The Effect of Spirals: What the Shape Adds to Home Design

The spiral has been used to depict spiritual concepts for thousands of years. Some ancient cultures used the spiral to represent the path from basic consciousness to the enlightenment of the inner soul and to represent the journey from the material world to the spiritual one.

Incorporating the spiral into architecture dates back centuries and was often used to restore balance and connection to the earth inside the home. Because it is such a bold statement, usually only small or single examples are needed to achieve the benefits.

The Spiral Staircase

Spiral Staircase and Spiral Design
Source: Gelotte Hommas

Aside from the symbolic benefits, the spiral staircase is an attention-grabbing feature of any home that can be fun, elegant, and even rustic depending on the materials chosen. The spiral staircase incorporated into our Hillcrest Farm home uses a combination of stone and wood to anchor the feature and give an air of permanence and stability to the home.

Other Examples of Spirals in the Home

Spirals aren’t limited to staircases, there are a number of ways to incorporate this energizing shape throughout the home.

  • Decorative Wrought Iron. Anywhere that there is an arch or an opening such as a cut-out between two rooms or staircase railings, consider adding a wrought iron decoration that includes curlicues.
  • Furniture Pieces. Racks in the kitchen or bathroom can include curlicue decorations and are an easy way to incorporate spirals into any room.
  • Spirals Outdoors. Spirals can be included outdoors by laying out patio bricks into a spiral pattern, through the use of fountains, or by adding gardens with spiraling plants.

To learn more about adding a spiral staircase or incorporating spirals into your design features, contact Gelotte Hommas Architecture.

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