design, exposed ceiling trusses have come back in style. Once confined to industrial spaces are now taking center stage in residential living areas and transforming ordinary rooms to homey and sophisticated spaces. 

Exposed trusses have become more than just structural supports, they’re now a statement piece in a home and can define the vibe of the room. They bring a sense of character and openness. 

They add a touch of rusticity to your home that is warm and welcoming. Whether you have a new build and want to incorporate this aesthetic into your home, or you wish to preserve the beams in an older home, we have plenty of inspiration to share with you. If you want to replicate the look for less, you can install wood trusses built with straight or arched faux wood. This offers endless possibilities for any ceiling project in your home. 

There are plenty of different options when it comes to exposed trusses; you can use wood, composite materials, and so many more. In the posts below, you will see the transformative impact of exposed ceiling trusses and how they can change the feel of a room. Enjoy!

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1. A beautiful kitchen in a barn conversion in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. Highlights includes exposed wood beams, side-by-side under counter fridges, bi-fold doors with adjustable shelves and maximum work space – created from solid wood and hand painted. (via Hill Farm Furniture)

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2. This three-story riverside family vacation home in Georgia was constructed over 150 years ago. This part of the home is an addition in the 1990s, the drop ceiling was replaced with exposed ceiling beams. It is clad in tongue-and-groove pine from the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Louisville. Suspended over the countertop is a crab trap! (via BHG)

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3. Envisioned as a tree house, this vacation home on the Severn River in Annapolis, Maryland is suspended over a steep slope and only accessible by bridge. The ceiling features mortise and tenon trusses. (via Donald Lococo Architects)

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4. This rustic living room in Georgia named “Camp Callaway” features timber beams that were applied to the ceiling. (via Pine Mountain Builders)

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5. This luminous kitchen in Hingham, Massachusetts features exposed custom designed trusses. The island is a mitered Silestone, “White Zeus”. It is a quartz material. See the full home tour featured here: Luminous update to Massachusetts home encourages family intimacy.(via LDa Architects)

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6. In an airy Chicago home, the kitchen, living, and dining areas are open to each other. The spaces are unified by painted ceiling beams and trusses, along with imported terra-cotta floor tiles from France. The countertops are Calacatta Gold marble. (via Traditional Home)

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7. This Hamptons-style beach house located in Palm Beach, NSW, Australia features a spacious living and entertaining area that extends to an outdoor deck. (via Daniel Raymond)

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8. A traditional style bedroom with exposed beams in a Pied-à-terre in Charleston, South Carolina. (via Morris Architecture)

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9. This rustic living room features rough-hewn, white washed beams and windows framing the views of the rugged Montana mountains. See the full home tour we have featured here: Rustic mountain home in Montana’s Rocky Mountains creates zen feeling. (via Locati Architects)

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10. A contemporary great room in Austin, Texas features 4×6 beams, with the peak of the ceiling being roughly 21 feet high. The captivating flooring is a hickory/pecan mix. The fireplace is clad in a mix of local limestone colors. (via Heimsath Architects)

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11. This Colorado home has a refined contemporary interior. The living room showcases a combination of modern steel trusses, stonework and traditional timber beams. See the complete home tour that we have showcased here: Cherry Hills Western Eclectic in the Colorado Mountains. (via Ekman Design Studio)

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12. Bright and airy industrial style kitchen with soaring ceilings and exposed rafters in Trentham, England. (via The Country Philes)

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13. A weekend beach house in Melbourne, Australia features all-white walls and trusses, giving it a cozy coastal vibe. (via Diane Bergeron Interiors)

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14. The living room of this Little Rock, Arkanasas home boasts fabulous beams, a vaulted ceiling, beautiful built-ins and light-filled windows. (via Providence Design via At Home in Arkanasas)

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15. In this stunning Chicago family room, the custom-built beams are a combination of paint and stain. The accent wall is a horizontal natural white stone (it matches the stone used on the exterior of the home). The chandelier is the E.F. Chapman Windsor by Visual Comfort. The walnut floors are 7″ boards that were custom stained. (via Michael Abraham Architecture)

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16. A stunning kitchen from the 2015 Birmingham Parade of Homes features wood trusses and Ellis quatrefoil pendant lights sourced from Capital Lighting. (via Unskinny Boppy)

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17. This charming kitchen features exposed wood ceiling trusses and a beautiful multihue brick wall that replicates the look of antique brick. (via BHG)

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18. This Texas hill country retreat along the Frio River showcases a kitchen with rustic charm. Wood trusses are set off beautifully against a white backdrop. See the entire home tour here: Texas hill country retreat connects to nature along the Frio River. (via Shiflet Group Architects)

