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Home Improvement Ideas - Architectural Arches

Updated on September 13, 2015

Arched Front Doorway and Front Windows

Front windows and door way with a slight arch offer added architectural designs to add charm to the front of the home
Front windows and door way with a slight arch offer added architectural designs to add charm to the front of the home | Source

Architecturally What Is An Arch Anyway?

"arch: A curved structural member spanning an opening or recess. The wedge shaped elements that make up an arch keep one another in palce and transform the vertical pressure of the structure above into lateral pressure.

Parts of an arch: haunch, keystone, springer, voussoir. Related architectural elements: arcade, cusp, hood moulding, spandrel, tympanum. Types of Arches: depressed, horseshoe, intersecting, round, ogee or ogive. See also: blind arch, relieving arch, transverse arch, triumphal arch."

Beautiful Arched French Doors

These french doors add to the charm with the arched top. And the wood molding contrasts nicely with the white walls.

Gorgeous Bathroom Made Even More Charming

A classic white bathroom is made glamorous with the arched white french doors and the arched mirror. Note how this room flows and the arches are mimicked throughout including the recessed wall that once again mimics the graceful arch.

Famous Quotes on Arches

"All experience is an arch where through gleams that untraveled world whose margin fades for ever and for ever when I move."
~Alfred Lord Tennyson

Back of every creation, supporting it like an arch, is faith. Enthusiasm is nothing: it comes and goes. But if one believes, then miracles occur.
~Henry Miller


Interior Design - Interior Arches

curved threshold or arched interior entry way leading to wooden stairs
curved threshold or arched interior entry way leading to wooden stairs | Source

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One of the comments that people always make when they walk through a home is the care taken for the arched doorway.

Modern homes today are often built for the sake of efficiency. Sadly, the arched doorway is simply one place to cut costs. But this cut in the budget dramatically reduces the charm of the home.

The two examples to the right go from better to pure indulgence. The extended hallway with the high arches and the elaborate molding in combination with wide berth walls lends an air of not just charm but of majesty. Of course, this space is further enriched with the flood of natural light and the marble floors not to mention the superb repetition of the same hanging iron chandelier.

As if this space - perhaps an elaborate hallway were not already charming, you will note that the architect took the design one step further by arching the stair way.

The wood stairway treads being gracefully arched in a deep and contrasting wood tone completes the architectural statement of the graceful arches throughout.

The curves in this room are complemented by the extensive straight edges of the crown molding. Furthermore, the simplicity of the neutral walls combined with the neutral floor serve to subtly highlight the rich architectural details throughout.

Like the white bathroom above, the richness of the molding and extensive details are elegantly conveyed when the color palette remains understated.

Arches in the Theater - Prosenium Arch

Interesting, the theater first appears to have extensively considered the arch. Essentially, a proscenium arch in a theater creates a "window" around the scenery and performers. The arch door way in a home serves also to craft a "window" or a new interior view. The flat wall and the square corners of the wall are softened and the architecture then serves to greet you with a comfortable hug rather than the straight edge of the modern day square door ways.

You say to a brick, 'What do you want, brick?' And brick says to you, 'I like an arch.' And you say to brick, 'Look, I want one, too, but arches are expensive and I can use a concrete lintel.' And then you say: 'What do you think of that, brick?' Brick says: 'I like an arch.'
~Louis Kahn

Summary - Add Some Arches to Enrich Your Architecture

Whether you are building or remodeling, do consider adding some arches to your new d├ęcor. These little details are more expensive but over time they serve to add the charm that makes a house a home.

I'd love to hear your experiences. Do you notice the arches or do you just know you "like" the room. Do you carefully take in the architectural pieces when you find a room that exudes the feel you are seeking to achieve? Have you ever before considered arches? If not, will you consider adding some arches to your next home improvement project?


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      Ken Kline 2 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      The boxes that are built today that we call houses are efficient but they are aesthetically pleasing in any manner.Yes, they are luxurious! We have a doorway that I am considering changing over to an archway so that was the motivation behind this hub - completely self-serving.

      Thank you for stopping by - so glad you liked the pics.

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      Consolacion Miravite 2 years ago from Philippines

      Arches make the surroundings look softer and grand. It gives ambiance to the home and speaks well of the owners of the place. It looks classy, rich, and downright luxurious! I like your pics!

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      Ken Kline 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      The arches are much harder for the carpenter and then also perhaps for the plastering. Yet, the entire feeling changes with the arches. I don't understand why arches are not an offered item for new homes. I know building a home is expensive and offering upgrades is boost to the builders ROI, yet I have never seen this offered but perhaps my checkbook precludes me from shopping in this type of development.

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      There's a lot to be said for efficiency, arches soften hard surfaces and therefore are more welcoming. Adding them to architecture makes a building seem like it is flowing through life… :)

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      Ken Kline 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Suzanne Day,

      I love arches and all the old world character the craftsman can muster. Thank you for the vote up and useful! I think art should always be crafted into a home - that is what really makes a home. Laughter, love and art!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Beautiful arches and I'm definitely an arch kinda person! A well written and in depth hub with gorgeous photos. Voted useful!

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      Ken Kline 3 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Oh, I didn't even consider a door for the doorway - you are absolutely correct - planning is everything!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Arches are some of my favorite architectural elements. Very luxurious. I guess you do have to make sure you don't plan a door there at any point later on.