Kitchen by Jess Alway Inc. Salem, Oregon. Granite counters, brick arch over sink detail.
Kitchen by Jess Alway Inc. Salem, Oregon. Granite counters, brick arch over sink detail.

There’s no question about it, I love a strong brick archway. But I love all kinds of arches. They are so much more refined than a plain jane squared off entrance — which everyone has. But a good archway is hard to come by. It takes real talent to make. Mathematics, even.

Even though an archway is an ancient architectural detail, it is by no means a worn-out look. Sure, with rounded edges one tends to appear more ‘contemporary’  — but as a general rule of thumb, a well designed arch is classic and can swing from rustic western to french country in feel.

The kitchen above is a great example of a ‘hidden’ arch. You might notice that the entire kitchen wall is brick — one material with three very distinct looks: houndstooth above the stove, flatstack, and arch above and through the window. Also, notice that the window is flush with the countertop — this is all meant to be and thought out beforehand. Look how much more light comes into that kitchen!

A brick archway separates the kitchen from the great room.
A brick archway separates the kitchen from the great room.

Now, turn around and what do you find?

The exact same arch from above the window repeated across the hallway to the Great Room. The eye casually takes these details in and together they form a cohesiveness. The kitchen feels well-put together, rich, timely, grounded. That’s what happens with good design and well thought out details!

The red brick shows off well against the antiqued green cabinets. The color combination is not too strong or overpowering — merely complementary, as red and green should be.

But back to the arches…

Looking from the Great Room into the Kitchen you can see the brick archway repeated.
Looking from the Great Room into the Kitchen you can see the brick archway repeated.

Here is a final shot of both brick archways. Warm and inviting, everyone heads for the kitchen in this house.

If you are looking to build in the Bend or Salem areas, please give me a call. I’d be happy to go over plans with you and discuss what artistic touches and details might be added to make your dream house your HOME.

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