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Expert Advice: 6 Ways to Design Around Beams and Columns

Turn these these awkward structural features into pretty and functional elements of your space

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Photography: Paolo Feliciano and Dairy Darilag (Main Photos)

Whether you live in a home or in a condo, there is always that one structural support that takes away the seamlessness of your walls and ceilings. We’ve all had our fair share of beams and columns—awkward ones that get in the way of your design style, like that beam in the middle of your living area or that big column in one corner of your room.

Beams and columns are parts of a space that you cannot avoid. They are load-bearing, so tearing them down isn’t an option. Often times these are strategically placed in the corner of a room, but in cases when they are not, the only thing you can do is to work around them. Here are some ideas you can consider when dealing with these structural features:

For beams:

1. Light it up

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