#1: Don’t treat the beams as display space for dried flowers and roosters–or anything else, for that matter.
#2. Forget the track lighting–especially when you live in a 200-year old French cottage like this one.
#3: Don’t get too “creative” with patterns when the ceilings are this low. (Better yet–forget the beams altogether in such a small space.)
#4. Please. Whatever you do. Don’t paint them pink.
Have you ever seen a beamed ceiling mistreated? Anything to add to the list? Our first house went back on the market last year and I was a little appalled to see that they had lined up their beer-stein collection along all of the elegant open beams in our former living and dining room…