Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Back when we were planning our kitchen remodel, we wanted to pack as much character as we could into our little space.

We weren’t opening up walls or relocating them or adding on, so any space or character we added had to be within the existing structure.

One of the decisions we made was to soften the shape of two small doorways that led into our kitchen. Changing them from regular squared openings to arched openings brought more cottage character into our home.

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Our little galley kitchen originally had THREE doorways. Not ideal in such a small space, but they all made sense and were helpful so they all stayed. (You can see our original floor plan above if it helps to make sense of the space!).

If we were going to have that many doorways in one little kitchen, we thought they should at least be a deliberate design feature.

The two interior openings weren’t bad as they were, they were just … well, their impact wasn’t anything to write home about. We couldn’t make the openings larger, so our options for redesign were limited!

Because our house overlooks the sea (Puget Sound), we decided a couple of simple arched doorways would suit the coastal cottage feel.

The arches would then be repeated in several design elements around the home (our round kitchen window, the two arched openings, the molding on our interior doors throughout the house, as well as on outdoor gates).

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

The exterior door (on the left in the above photo of our kitchen) went from looking like what I thought of as a jail cell door, to one that has a much more friendly personality…a.k.a. our Dutch door.

Below is the new arched doorway between the kitchen and the hall! As you can see, the previous opening had a door on it which made the small hall extra crowded and awkward. Removing the unnecessary door made a huge difference in how the space feels. The gentle arched top gives the opening more shape and character!

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters
Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

The arches transformed the look of the kitchen, dining room and hallway, so we got a big bang for the buck! Now these spaces all feel more interesting, inviting and special. The arches also brought a sense of height to the rooms, which feels nice with our cozier ceiling height.

Now, I know some people want to REMOVE their arches to have squared off doorways, and that’s cool, too.

But if you are an arched door lover like I am and wish you had them in your home, I thought I’d let you know it is possible to make the change!

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

See the full hallway makeover details and sources HERE.

Changing A Square Door to an Arch: Before & Afters

Related posts on Onerror:

Click here for my original inspiration post for arched openings!

My Kitchen Tour (the reveal after the makeover)

Kitchen Source List

My House Paint Colors

My House Tour

Details on the kitchen shiplap walls (what we used and FAQ)

My Kitchen Countertops (what we used and FAQ)

How We Chose Our Kitchen Appliances

Herringbone kitchen floor tile details

6 Tips for a Kitchen You Can Love for a Lifetime

Kitchen Design Inspiration (round ups of kitchen ideas!)

My Galley Kitchen Remodel | BHG Small Space Magazine!

My Galley Kitchen Remodel | BHG Small Space Magazine!

Galley Kitchen Remodel

Hey friends! I have been meaning to let you know that my new kitchen is featured in a magazine by Better Homes & Gardens magazine called Small Space Decorating. It’s available now at Barnes & Noble and Costco as well as other stores in case you want to grab a copy. You’ll find a few other familiar bloggers in the magazine, too. :)

I am very happy with how the article and photos turned out! The styling really felt like “me” and so authentic to how my family lives in this kitchen everyday. The photos turned out beautifully. If I see any of the images from the shoot pop up online, I’ll be sure to share them, too (or let me know if you see them!).

You can find all the details on my kitchen remodel here.

Happy week before Christmas! It’s almost hard to believe that last year on this week we were still waiting for our kitchen to be finished! Feeling blessed to be able to enjoy it and entertain my family in it this year without all the sawdust and construction chaos.

My Galley Kitchen Remodel | BHG Small Space Magazine!

 My Galley Kitchen Remodel | BHG Small Space Magazine!

My Galley Kitchen Remodel | BHG Small Space Magazine!

My Galley Kitchen Remodel | BHG Small Space Magazine!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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