How to use curves to add fluidity and dynamism in interior design

Using curved lines in a home offers many benefits, including the ability to add both flow and vibrancy.

Line is an important consideration in interior design in order to make a room well balanced and visually pleasing, and here I look at how to introduce curves and what effect they will have.

Interior decorator
Charu Gandhi

Charu Gandhi is the founder and director of Elicyon. Charu Gandhi is a qualified architect, registered with the RIBA and ARB, who studied and taught at the Architectural Association before joining the London offices of Allies & Morrison Architects in 2006, where she worked on residential projects and exceptional hoteliers in Beirut, Kerala and Qatar. His portfolio of commissions also included the Doha National Library and the master plan for the London Olympics. Now in its seventh year, Elicyon creates bespoke luxury interiors for private clients, residential developers and boutique hotels in some of London’s most illustrious addresses, as well as around the world. Elicyon’s recent projects include the first ever show apartment at Chelsea Barracks, private homes within Claridges, Mayfair Park Residences and a boutique property development, Beaufort Gardens in Kensington. Elicyon is also currently working on a number of ambitious large-scale projects in the Middle East.

1. Contrast curves with formal lines

Lounge areas with armchairs and sofas in blue and neutral

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The curves work just as well in a traditional setting as they do in a contemporary scheme, although I find the style works best when you include a mix of classic furniture alongside modern, curved elements. Hard, more formal lines juxtaposed with soft curves tend to work well in a space.

2. Harness the benefits of curves in large and small rooms

Living space with sectional sofa in neutral, black round coffee table and bookshelves

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For small spaces, curved furniture can really help soften the room and lengthen the look, while in larger spaces, large curves create cosy, cocooning and warm moments.

3. Create a focal point with curves

Bathroom with round mirror

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If you’re looking to subtly add curves to a space, mirrors or artwork with curved frames are a lovely way to add interest and create a focal point in a room without needing to redesign the whole thing. the disposition.

4. Focus on pattern and edge

Curved pattern rug and neutral sofa

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If curved furniture seems like a step too far, it can be fun to experiment with accessories and furniture that incorporate a curved edge or pattern. Scalloped trims on rugs and pillows are a great way to add softer lines to a living space and also give you the chance to experiment with pops of color or pattern on the trim.

5. Be aware of proportions

Bedroom with sitting area with sofa and armchair in neutral and blue

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Getting the proportions right is essential when using curved furniture. As with all rooms, you want to avoid couches or armchairs looking bulky and uncomfortable, so it’s important to measure the base of the room and back carefully for maximum comfort. Don’t prioritize style over substance!

If possible when designing a custom curved part, it is helpful to see the product in 3D before it is manufactured; often seeing it on paper or on a plan does not give a true idea of ​​the dimensions and overall aesthetics.

6. Choose the right upholstery fabrics

Edge of sofa with textured fabric, rug and coffee table

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My favorite fabrics to use when working with curved furniture are textured woven fabrics and bouclé. Getting the padding just right is paramount to prevent any puckering. If you work with a furniture maker or upholsterer, they can advise you on the best fabrics for your room.

7. Go for textured plains

Curved armchair in warm neutral with pillow

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Patterned fabric can look great on curved furniture, but it can also be tricky to match and line up all the edges, so unless you’re really set on a very specific pattern, I’d recommend use a plain fabric and have fun with the texture instead.

Betty K. Park