From a single central beam to fully exposed rafters, open exposed ceilings are a hot design trend found in many of the most coveted Sonoma County homes.

Cottages by the river and multi-million dollar homes are all shedding a few layers to show structural support elements that can make a room feel lighter and brighter.

A single rustic exposed beam at the peak of a vaulted ceiling can add a touch of rustic farmhouse charm. A fully exposed ceiling in a home with a flat roof can add a dash of lodge-like romance.

Click through our gallery of residences from $415,000 to over a million that are great examples of this style.