Arched entryways and built-in details are a timeless staple of interior construction, but have become especially stylish in recent years. It’s not hard to see why — they add an easy sense of elegance to any room, without overpowering it. And, in the hands of a skilled drywall finisher armed with the right tools, they’re far from impossible to accomplish. We recently had the chance to observe a few of these expert finishers in Evanston, Ill., who plussed up a home addition project by constructing gorgeous arched details, adding extra flair with fashionably rounded corners. Here’s how you, too, can create archways that “wow” with bullnose beads!
Create Archways That Wow with Bullnose Beads
In this home addition, there were several key areas where archways were placed to enhance the space: one massive arch between the kitchen and the family room; a smaller arched entryway connecting the new addition to the existing first-floor section of the house; two built-ins, placed on either side of where the family-room television would be places; and a couple more on the second floor for bedrooms and closet spaces.
The homeowners chose the factory-notched archway version of 3⁄8” Medium Bullnose Corner Bead (also known as 350 Bull) for all these areas due to its slim, modern look — it’s bold yet subtle at the same time. The non-archway version of the bead was also used for areas like knee-walls (onto which the kitchen’s granite countertops would rest) where no curving was required. Meanwhile, wooden elements of the built-in details required a kerfed version of the bead, so that the drywall could easily terminate into the adjoining substrate.