The arch instead of the door from the living room to the kitchen carries several functions at once. In addition to the role of the free passage, it is also a decoration of the interior, and sometimes an additional source of light, if lamps are built into it. Design options and decorative design of such designs are many. In modern kitchen interiors, in addition to classic wood and stone, drywall is used for making arches, which can be seen in many photos. This is a durable material, flexible enough to take any form, for which highly valued designers. Constructions of drywall, unlike stone or wood, are easy to do with your own hands, without the help of professionals.
The arch is not only a stylish element of decor, it copes with the zoning of the kitchen and visually increases the space
The main advantages of the arch in the kitchen
Arched plasterboard designs look stylish and attractive, being a worthy alternative to conventional doors. The doorframes take up more space, have a standard width, which is not always convenient, especially when you need to take out heavy trays of food from the kitchen to the living room. The drywall arches have many advantages over the doors:
- Ease of manufacture. In modern kitchen interiors, plasterboard is used more often, which can be given any shape, and with the help of finishing it can be given the appearance of natural wood or stone at will.
- Smooth surface. Drywall does not require additional work on leveling the surface, so that you can use any materials to finish the finished arch to the kitchen.
- Ease. Drywall is much lighter in weight of wood, stone or concrete, the design will not be an extra load for the supporting walls.
- Practicality. In contrast to the door, the surface area of the arch is smaller, so it is easier to care for it. There is no need to monitor the serviceability of hinges, door handles, locks.
- Zoning space. The arch unites the kitchen from the living room, at the same time being a clear boundary between the two zones.
- Space. The wide arch allows more light, does not take up much space, making the interior of the kitchen airy.
Arched openings make the space airier and lighter
If you want to create an original design of a kitchen or living room or visually enlarge the space of the room, the arched opening will be a good solution. Versions of the arch in the kitchen of plasterboard can be seen on the selection of the photo below.
Arched opening can be installed when dividing a room into zones
The nuances of working with arches
If you decide to make a choice in favor of the arch, you can make it yourself or to order, it all depends on your own skills and financial capabilities. However, regardless of how the structure is installed, it is important to know what types of arches there are at the moment.
The arch in the form of a semi-ellipse visually expands the opening
Depending on the forms, arched openings are divided into two large groups:
- Complex designs. High, often multilevel arches of complex shapes, with various inserts, niches, etc. Such structures require space, for small apartments they will not work. If you decide to choose such an arch from the living room to the kitchen, try to avoid a large number of bright colors in the interior design - the arch itself is the main focus.
- Simple arches. These are designs of simple forms, smooth, without unnecessary decoration and decor. For the manufacture of the arch in the kitchen is enough one sheet of drywall. Simple models are suitable for small spaces. Beautiful arches of this type of plasterboard in the kitchen can be viewed in the photo.
Classic kitchen in a country house with an arched opening of a simple form instead of a door
The forms of arched openings also have a classification:
- Along the radius of curvature;
- By thickness (the most common version is flush with the wall);
- In relation to the axis of symmetry.
Arches in the interiors of kitchens and living rooms are not a fashionable hobby, but a classic design option. Such designs are one of the oldest architectural forms, arches of different models, along with columns, are used to decorate buildings for thousands of years. Over time, little has changed except for the material. The stone is too heavy for modern apartments, but drywall is easy and simple to finish. Variants of kitchen design with arches are presented in the photo below.
Arched opening of a standard size in a small kitchen
Arched structures have practically not changed over the centuries, many forms have come down to us in the form in which they existed hundreds of years ago. Despite the fact that now there are many complex design structures, the old models of arches remain classics, which will suit any interior. Simplicity and elegance make such arches favorites. Examples of such arches from drywall instead of the door to the kitchen can be viewed below in the photo.
The most common model in the form of a regular semicircle. A simple view, restraint of lines and some rigor allows the use of semicircular arches in all interiors. However, such models in the Mediterranean style, Provence, Antique style and Ampire are especially appropriate.
Arched doorway in the kitchen in the style of "Provence"
One of the most simple and practical models, most often it is a square or rectangle with rounded edges. Due to this, a spacious passage appears, and the arch does not require high ceilings.
To understand what is at stake, just look at any photo of the Gothic cathedral or the interiors of the castles of that period. The structures stretched upwards with a sharp, petal-like flower ending visually increase the height of the ceiling and walls.
Such an arch has the shape of a circle segment, one part of it smoothly bends along a radius, the second is a straight line, as a result, a peculiar angle is created. This design is well suited when you want to maintain the severity of the interior, while maintaining the plasticity of the arch. This is a kind of intermediate option between the semicircular structure and the portal. Design of the arch to the kitchen in the Art Nouveau style in the photo below.
This arch into the kitchen has an elongated rectangular shape with rounded edges, can also be performed in the form of an ellipse. Romantic design is best suited for spacious rooms when separating the kitchen and living room. Due to the width and soft outlines of the sides, the arch in the kitchen in a romantic style does not require high ceilings, an example can be seen in the photo.
The original, but not the most common design of the arch in the kitchen. Trapeze looks unusual and somewhat grotesque. Creating an arch with cut corners does not take a lot of time and effort; it is enough to mow the corners of a regular rectangular aperture with the help of decorative inserts from drywall.
Due to the specific shape of such an arched doorway design, it fits only into a limited number of interiors, for example, in the Moroccan or Indian style. Often it is a combination of lancet vaults at the top with different shapes at the bottom. Unlike previous types of arches, such openings are used only in the context of oriental style.
In addition to classic models in modern interiors are used the most unusual design of the arch between the kitchen and living room. They can be a modification of the classics, or an individual designer's idea. In this case, you can expect anything - triangular shapes, waves, abstractions.
Arches can be combined with furniture in the kitchen, for example, to form a single unit with a bar, countertop or side tables.
The openings are also complemented by niches, stairs and lighting. Modern design of arches in the interior of the kitchen can be seen on the selection of photos below.
If stone or wooden arches are a decoration in their own right and do not require additional coatings, then plasterboard needs a finish. The simplest design option is plaster, paint or wallpaper with imitation of various surfaces. You can create an imitation of stone, wood or brickwork.
If you want something more unusual, you can use paintings, murals, stucco, mosaics, etc. There are more complex ways to decorate the arch - glass inserts or stained glass windows. The photo below presents options for a similar design of drywall arches in the kitchen.
Important! Inside the glass or stained glass inserts can be mounted lights.
Since the arch has no wings and is actually a hole in the wall, it is not always cozy. To create the illusion of privacy, to decorate an arched doorway from drywall, you can choose thick or translucent curtains that are easy to move away if necessary. Dense fabric also will not let smells from the kitchen into the living room.
Important! If you decide to hang a curtain in the arched opening, select easily cleaned fabrics that can withstand a variety of washes.
Arches from the kitchen to the living room - a bright design element that can diversify any interior. Arched openings combine different rooms, while at the same time clearly drawing the line between them.