Arches are a classic architectural element that has been used in design for centuries. They are known for their graceful curves and ability to create a sense of openness and flow. In recent years, arches have made a comeback in interior design, and they are now a popular trend in homes of all styles.
History of arches
Arches have been around for thousands of years, dating back to ancient civilizations such as the Mesopotamians and the Egyptians. The Romans were the first to use arches on a large scale, and they incorporated them into many of their structures, including bridges, aqueducts, and temples.
Arches continued to be popular throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and they were used in a wide variety of architectural styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque. In the 19th century, arches were often used in Neoclassical and Victorian architecture.
Arches in modern interior design
Today, arches are used in various ways in modern interior design. They can be used to create doorways, windows, niches, and even entire rooms. Arches can also be used to add visual interest to furniture and other decorative elements.
One of the reasons arches are so popular in modern interior design is that they can be used to create various looks. For example, a rounded arch can create a soft and inviting feel, while a pointed arch can add a touch of drama and sophistication.
Another reason why arches are popular is because they can be used to create a sense of openness and flow in a space. Arches can also be used to visually connect different areas of a home.
Take a look at how we used arches in this recently completed first-floor interior design project.
Our client's house was built in 1992, which meant it was mostly outdated until we found this prominent arched window in the family room (see before picture below). The arch became our stepping stone for the design in modernizing with simplicity and sophistication.
We used red oak stained black wood as the outline for the wet bar. The black against the fluted marble backsplash with white walls highlights the cohesive arch design in this home.
The new staircase spindles used compliment the arch design throughout this home renovation.
In the master bath, we kept the arched window, but married it with the pointed ceiling, creating dramatic modern focal point behind the freestanding bath tub.
Arches are a beautiful and versatile way to add interest and style to any interior design project and have proven to never go out of style. To see more photos from this home renovation, click here.