One of the things I love about country houses are exposed timber beams and recycled timbers. I have a ceiling beam running through my place and white painted timber ceiling lining boards. Both of these elements add so much warmth and personalty to the house. The lining boards were originally in natural pine so it was a big decision to paint them out but the end result was fantastic. Half way through I wish I'd never started but in the end it was was well worth the back breaking work and the 3 coats of paint!