Many customers come to us here at Volterra because they’re looking for a way to take their room from good to great! And one of the best ways to do that is to look up. Few people realize the potential that their ceiling has. It’s more than functional space; it’s a blank canvas just waiting for a splash of creativity. Since ancient times, architects and engineers have used wooden beams to provide more support for vaulted roofs in large buildings. From the flying buttresses of gothic cathedrals to the support trusses of luxurious chalets, support beams are often linked with grandeur and space. However, modern building techniques often eliminate the need for extra support. That’s why today, many people opt instead for a faux truss that will offer the decorative aspect of tradition, without interrupting the function of modern structural engineering.

Decorative Styles that Benefit from a Faux Truss

Decorative wood beams can add continuity to a design scheme and reinforce a certain architectural style. This is especially true for certain designs that have a rustic flavor. Here are a few of our favorites:
  • Farmhouse: The ultimate in rustic accessibility, this style is extremely popular in the US, where functional yet prosperous farmhouse style buildings were the norm during our developmental years. A farmhouse style building has many charming decorative elements, from warm wooden tones to functional exposed shelving and deep farmhouse style sinks. Faux wooden beams in a farmhouse style building aren’t often as grand and ostentatious as other styles. Instead, exposed beams might be flush against a flat ceiling, or stained with light, rustic colors to lend the appearance of age and comfort.
  • Lodge: This style is popular in western cabins that want large picture windows and vaulted ceilings to bring the outside in. Tall pitched ceilings keep snow buildup from adding pressure on the roof, and add visual interest to an open interior. Often, a faux truss will add dimension to a large common room and stand out with strong color contrast and intricate lines.
  • Pueblo Revival: Popular in arid regions of the southwest, these homes often feature wooden posts that span a flat ceiling and protrude on either side to add ornamental elements to a plain, rounded-corner facade seamlessly blending into the desert surroundings. Often, these faux trusses are strictly decorative, but have dark contrast with the neutral whites and beiges of the pueblo revival style.
  • Traditional Scandinavian: If you’re ready to take the “lodge” aesthetic one step further, consider looking into traditional scandinavian styles. The ancestral longhouses of viking times provide the blueprint for long vaulted chambers that housed entire villages. Oftentimes, this style is accented with exposed wooden beams in the facade as well.
Volterra has beautiful faux truss systems that add visual interest to any style home. Browse our available truss systems here, and contact us to learn more.