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19. Exposed ceiling beams with contrasting neutrals in this kitchen in Mill Valley, California. (via Keith Bruns Woodworking)

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20. A coastal island family retreat features this stunning great room with soaring ceilings and exposed trusses. The ceiling pendants were sourced from Vintage Lighting. The flooring is reclaimed white oak with a Rubio cotton white stain. (via Martha’s Vineyard Interior Design)

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21. An industrial-style Melbourne, Australia home with open plan living, dining and kitchen. (via Vogue Living)

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22. Designed in 1952 by architect Vladimir Ossipoff in Honolulu, Hawaii, the Liljestrand House looks basically the same today as it was when it was built. Even the furniture arrangements and artwork on the walls! (via Condé Nast Traveler)

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23. Contemporary living room in a New York State lake house. (via Robert Young Architects)

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24. Tregoning House in Avalon Beach, NSW, Australia. (via Daniel Raymond)

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25. A bright and cozy Scandinavian attic bedroom with rustic wood ceiling beams. (via VT Wonen)

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26. Spectacular cozy cabin showcasing a living room with a layering of textures. Including warm modern plaids, plenty of neutrals, hits of metallic—and kid-friendly. (via Emily Henderson)

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27. A rustic french barn house in Possum Lake in Texas. The master bedroom captures lake views through the window—with a grand yet cozy aesthetic. (via Ross Hailey Photography)

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28. River Bend Ranch in Utah features this open concept great room. On the ceiling, structural timber trusses were structurally designed by an engineer and then aesthetically detailed. (via Phillips Development)

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29. A North Carolina living room is designed with a minimal palette that is elegant and luxurious yet simple. (via Briggs Edward Solomon)

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30. A Sonoma, California ranch house features a ceiling material of resawn Douglas Fir. The kitchen island is Maple butcherblock and the surrounding countertops are Limestone. The pendant lights are made by Holly Hunt with custom-length hanging rods. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore: Linen White. The wood floors are walnut which has been textured and stained. (via Walker Warner Architects)


31. This beautiful Martha’s Vineyard summer home built by Rivkin/Weisman Architects features reclaimed timber beams in this barn-like great room. Hanging from the ceiling is a circa-1930 lantern from Ann-Morris. Above the fireplace, artwork by Callum Innes. (via Architectural Digest)


32. This beautiful Cornwall, UK retreat called the “Oyster Catcher” is a self-catering cottage that is available for rent on Unique Homestays. (via Paul Massey Photography)


33. In a Larkspur, Colorado home, this stunning kitchen features soaring ceilings with custom details such as warm wooden trusses and floor-to-ceiling shiplap paneling. A bespoke black and brass range hood was sourced from Raw Urth Designs. Hanging over the island are a pair of Luna Bella lanterns. (via Kirella Homes)


34. This exquisite kitchen in a home in Playa del Rey, California features Axis swivel stools covered in a Rodolph material. The island has butcher block wood extension table and Silestone quartz countertops. The cabinets are accented with Ashley Norton drawer pulls. The unique pendant lights are by Oly Studio. Backsplash tile is comprised of recycled glass bottles that appear like sea glass, sourced from Sonoma Tileworks. Rounding out this design is the soaring ceilings with exposed trusses and clerestory windows flooding the space with natural light. (via Chelsea Sachs Design)


35. This modern barn-style great room in Amagansett, New York home features soaring ceilings and beautiful wood trusses. See the full home tour here: Beautiful modern barn style home in the seaside village of Amagansett. (via Kevin O’Sullivan + Associates)


36. A beautiful living room in Minnesota features tranquil views over Lake Minnetonka. On the ceiling are custom-designed/manufactured trusses. The room is approximately 17′-3″ wide x 20′ long. The bottom of the ridge is approx. 20′ high. (via Murphy & Co. Design)


37. In a Washington home, a large country kitchen and a seating area open onto a classic covered porch and the water beyond. The counter is custom-made from Maple. The black perimeter counters are Absolute Black granite with a hammered finish. Above the island, the pendant lights are from Schoolhouse Electric. The kitchen windows are Pella Architectural Series and are 2’9″ x 5’10’.  The room size is 34′ x 15′ with a dining pop-out of 4′ x 14′. The kitchen island is 8′ x 5′. (via BC&J Architecture)


38. In a Cape Cod home, this two-story, 750-square-foot living room features a barn-meets-the-sea aesthetic. The hand-hewn timber frame is composed of white oak. Vertical western red cedar boards that clad the wall. (via Hutker Architects)

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