Architecture: 10 Reasons to Consider Curved Walls Inside and Out
Leave the straight and narrow behind and bring some smooth character to your home and garden with curves, curls and bends
Sometimes, the curves are built into the architecture of the building and must be cleverly incorporated into the room scheme. Often, though, a curved wall can be added to act as a foil to strong, vertical and horizontal lines, or as a partition or zoning device, softly dividing a space without looking obtrusive. Smooth, curling lines can improve functionality and boost good feeling, both inside and out, so take inspiration from these inspiring spaces, which have curves in all the right places.
Sometimes, it’s the architecture of the building that curves. If you live in a home with soft rather than straight lines, work with them. Long, bold horizontal shapes draw attention to the curving wall in this apartment and lead the eye around the space.
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This softly bending wall, covered with dark mosaics, provides privacy for the bath that nestles into it on the other side. This dividing wall has curves in all areas, looking more like a drop of water than a conventional divide. It’s handsome, playful and practical, too.
Glass-box extensions are, typically, box-like, which means they have strong lines and sharp angles. This beautiful extension demonstrates a softer alternative – curves! The rounded lines give it a more organic feel and echo the shape of the bay windows on the house.
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The strong lines of this modernist extension and the kitchen within it are balanced nicely by a small, curving deck area. The rendered wall that bends around it acts both as seating and as a retaining wall for the planting behind, but it also works as a beautiful foil to the house’s bold architecture.
Even the most modest curve can soften up a space, adding a pinch of quirkiness and surprise. The curve on the borders of this bedroom also seem to draw you towards the rooms beyond, aiding the open-plan feel of this suite.
A curved bank of units helps separate this kitchen from the living space, a few steps below. The back of the bank is faced with American walnut, so that from the living space, you see a smooth, flowing and warm divide.
On the kitchen side, the cabinets have crisp white doors. A straight run of units here might have looked forbidding and too much like a wall. This curved bank, on the other hand, seems to invite movement between the two spaces.
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A wall that undulates as it rises makes a striking addition to a space, drawing the eye up and down. Part artwork, part ingenious feature wall, it brings energy and originality to a room. Here, a wave-like wall is teamed with a curving sofa for maximum movement.
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