Dear Uncle Dixer: How do I lessen the effect of a false beam above my bed without dropping the ceiling?

Answer: The keyword you have given me to solve your concern is that it is a “false beam”.

A false beam is not a true beam that would normally hold up the weight of a building above and could crush onto you while you are asleep. A false beam is just the looks. It does no harm, so there is nothing for you to worry about.

But if you have read too many Feng Shui books and it still worries you, then by all means, put up a false ceiling to hide it. But that would just be a waste of money because you are stuck with a misinformed Feng Shui rule.