Some design ideas for antique beams include pelmets, rustic countertops, fireplace mantels, ceiling accents and wall features. Antique wooden beams have an acquired patina that is not present in new lumber and is difficult to replicate.
The most common design ideas for antique beams are ceiling accents. In many cases the beams are used as structural support as well as aesthetic enhancements. Fireplace mantels are a creative way to feature an antique beam installation while still maintaining the beam's surface integrity. Using beams as kitchen or bathroom countertops is visually appealing. However, doing so leaves the wood open to spills, surface mars and scratches and lead to faster disintegration.