These spaces show how rustic wood beams can bring warmth and character to contemporary spaces

From our partners at Houzz
Bringing in wood helps warm a space, something that’s especially welcome in stark white kitchens with steely appliances. But when applied to flat surfaces like cabinets, countertops and floors, wood tends to recede into two dimensions. To capture the warmth and still bring in some 3-D heft and texture, consider rustic wood beams and posts. Here, four kitchens show the breadth — and appeal — of the material.