Our first project of 2021 is all about aesthetics. I’ve been lusting over arched doorways for the last few years and its FINALLY happening in our home! Today I’ll be sharing more about our arched doorway project and some of the places I drew my inspiration from.
Adam and I have talked about creating two arched doorways for the last two years but this project kept getting bumped down the priority list by other projects.
One thing about me, when it comes to projects within my own home – some times I can be indecisive, and have a slight fear of commitment. BUT when I’m absolutely sure about something – I’m DAMN sure. The arches were a sure thing – it was just a matter of when it would happen.
Last year we focused on the exterior of our home, we painted our exterior, we also installed a beautiful lakeside fire pit and we also did some extensive landscaping as well as put in an irrigation system and lighting to increase our curb appeal. This year the project focus is back on the inside. Funny thing about home projects is that one thing often leads to another – see where I’m going here…..
I am so happy the work has already begun, and I’ll be blogging everything after I finish painting! Cue happy dance!
The arched openings will increase the height of the doorways to approximately eight feet.
The two openings we are changing into arched doorways are, the doorway shown below that is located to the right of our living room. It is near our front entryway and the hallway leads to our powder room and the boys bedrooms.
The other doorway leads into our mudroom off of our kitchen.
One interesting thing about both of these doorways, is that neither one actually had a door. It was just an opening. Now that the work has begun, we can see how much the arches open up the rooms. When you walk from our mudroom into the kitchen it feels more open and grand. While you are in the mudroom, you get a first look at our kitchen and our vaulted ceilings. By creating a taller opening, it really seems to compliment our home. Same feeling when coming from the hallway towards the living room. I can hardly wait to finish this project and photograph everything for my reveal post.
Ideally I would have loved to widen the doorways some, however the width of the door will remain unchanged, we might gain 1/2 inch or so since there will not be any trim around the opening. The main reason we did not widen the openings due to the fact that the flooring would have been an issue. PLUS added cost, so we decided to work with what we have and leave the width unchanged.
The curved tops will create a softer line and add so much interest to these two doorways. I’m very happy that we have the opportunity to repeat this arched design feature with the two doorways in the main living area. Both doorways are in our open concept main level so you will be able to see them both at the same time which really makes them feel intentional.
Today I’m sharing some inspiration photos for our two arched openings. While some of these photos are different from what we are doing, you can get the general feel for what I’m drawn to with these beautiful curved lines.