While modern architecture is impressively sleek, sharp, clean, and minimalist – all those buzzwords – it’s often lacking the depth and visual interest of architectural details found in older styles. One statement-making shape that’s unfortunately rarely found in newer homes and buildings is the arch.
Arches are an ancient architectural detail that dates back to Mesopotamia, popularized by the Romans in their implementation of arched doorways as a fortified load-bearing design. Today, arches are largely regarded as a decorative addition rather than a practical aspect; in fact, it’s considerably more expensive to incorporate arches throughout the home than straight-edged designs.
The elegant arch makes a statement in homes of all styles, though it’s typically found in Mediterranean, Spanish, and traditional homes. Here’s how to use arches to enhance your home and bring back some old-fashioned beauty:
Repetitive arches are timeless, sophisticated, and subtly intensified; they create an illusion of never-ending passageways:
The front door is the perfect place for this striking shape: