Design School: Embrace the Curve
Give your home more harmony with some well-placed curves around the house
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One of the classic rules of design is to repeat and reinforce shapes throughout your designs to create a harmonious look. This series will walk you through how to utilize lines, spheres and more as you chose shapes for your spaces. Today's shape: the curve.
This rectangular space includes a sitting area and a walkway. Delineating the seating area with two square sofas could have made a claustrophobic walkway into the adjoining room. A beautiful curved sofa, however, not only breaks up the space gracefully, but leads your eye towards the room beyond.
Check out the curves in this room, from the table and classically rounded captain chair backs to the modern circular chandelier. The furnishings are reflecting the architectural curves seen in the archway and built-ins.
Curved sofas embrace a curved coffee table in this space. That same exact curve is reinforced by the baby grand lid on the left and the lamp on the back right. Do you have a curved table that needs a couple curvy sofas?
You don't need major investment pieces to reinforce curves in your space. Check out this simple vignette, where the designer has chosen three pieces that subtlely reinforce each other's curves. Do you see how the angle of the table ends has a similar curve as the legs of the Eiffel Tower? Add in a curved bowl and you are golden.
This gorgeous design repeats curve after curve after curve after curve, ultimately reflecting the greatest natural curve of all: the waves of the ocean. Notice how the tables, arches, pools, even the decorative backs of the chairs, are repeating the same curve.
In this space, the curve is more of a circular shape and is seen in the chandelier, drum shade, tabletop and lamp base. A few elongated curves balance the circles and create a romantic, put-together look.
Mimicking the curved lines of waves, curved stairs give this pool entrance grace. Do you have a few stairs that could benefit from a curve or two?
In this example, there is hard line after hard line. A few curved stools, a curved chandelier and a few circular details break up those lines and give the space a bit more movement.
So what kind of curves do you have going on in your space? Do you need to add some reinforcing curves to balance too many hard, straight lines? Consider adding a few curves, a few circular pieces and a little looseness to your space this year!
More: Brilliant Solution: The Curved Sofa
Ideabook published on Jan. 19, 2012.
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