Design School: Blame the Curve

Among the classic principles of design would be to repeat and reinforce shapes throughout your layouts to make a harmonious appearance. This series will help you through how to utilize lines, spheres and much more as you picked shapes for your own spaces. Now’s contour: the curve.

Applegate Tran Interiors

This rectangular area comprises a sitting area and a walkway. Delineating the seating area with two square sofas might have left a claustrophobic walkway to the adjoining area. A gorgeous curved sofa, however, not only divides the distance gracefully, but direct your eye to the room outside.

Amoroso Design

Check out the curves in the area, from the table and classically rounded captain seat backs into the modern circular chandelier. The furnishings are representing the architectural curves found from the archway and built-ins.


Exotic sofas adopt a curved coffee table within this area. That same specific curve is reinforced from the baby grand lid on the left and the lamp on the back right. Do you have a curved table which needs a few curvy sofas?


You don’t need significant investment pieces to reinforce curves on your area. Check out this simple vignette, where the designer has chosen three pieces that subtlely reinforce each other’s curves. Can you see how the angle of the table ends includes an identical curve as the bottoms of the Eiffel Tower? Add in a curved bowl and you’re golden.

Jerry Jacobs Design, Inc..

This stunning design repeats curve after curve after curve after curve, ultimately representing the greatest natural curve of all the waves of this sea. Notice the way the tables, arches, pools, even the decorative backs of these seats, are repeating the identical curve.

Lauren Liess Interiors

Inside this area, the curve is much more of a round shape and can be seen from the chandelier, drum color, tabletop and lamp base. A few elongated curves balance the circles and make a romantic, put-together appearance.

Mimicking the curved lines of waves, curved stairs provide this pool entrance grace. Do you have a few stairs which could benefit from a curve or two?

Hufft Projects

In this example, there’s hard line after hard line. A few curved stools, a curved chandelier and a couple of circular details split up those lines and provide the space a little more movement.

Janof Architecture

So what kind of curves do you have going on in your area? Do you have to add some reinforcing curves to balance too many hard, straight lines? Consider adding a couple of curves, a couple of circular pieces and a little looseness to your area this season!

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