Staying Ahead of the Curve: Arch Trend 2020

Updated: May 11, 2020

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There are some amazing design trends emerging in 2020, with everything from throwbacks to the anything-goes 1970s, to peach velvet cladded curved sofas. Terrazzo that's bolder in colour and shape than ever before is making its way onto everything from bench tops to floors, but the arches are reigning supreme. I for one have always had a soft spot for arches, as they were one of the best features of the 100 year old home I grew up in. However, not everyone is so keen on them, with some folks going to great lengths to box in these architectural elements of their homes.

If you're considering taking the drastic measure of squaring your curves, maybe this arch roundup will make you think twice and save you some moolah along the way. And, if your abode isn't currently blessed with these beautiful curves, you might just be able to DIY a few into fruition with only a jigsaw. Fortunately, with architectural advancement, we're seeing pioneers integrate arches into all kinds of magical concoctions.


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Many people moving into a new home find themselves at odds with some of the architectural elements of the building, with alcoves being one of them. You may find yourself asking how to keep wall recesses looking modern, but with a little bit of TLC you’ll find that arched alcoves can be used in a variety of ways in your home - it just takes a bit of creativity!

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The great thing about wall recesses is that they can be redecorated time and again to spruce up your home. For a large alcove, consider adding a bench seat or shelving to the space to create a chic reading nook or display area. Painting the recess in a complementary colour can further highlight the space, accentuating the beautiful curves of the arch and playing with the shadows that recesses create.

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Smaller alcoves can be used for everything from artwork to light fixtures, taking the place of a feature wall in a room or hallway. But, if you’re anything like me, you need to be careful with what you put there. Just make sure you don’t clutter up the space too much or they can become one of those dreaded dumping grounds for keys, wallets and knick-knacks.

Entryways, Ceilings & Windows

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One of the amazing things about arches is that they create the illusion of more space. Curved ceilings add height to a room, while arched doorways or windows can make a room feel wider. Whether your room has a single arch as a focus point, or is arch-crazed with curved entryways, ceilings and decor, you can be sure that adding an arch will make your room feel spacious and light.

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The other great thing about arches is that they can be done in so many different ways! One thing I love about homes is that they show off the personality of the owner. Your home may boast classical beauty, or it can be a hallmark of modern design, with unique curved shapes that will have everyone talking. Use arches to highlight the unique things you love about your home.

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Fixtures & Furniture

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Still not sure that arches are for you? There’s plenty of ways to add curves to your home without changing anything architecturally. From arched mirrors to tables and benches, choosing the right pieces for your home can keep you on-trend while also fitting in with your aesthetic.

And, if you’re looking for a weekend project you can DIY your way to arched perfection. Using a jigsaw to create an oversized headboard might spruce up your bedroom just enough, and can be complementary to rounded furniture like bedside tables.

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If DIY projects are not your thing, or you’re thinking about adding an arched entryway or window into your home, consider calling a professional in to add the perfect arch to your abode.

Will you be jumping on the arch trend in 2020? Let us know in the comments what arches you’re looking forward to using in your home this year.

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