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The Elegant Beauty of Arches

April 14th, 2011

Whether you’re designing your home from the ground up, remodeling your existing space, or simply redecorating within – homeowners are no longer satisfied with living the cookie-cutter-lifestyle in a one-size-fits-all floor plan. Embellishing, enhancing and styling your home’s interior by incorporating specific architectural details into the mix will help you achieve your ideal home environment – and undoubtedly set your home apart from the rest. These details can be considered anything that adds visual interest, texture, character and charm to the integrity of the home – while fitting in seamlessly with the structure’s architectural style. When it comes to introducing unique details to your home let your imagination be your guide…….or grab some inspiration from your favorite shelter magazines and design blogs.

But here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Wainscoting /board and battenMoldings and baseboards (and beefing up the ones you already have)
– Detailed flooring options Doors and windows (designs and material choices)
– Staircase and railing detailsCeiling beams or coffered details (when applicable)
– Fireplace mantles and surrounds
– Wall nichesColumns
– Arches………….

To infuse instant grace, glamour and allure into your home – introduce an arch or two into the mix. The soft curves of arches can act as a framework highlighting a spectacular outdoor view, separate rooms from each other, create a focal point within a space or even act as a portal from one space to the next. Either way, the options are endless.

Many arch styles exist but the 3 most common ones are:

The Soft Arch:
The soft arch is also referred to as the segmented or eyebrow arch – where it is a segment of a circle. They are a more subtle type of arch and are quite popular. These work beautifully with both high and low header heights.

The Half Circle Arch:
The half circle arch is reminiscent of Roman Architecture and is typically introduced into more Tuscan, Spanish Colonial and Traditional interiors. This arch tends to require more generous ceiling heights due to radius of the arc. You typically would like a minimum of 6′-8″ at the lowest portion of the arch.

The Elliptical Arch:
Lets just say the Soft Arch + Half Circle Arch = Elliptical Arch. This elliptical shape has a much more subtle radius (similar to the soft arch) in the center and a tighter corner radius. It is a true combination of the segmented and roman combined and is able to generously span greater widths.

Which arch style will fit into your plans?

Lori Gilder is CEO of Interior Makeovers Inc. She is an
award winning Architctural Interior Designer to Hollywoood’s elite and
is dedicated to providing her clients with a unique set of design
standards and expert guidance throughout the home renovation process.

Please visit http://www.LoriGilder.com and sign up to receive your
free ebook “15 Money Saving Strategies When Planning Your Home
Renovation”.

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