This home is in the Cureton Subdivision of Waxhaw. In this particular style home you have these big beautiful archways that transition the foyer into the living room. The question is, when archways share a space between two rooms, what color should you paint it? Should you just pick a room color to the right or left and bring it onto the arch as well or should it have its own color?
Of course the answer depends on the archway. The arch shown in this particular home is very wide so it’s obvious that you’d paint it a neutral color. Here I chose a creamy off white that complimented the colors in both rooms. I also gave it a different sheen which now makes it an accent feature.
You can’t really notice it that well from the foyer/dining room area but you can see how unusual it would look if the arch wasn’t a neural color. This green would have butted up against the blue that’s in the living room and would just look horrible. Making the arch an off white gives this space a nice natural area as you transition into another room.
What about these transition areas? The same goes for all these transition areas. I’ve been doing this at just about every color consultation and my clients are loving the idea.
The picture shown below has not been painted yet so this is the BEFORE shot. I have chosen a blue for the living room and a cream for the front door area but the area that’s in “no mans land” will be painted an off white. See where the arrow is pointed? That is the transition area of the home that always hold the big question mark as to what color goes there.
So, to answer the question “What color should I paint the arches in my home?” I most certainly would keep them a neutral and that can be any color from light gray, white, cream, beige, light blue so it really depends on the color scheme of your home.
HOWEVER – I would not paint these transition area’s white unless the color palette called for it. If the home has a really light color palette and white trim and crown molding perhaps but this is an area you don’t want to stand out, but to blend into the background.
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