Arches Frame the Home and Landscape
Choose Your Favorite Arch Style to Define a Space and Invite Exploration
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It's a visual fact that a curved line appears softer than a straight or angled line. This holds true in architecture. To soften a space, designers often find that the addition of an arch does the trick. Arches make a statement just about anywhere they appear. Doorways, ceilings, windows, or architectural divisions, arches make a space inviting and comfortable. Check out this collection of arches ... which style do like best?
The repetitive use of arched doorways in this home creates a lovely, graceful transition from room to room, and draws the eye into the far recesses of the house.
Heavy arches used in this patio create drama and frame the beautiful view perfectly. Additional arches divide the space into outdoor rooms: a dining area in the foreground and a sitting area in the background.
Arched niches and doorways work together to create a dramatic foyer area reminiscent of a barrel vault.
Repeated arches create interest and visually enlarge the space by drawing the eye back to the door at the end.
Pretty arched doors lead out onto an arched veranda creating a beautiful transition to the outdoors.
An arched doorway creates a softer and more unique entry than its more common rectangular counterpart.
Archways can act as room dividers without closing off an area. This is a fabulous option to dilineate space within a great room.
Never underestimate the power of an arch to act as a frame. Here an arched doorway creates a visual frame around the dramatic windows beyond.
Ideabook updated on Nov. 9, 2012.
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