A black and white beamed ceiling is a striking addition - here, you can find out how to create yours...
1. It’s easier if you have wooden beams to start with, but you can ask a builder to add them in if your ceiling is flat and the plasterwork is fairly smooth.
2. With the beams in place, paint over the whole lot, including the exposed ceiling with a good quality white eggshell paint. If using new beams, you may need a couple of layers of undercoat first. For existing beams, make sure they’re brushed clean and sand down any rough edges before painting. You may even like the white beams so much you won’t want to add colour.
3. If you’re sure you want the beams to be black, leave the white paint to dry for a day and then mask up either side of the beams to stop any black paint from getting on the ceiling.
4. Once you’ve finished the black beams, let them dry for another day. To complete the look, mark off then paint a thick black line around the edge of the ceiling to finish it off and differentiate it.
Feature and styling by Stephanie Smith / photos by David Giles