Two simple questions for you.
1. Do you like exposed beams in a home?
2. Which of these living rooms do you prefer?
Simple questions…may have more complicated answers but maybe not.
Let’s see…these two country house living rooms…one in the U.S. one in Spain. Both with exposed beams but with two different styles of decor. Would be interested to know which you prefer. Hmmm…I’m still deciding…
Okay…not sure I would chose either if I had a choice of all rooms in the world…but if I had to chose one of these…I think you’ll be surprised at which one I’d take. Will wait to hear from you before I give my selection. I’ll add it in a P.S. here tomorrow. Okay…fess up…which room is it for you? THIS OR THAT?
Photos: Miki Duesterhof; Nuevo Estilo
22 responses to “THIS OR THAT: BEAMED IN ON TWO LIVING ROOMS!”
most definitely number 2
They both feel as though the ceiling is coming down; however the second one feels more open and airy. I like my decor more tailored and clean, ergo, my choice
That, if it is photo #2.
Definitely prefer the bottom picture – it’s got less in it than the top room so the beams are more of a feature.
I prefer the second one. While it has the rusticity of exposed beams, the shape of the archway and the spare decor give the room a contemporary look. The first image looks “Early American” to me, a style I have never liked.
I love photo #2 at bottom.
tough choice – initially #1 because it is quite cohesive in style, but the second one allows much more eclectic decor, so the second one.
Well, #1 would make me a nervous wreck because of all those furniture “legs.” Nothing comfy at all about this. So. #2
I do love them both. I like the second one.. i know this is weird but the way the beams feel like they are just coming out at you .. just don’t like it. The room is airy but it feels like it’s too perfect. The first one I find to be more relaxing all around..cozy
I think the beams are too much of a focal point in #2. I’m going to different and go with #1. I think the scheme looks more unified and balanced than #2.
I like exposed beams sometimes. I have to say that I find there are too many exposed beams in both of these rooms. I like a few beams showing only (and an odd number of them) and if there were a gorgeous glittery chandelier to down play the rustic look of these beams I`d like it even better. I`d go with room numero 2 but would change up those lamps and add a bit more oomph and oolala to the decor, probably a splash of colour too!
2. Like the wood doors and how they correspond with the beams…
If we’re talking about beams, #1. Ceiling seems to busy with all the beams and the size of the beams seems larger also. Yup, definitely #1.
Number two definately! 🙂
Love the pics on your blog!
Answer to #1…. it depends on the type of house. I wouldn’t go for these in my traditional home but we are getting ready to move to Switzerland and I fell for them in the “Village” home we are renting. Answer to #2…. Room #1 is more appealing to me… the way the beams run vertically is more soothing to the eye and the room just seems warmer.
Love number 1 for its symmetry and balance and because the beams in 2 seem to be overkill. Also beams in 1 appear more naturally structural.
I would have to chose the #2 one. It has a open feel and I love how the out side welcomes you in side.
I like #2. The chandelier in #1 makes it waaaay too busy for my taste. I also like how room #2 carries the natural element on the side chairs, very nice!
I love the “feeling” colors and rustic romanticism of room #1. Just too many chairs, all lined up. I actually don’t care for room #2 at all, even though it appear that the majority do.
It would depend on what activity I was in the mood for. I like sitting at right angles to large windows when I read. So if I was in the mood to lounge around reading lazily it would be #2. But I love #1 and could happily work at the little desk on the left. I might have to go with #2 but it is a tough call.
If the question is with reference to the beams, then definitely the first one though in both cases the beams do feel like they’re a bit too on your head. I personally don’t like the exposed beams, though you’d be surprised to know that a lot of designers here in India use it as a design feature on trabeated concrete structures.