Interior Design Stowe, VT

The Beauty of the Post and Beam

April 19, 2021

The ‘Post and Beam’ structure is one of enduring architectural beauty. Originating in Egypt around 2,000 B.C., the ‘Post and Beam’ framing has remained a key design element throughout history specifically in places like Europe, England, Holland, and Norway. It made its way to America with the first settlers who used softwoods like White Oak found in American forests. Today, the ‘Post and Beam’s’ timeless appeal is as much about architectural support and integrity as it is about providing an exciting interior design element.

There are five notable ‘Post and Beam’ designs: the Common, the Queen, the King, the Hammer Beam, and the Scissor, each with its own appealing qualities that expose the “bones” of a home with a natural finish. Choosing among these designs was once based solely on the stress or load that required support and the layout of the interior, but in today’s designs, the use of post and beam is often for aesthetic purposes. The look of exposed wood adds visual interest to any room and can appear to lower an open expansive ceiling with horizontal details.

Photo of Interior Design by Slocum Hall Design

Whether you choose ‘Post and Beam’ for structural purposes or as a design element, it will complement any interior space, particularly an open floor plan. It’s a feature that brings attention to the entire room; the walls, the center area, and of course, the ceiling. The results are at the same time rustic and sophisticated, warming an open, airy room with unexpected drama.