i also prefer the white beams to add texture rather than contrast and when you have such a fabulous view you don't need much else to add decoration
Originally I thought leave the beams but when I gave it more thought, I liked the white! More modern, clean feel
buildingblogs, thanks for your comments. The whole house will be painted in one go so really need to make a decision - and (I think) we have decided to go with painted. The beams were never designed at weight bearing and the only beams we could find here in Hobart at the time long enough were baltic pine and they don't have sufficient grain to bother highlighting.
We have both down and up lights designed for the space to both provide sufficient light and highlight the structure. In saying that we use mainly lamps at night once the cooking/eating is out of the way.
Now the dilemma of choosing exterior colours. Honestly believe choosing colours to be the hardest part of building.
Thank you Julie.