... so, I was attending the American Institute of Timber Construction techincal meetings in Denver. At a local `pub' I looked up and ... whoa! - exposed wood I-joists for the ceiling. How cool! They were painted kind of a drab black - along with the other stuff in the ceiling - and the overall look was kind of cool, indeed.
I don't know what kind of fire issues are involved - if anyone does - lemme know - otherwise - I think it's COOL!!!