I like the white beams against the dark timbers. Do you?
do like the white beams on dark timber. What I also really love though is, white on white, it can give the roof real scope and a relaxed easy feel. Both a fantastic I guess it really depends on what feel the homeowners want to achieve? Really with such a beautiful ceiling there can be no wrong choice.
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Oh, I just re-read the email, I thought the beams were already painted white. In which case, I would paint the roof white and keep the wood beams.
It looks to be the underside of a beautiful hardwood timber floor. It might be wise to consider whether a new ceiling with insulation for that upper floor is needed in winter. All white would look good for a crisp finish & some colour on the wall.
I personally would look at the area as a whole project & what look you are after. It may be that to make it look finished against the house that some boxing around the top of the pillars & a flat panel roof (could be grooved timber panels that come in large sheets ready for staining or painting) will make it neat & finished.
That's true & if you just painted it there would probably be leaching of the brown through as well unless you fix the leak.
For a quick fix you could try paint or just leave it as is & decorate the rest to make it less noticeable.