Any thoughts on how best to take the lodge out of the vaulted family room would be appreciated. Current plans are to paint the ceiling beams white with white built ins next to fireplace. Going white with all trim in the room. Will replace mantle with dark wood more squared off style. Fireplace and beams in ceiling have been points of contention. Considered covering stone above the mantle, removing the beams....anything to take from lodge to a more traditional look like the rest of the house. Only the center beam is structural and interesting wood. Cross beams are not solid wood.
This room is one end of an open area connecting kitchen, breakfast area, and the family room. Only family room is vaulted. Kitchen will be very traditional with white shaker cabinets, black leathered counters, white farmhouse sink.