Beam-ing with Joy

When we last left off with the pool  house ceiling install, it looked like this:

pool-house-ceiling-center-finished

Since then, we’ve installed the rest of the tongue and groove on the ceiling, with three skylights left to trim out.  It’s thrilling to be at this stage, because it means we’re that much closer to taking the scaffolding down.  After discussing the merits of painting versus staining, we’ve decided to paint the ceiling white, while staining the beams.

New-House-Pool-Room April 13 2012

Those two beams are an architectural element that we love and want to emphasize, and the stain will stand out best against the white backdrop.  With the decision to paint solidified, we knew we could go darker and more dramatic on the beam color without weighing down the entire room.

pool-house-beam-detail

When possible, we like to use the same or similar elements throughout our home for a cohesive look and feel.  Along the entire pool house front is our recently rebuilt large covered deck:

Front-Deck-from-Road

Like the pool house, we used tongue and groove boards to add subtle texture to the ceiling.

deck-painted-ceiling-detail

Painting that ceiling white was such an easy choice, because it visually heightens the ceiling, preventing the space from feeling claustrophobic.

Front-Deck-Lounge-Area-Overall

Similar to the pool house, the front of the deck also features a stained beam.  Ben and I both love the look of the dark beam against the white ceiling, so we’ve decided to carry that same look inside.

deck-beam-with-painted-ceiling

Using the same deck colors will allow a seamless flow from inside to out, but it also made my stain selection painless.  As an added bonus, we had leftover stain so this weekend we knocked out the process in about three hours.

pool-house-beams-stained

Finally, those beams have gotten the attention they’ve always deserved.

pool-house-beam-stained-with-skylights

Once the ceiling goes white, the majority of the room will be light and bright, punctuated by contrasting pieces.

pool-house-beam-stained-with-white-ceiling

Another benefit of painting the ceiling is that the recessed lights will further recede, rather than the white ring standing out against a stained ceiling.

pool-house-beam-stained-from-below

Unfortunately, we’re still looking at the ceiling through scaffolding bits, so it’s not a complete picture just yet.

 

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