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Embracing Curvy Furniture: How to Do It Like a Pro

Castlery|Apr 26, 2024

Curved furniture is one such classic interior design trend that effortlessly adds elegance and sophistication to any space. 

From curved sofas to coffee tables, these pieces offer a refreshing departure from the straight lines typically found in modern interiors. However, styling curved furniture can be a daunting task for many homeowners. 

Fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore how to embrace curved furniture in your home like a seasoned pro.

5 styling tips for curved furniture

Embrace organic flow

One of the key advantages of curved furniture is its ability to create a sense of fluidity and movement within a space. When styling curved pieces, embrace the organic flow by arranging them in a way that encourages natural circulation.

For instance, position a curved sofa to face a focal point such as the TV or a picturesque view. This not only enhances the functionality of the space but also adds visual appeal and harmony. 

A performance fabric curved sofa with a marble coffee and side table set in a living room.
Two low-slung armchairs in a living room.

Create conversation areas

Curved furniture naturally lends itself to creating intimate conversation areas within a room. Take advantage of this by arranging seating in clusters to facilitate interaction and socialisation. 

Place a pair of curved chairs or a sectional sofa in a cosy nook to encourage meaningful conversations among family and guests. Incorporating curved furniture in this manner encourages face-to-face interaction, creating a sense of intimacy and connection.

A performance fabric sofa, a curved armchair, and curved coffee table decorated with organically-shaped accents.
Two identical swivel armchairs with a curved backrest placed in a formal seating arrangement in the living room.

The Amber Bouclé Swivel Chairs creates a symmetrical arrangement in @athomeontheboulevard's living room.

Mix curves with angles

Contrary to popular belief, incorporating curved furniture doesn't mean abandoning all straight lines. In fact, a well-balanced interior often combines curves with angles to create dynamic contrast. 

Pair a curved sofa with a sleek, angular coffee table to strike the perfect balance between softness and structure. This juxtaposition adds depth and dimension to your living room while maintaining a modern aesthetic.

Don’t forget about the accents too! Incorporate an angular vase with curved tableware at the dining area to create visual contrast and dynamic tension. This interplay between curved and straight lines adds visual interest and complexity to your space, resulting in a harmonious and well-curated interior.

Recommended read: A Guide to Incorporating Lines in Interior Design

In a space with lots of straight lines, @casa.kerenjon softens the look with the Auburn Performance Fabric Sectional Sofa.

A living room with a curved sectional sofa, round side table, and rectangular coffee table.

Accentuate curves with lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role in highlighting the beauty of curved furniture and accentuating its graceful contours. 

Incorporate ambient lighting sources such as floor lamps, sconces, or pendant lights to cast a soft glow that enhances the sculptural quality of your furniture. Consider positioning lights strategically to create dramatic shadows and illuminate key focal points, further enhancing the overall ambiance of your space.

Two identical curved sofas placed opposite each other in a living room.

The warm lighting casts a beautiful glow on the Odette Performance Bouclé Sofas. Picture credits: Thexton Smith Interiors

A floor lamp placed beside a curved armchair.

@genevavanderzeil places the Cedric Floor Lamp beside the Paloma Bouclé Armchair, creating a cosy reading space. Also pictured: The Lucia Cane Sofa, Harper TV Unit, and Lilou Jute Area Rug

Play with scale and proportion

When styling curved furniture, consider the scale and proportion of your space to ensure a harmonious arrangement. 

Large curved pieces can anchor a room and serve as statement pieces, while smaller curved accents add personality and whimsy. Be mindful of how each piece interacts with its surroundings to avoid overwhelming or overcrowding the space. 

Experiment with different sizes until you find the perfect balance that complements your interior design scheme.

The Guin Round Side Table doesn’t overwhelm the space but is big on style.

A round side table with a vase of flowers and a glass of water beside a bed.
A living room with a white sofa and two matching armchairs in blue velvet upholstery.

The Madison Armchairs in Aquamarine Distressed Velvet. @graceinteriordesignsmelbourne

Curved furniture brings a sense of fluidity and movement to interiors, effortlessly softening harsh lines and imbuing rooms with a sense of warmth and harmony. When styling curved pieces, it's essential to strike a balance between form and function, integrating them seamlessly into the overall design scheme while enhancing the visual appeal and functionality of the space.

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