Arches occupy a special place among the decorative elements of the modern interior. The arched design gives space, elegance, and comfort to the room. You can pick up the arch design that will not only organically fit into the image of the room, but it will be the focal center, the highlight of the chosen area literally in any design style of apartment or home.
Translated from the Latin word “Raca” means a bend/arch/vault, and that`s how we imagine the classic version of this structure. But in the modern interior, there would be found the space for the arches of various modifications. They can be made of wood, stone, brick, and even drywall. There are plenty of ways to decorate your home, without sacrificing comfort and a feeling of spaciousness and freedom. In this publication, we will try to provide the maximum possible ideas in the design of interior arches.
The internal arch is a stylish and elegant solution for a modern interior. It is perfect for creating an open design. Arch separates the functional segments of the home, but it does not allow a sense of common space to leave the premises. There are rooms that can dispense with internal doors and only benefit from their absence in every apartment or house. For example, combining the kitchen and dining room or living room and hallway. Some homes can be complemented with arch doorways in the utilitarian space’s style. By installing interior arches and removing partitions you expand the space, increase each functional area, but leave it in its place.
The choice of material for the arch structure directly affects by structures of the walls themselves, their thickness, size, and shape of the curved arch. Many materials have limitations not only in terms of the weight of the structure but also the complexity of creating an arch shape. In the construction of interior arches can participate the following materials:
- metal profiles;
The easiest, faster, and cheaper way is to produce an arched structure made of plasterboard. After sewing the curved arch of this material the final finish can be varied. You can trim it with wood, covered with mosaics, or decorative plaster. Even to use a light or artificial stone wall panel imitating brick, marble, or wooden surface.
The stone arch looks impressive. It gives the whole room a certain way of massive solidity. Depending on the color and texture of the stone arch cover may be relevant in a variety of interior styles.
The first association of the arch with stone facing is related to the style of country, rural motifs, and closeness to nature. But such a structure can be successfully integrated not only in the suburban housing. Classic interior of Provence, some varieties of country style, and even modern style rooms look organically with a stone arch.
Brick arch looks great in a modern interior. It does not matter whether you decide to leave the masonry intact by treating a protective spray and varnishes or have painted the surface.
One of the most traditional ways to design an arch is wooden trim. This facility will be important in any environment – from Classic to Contemporary. Wooden arch brings elegance and comfort into the room design. And the functional of the background of the room has no matter – is it a corridor or living room.
From the view of the external appearance of an arches` set, the following types of such facilities can be distinguished:
- Classical or Roman arch. The Romans had borrowed a lot from Greek culture and architecture, but this element can be rightly regarded as their invention. The most related to all of us in shape and design arch is a set with the correct radius and a semi-circular shape. This design contains no protruding joints and is known for the simplicity and brevity of the external image. Classic arch look great in rooms with high ceilings. If you plan to install the arch in an apartment with a standard ceiling height, this is not the best idea.
One option of the use of the classical arch is the integration of columns and supports into the construction with a round arch. As a rule, such structures are made of wood or stone, but in a more democratic interior design can be made of drywall.
- British arch or structure in the Art Nouveau style. These structures differ from classical with more elongated part of the body, the arc is straightened and has a truncated radius arch. A British arch is an ideal option for rooms with low ceilings.
- Arch with ellipse element do not have rounded corners and are quite a popular option in the decoration of the premises. The spread of such structures is primarily associated with design flexibility. It can be used with columns, without `em, in rooms with low ceilings and spacious rooms, in combination with arches of another modification.
A great way to isolate kitchen space without reducing valuable space of the premises is the use of arch-ellipse with columns.
A similar structure can be used for partial separation of space boudoir, study or dressing room, located within the dormitory.
One of the ellipse use variations in the construction of the arch is the almost circular shape of the opening. Such structures are often used in areas where in addition to the decorative rationale of “raca” it still has the functional role. It restricts the recreation area from the workplace, for example.
- Slavic arch (or “romance”) is, in fact, only a rectangular opening with rounded corners. This is one of the universal techniques of zoning spaces that will organically look both in a standard city apartment and in the ambience of a country house.
- Turkish arch is reminiscent of designs that adorn palaces and harems of the wealthy residents of a house in the days of the Ottoman Empire. Of course, arches of such a design requires the support of the whole interior – features of the Mediterranean style would create a more harmonious image of the room.
- Gothic arch has a sharp dome. Such structures bring originality to the interior but are only suitable for rooms with high ceilings. Gothic arches look luxurious and become focal centers of the interior when adorned with mosaics, ceramics, or stone.
- The arch-transom door looks like a continuation of rectangular or round shape. Typically, in the top parts, we can see inserts of transparent or opaque glass. The use of glass windows, translucent plastic with a relief is also possible.
- Thai arch (or half-arch) is a structure for which one of the sides forms the right angle, and the other one is rounded. The radius of the circle can vary.
The vault itself can be decorated in various ways. The design of the drywall is often carried luminaires or LED lighting, thus ensuring not only the zoning of the premises, but also highlight the functional segment using light.
Internal arch, decorated with moldings, cornices, and moldings is excellent for both classical interiors and for its variations.
The internal arch will organically fit into any interior, where the round shapes are already used for other elements of the interior. For example, you can use arched niches as decoration or storage, rounded shapes of glass inserts in the facades of the kitchen cabinets and cupboards also promote a balanced portrayal of space.
A perfect complement to the arched doorway and interior doors are arched structures with semicircular tops. Of course, the door with rounded arches is more expensive than conventional models. But the cost of custom design will justify itself in the form of an original and exquisite interior.
The same can be said of the rooms, where round arches are used in the construction of windows in addition to interior arches. The sleek and elegant appearance of this room is guaranteed.
Arch at the entrance to the living room is perfectly in harmony with semicircular vaults in the open shelves for books. The same technique can be used for closed façades of lockers or in the form of thread or glass inserts in the doors.