Spotlight: Arched Entries

By Kate Riley January 18, 2016

One of my most favorite architectural details in a home is an arched entry. It can be the front door, an interior door, or transitions between spaces, but in just about every place I see them I am charmed.

Good flow is key in a home, and while I do like spaces that are open in concept, I also appreciate little nooks and corners that are created by arched transitions. The curve provides a welcome contrast to the many straight lines present in home construction and there are many: where the floors and ceilings meet the walls, tile, cabinets, and windows, it all adds up to a lot of squares. Introducing a graceful arch will balance all those angles. It can be an additional expense to create the arch during construction but it’s always worth it.

 arched entry green door


 arched black glass doors

via cote de texas

 arched glass doors

shm architects

 arched doorways (2)

kate marker interiors

 steel glass arched doors

ryan street & associates

An arched entry into an adjacent room will maintain flow and also add intrigue to a home. The lack of a door means you’re invited to investigate what’s around the corner.

Choosing smooth drywall to form the arch works well for bungalows, Spanish colonial, or contemporary homes, and it’s one of the details in this sunroom that make it a favorite space. To formalize a space or pay tribute to classic architecture, molding and wainscot will dress up the curve in traditional, colonial, or craftsman homes.

arched dining room entry


 arched transition to kitchen

jessica helgerson design

 arched interior entry

schuyler samperton

 arched entry coastal home

old seagrove homes

georgian home archway to kitchen

new england home mag

 formal hallway arched entry

robert elliot custom homes

 gothic arched transition

hugh jefferson Randolph

 arched transition with wainscot molding

brooke wagner design

 arched entry transition

tiek built homes

What say you? Do you have any arched entries or transitions in your home? Do you love them as much as I do?

BOTB 1.15.16

By Kate Riley January 15, 2016

Weekend greetings! I’m finishing up some reorganization projects around the house, then I’m off to Las Vegas for a few days, I’m excited to attend the national Kitchen and Bath Industry Show next week, I’ll be visiting so many vendors to see the new design products on the market and I’ll be sure to share them with you!

I brought back a reader favorite this year: the ‘Best of the Blogosphere’ series, kicking it off today. I took a small break from these posts during the holidays but now it’s back! As you know I love to feature the spaces and projects of others that I find so inspiring, enjoy the latest roundup!

Don’t miss Joni’s kitchen makeover at Lay Baby Lay, I love the brass accents and waterfall counter edge!

 kitchen makeover white cabinets lay baby lay


There’s a fresh new look in Emily’s master bathroom at Imperfect Blog.

 bathroom remodel imperfect blog


Follow Erin’s tutorial for fabulous painted faux marble countertops at Earnest Home.

 faux painted marble countertops


Learn how Sabrina at Pink Little Notebook used IKEA Sektion cabinets to make a modern media console, fab hardware too!

  ikea sektion cabinet hack media stand