In a home with many horizontal and vertical planes and sharp corners, an interior arch provides welcome contrast to the design. Eyes are naturally drawn to their curved and elongated shape.
Classically speaking, successful arch construction depends on a series of wedge-shaped blocks that are precisely cut so that they press tightly against the surfaces of neighboring blocks for uniform load and structural support. Throughout history, famous arches have been built of stone, from the Arc de Triomphe in Paris to the Arch of Constantine in Rome. In modern times, we have developed ways to support arches with curved supports designed to create a circular shape.
White stucco or paint lets the arch shape take center stage, and statement chandeliers always add drama. Arches outside the frame are eye-catching inside cloisters, porticos or loggias. Below are some examples of enviable interior arches.