Clean, straight lines in architecture, reflected in the Craftsman, Scandinavian, mid-century modern and other designs, are often valued for the clarity of their effect. However, if you're looking for a softer, more elegant look, opt for graceful, curving arches. Nothing says graciousness or elegance quite like a grand arch welcoming you into a room.
Photo1: The homeowner of this 1876 house in Ashland had a taste for salvaged and reclaimed windows and doors before it was 'cool.' Enormous arched windows, hardware—even the hinges and doorknobs—are period pieces. The sunroom, which serves as her cheerful home office, opens through the vintage arched door into the main house. Rich, delicious, buttery cream walls are along side elaborate mouldings, woodwork and railings painted pure white. The style and grace of the old house speaks volumes for the bygone era.
Photo 2: More than a century old, this Medford grand dame of a Victorian farmhouse proudly offers spectacular views into the garden through a classically arched breezeway.
The grace and elegance of the sweeping curves makes it feel stately and yet welcoming at the same time.
Photo 3: Creams, beiges and taupes, along with a beautifully restored oak floor, set the stage for this grand arch. Extensive mouldings with extra wide windowsills and double moulded tall tray ceilings complete the period effect. The overall look to this Sam's Valley house is dressed up but still comfortable.