9 Tips for Decorating With Curved Furniture

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It’s official! Curved furniture is here to stay. Here are our favorite ways of decorating with curved furniture.

Gentle, flowing shapes and a soft aesthetic are very much in vogue in the world of contemporary interior design. A great way to achieve both of these key factors is to invest in a few attractive pieces of curved furniture.

It can be a challenge to decorate successfully with curved furniture, but if you get it right, it can totally revolutionize the feel of a space.

In this article, Property Solvers offer a few tips on how decorating with curved furniture can best affect your interior décor.

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Contrast

Highlight the smooth undulation of a curved piece of furniture by contrasting it against sharp angles or geometric lines.

The smooth and flowing shape of a curved sofa can look great against a rectangular coffee table, while an oval dining table stands out beautifully in the middle of a sharp modern kitchen.

Of course, you can also incorporate the same curves into complementary pieces. For example, it’s possible to further enhance the impact of a semi-circular sofa by placing a round coffee table in front of it.

Be Sparing

Subtle undulations can be used over and over again in close proximity, but if you place too many dramatic curves in one space, the effect can easily be lost.

An excess of wavy shapes can end up giving the room a confusing or even slightly nauseous vibe (a little like feeling seasick)!

For this reason, it’s best to be sparing with the statement curved pieces you select for each room. Create balance when decorating with curved furniture.

Use Striking Pieces as Focal Points

As mentioned just above, it’s definitely best to limit yourself when it comes to decorating with curved furniture in the space.

However, furniture of this kind works very well as a focal point. It’s a great idea to place a more dramatic piece in an area in which you want your visitors’ eyes to be drawn, then subtly surround it with complementary décor.

Perhaps there is a characteristic feature of the space that you would like to make more noticeable, such as a window with an attractive view. A piece of statement furniture nearby will automatically attract attention to the area.

Follow a Flow

The relative placement of decorating with curved furniture is important. Ideally, they should all work with each other and create a flow that moves in the same direction.

Opposing curves, unless intended to be symmetrical in some way, can lessen the impact of each piece and might end up looking a little clumsy.

Depending on the type of furniture used, you might even be able to “direct” a curve in a linear manner towards a focal point or to create a kind of flow corridor between an entrance and exit.

Don’t Rely on Corners

Square or rectangular furnishings can fit flush against a wall or nestle neatly in a corner, but curved pieces are designed to stand out.

Consider displaying larger pieces in the center of the space, or at least ensure that there is a reasonable gap before a wall or corner to avoid clumsy-looking placement.

Of course, furniture with a straight back and curved front, such as a signature sideboard will still work perfectly against a wall.

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Create Zones

A curved sofa is a great way to “section off” an area of your living room with very little effort.

If the room is large, decorating with curved furniture like a crescent sofa right in the central third of the room will create a cozy “hub” with additional spaces available on either side to use however you like.

If it’s a slightly smaller room, a curved sofa off to one side can give the impression of two separate areas without making the overall space feel too small.

Double Up

If you have the space, consider repeating or reflecting the curve of one item with a second complimentary piece of furniture. 

The second piece may either follow the shape of the first precisely, directly oppose it or fit neatly within its curve.

This effect can also be achieved with artwork or ornaments in smaller spaces or for a more subtle impact.

Be Smart with Color

While it is not always the case, it’s often best to avoid heavy patterns on your more dramatically curved furnishings. Instead, one or two block colors may be preferable.

Of course, it’s easy to find an exception when it comes to items like the chaise longue. Made famous in France during the Renaissance, a period renowned for its opulence, it’s common to find a chaise that’s ornately fringed or clad in bold and regal patterns.

The modern chaise, however, often bears fabric that is a little less “busy.” Furniture of this kind can still be bold; rich, bright colors will always offer a strong statement feel and help draw the eye as long as they are not competing with too many other striking articles in a space.

Alternatively, soft and subtle hues also work very well with gently curved designs. Pastels, neutral tones, and matte finishes complement the “Scandi” school of design that shows no sign of losing popularity and add beautifully to the soothing feel of flowing furnishings.

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Decorating With Curved Furniture Can Reflect Additional Features or Feelings

Consider the location of the items you have chosen and the feelings you would like them to invoke. For example, a curved bathtub is a lovely way to reflect the soothing nature of water.

If your living room features a view over rolling hills, the use of undulating curves in its décor offers a great way to “tie in” the interior with the exterior. You might also consider decorating in greens or natural colors to increase this effect.

Decorating with curved furniture can be striking and calming in equal measure when selected and placed intelligently. Its smooth shape appeals to our instinctive attraction to tactile objects and can make any space appear cozy and enticing.

Learn more interior design tips and ideas on Omysa’s Design blog.

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