Creative Ways to Add Organic Curves to Your Interior
Discover how to embrace soft lines and organic shapes through your home décor
Kitchen units are usually boxy and sharp-edged, but bringing in a curved end unit can totally transform the look and feel of your cook space. This kitchen by NJK Interiors is a great example of how to do this well; the run of units feels soft and sinuous and the small kitchen space has a lovely flow to it.
If this isn’t practical in your home – if your kitchen units run wall to wall, for example – a similar look could be achieved with a curved-edge island or oval dining table.
If your living room feels too boxy, bringing in a rounded sofa or gently curved chaise longue, like this beautiful example in a scheme by Interior Marketing Group, will help to smooth away any sharp edges.
While the sofa is clearly the focal point in this room, the round rug and circular coffee table both play a supporting role by subtly echoing and reinforcing the form.
If you don’t have space for a large statement sofa or chaise, look for a regular sofa with a smaller curve to the back or sides, which could still provide an organic feel but with a smaller footprint.
Arched doorways are another way to work organic forms into your interior, and if you’re extending or renovating a space, they could be a consideration. As well as bringing in a natural curve, they also neatly frame the entrance to each room, creating more of a sense of stepping from one space to another as you pass through.
As you can see in this scheme by Burnham Design, curved archways can also create beautiful shapes and shadows as light flows through them.
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Aiming to update your bedroom on a budget? A simple headboard refresh can give your room a new look, and a half-moon shape, like this one in a scheme by Jessi Eve, creates a soothing and cocooning feel.
Choose a natural material such as rattan, as here, for an organic look, or plump for an upholstered fabric headboard in a semicircular shape for a softer feel.
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When teamed with a run of regular kitchen units, a cabinet with a curved top can provide character and neatly soften the hard edges of any other items in the room. The freestanding round-top cabinet in this design by MH Costa Construction is a real stand-out piece, and it neatly echoes the tall arched windows on the adjacent wall.
If you’d like to recreate this look in your own kitchen, you could search for second-hand or vintage cabinets or, if budget allows, ask your designer to source something bespoke.
The doors and windows in this kitchen are unique, and they set the tone for the entire space, with the curved island unit picking up the shape. “The curves are really softening and playful; they make the sharp box more gentle,” architect Abul Mahdi of Studio Jayga Architects explains.
If you’re interested in finding out more about arched windows or doors for your own home project, ask your designer or architect for advice.
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If arched doors or windows aren’t a practical option for you, you can still bring a softer, more organic shape to a regular door by choosing one with a curved glazing panel.
As this project by PEEK Architecture + Design demonstrates, a gentle curve at the top of the glazing panel is enough to bring in a little visual interest and soften some of the straight lines.
A wall of floor-to-ceiling storage is really practical in a bedroom, but, as this beautiful example by ALL & NXTHING shows, it doesn’t have to be entirely linear.
By carving out space for the fireplace in the middle of this wall of storage, the designers have taken the opportunity to introduce a beautiful sweeping curve above it, creating a lovely, unexpected feature.
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