8 Perfect Places for Cutout Designs

Looking for breathtaking drama or simple creative flair? Punched-out panels and meshes are a solid choice.

Remember the paper snowflakes you created as a child? You folded a piece of white paper into a square and cut jagged shapes in it, then unwrapped it to reveal a surprisingly beautiful pattern. The juxtaposition of positive and negative space generated a dramatic play between solid and transparent, open and closed.

While the paper snowflakes likely embellished your second-grade classroom, a more grown-up version can be used in the architecture of your home.

Staircases, exterior skin, ceilings and doors are just a few of the architectural elements that can integrate cutout patterning. Bold or unobtrusive, large or small, ready made or custom designed, the patterning choices are many.

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