How To Decorate Your Interior With Curved Furniture

Introduce modern design into your home by decorating with a few curved furniture pieces. From sofas to accent chairs and all the tables in between, curved furniture has an impact. These forms can be statement pieces that reshape a space. However, this furniture style is not for just one room or area in the home. It can help liven up a living room or soften a bedroom.

Consider adding curves here, there, and everywhere. Decorating with curved furniture boosts visual interest in the space and takes the eye on a journey through the wavy lines and shapes. "We'll continue to see it not only in furniture designs but also in architectural applications, like an arched built-in," designer Mandu Mbride told Food52. "The shape adds a more organic and fluid element that can make a space feel more open, friendly, and inviting as well as elevated. Curved furniture is having such a moment in design." What curved pieces are you imagining for your space right now? Continue reading for all the ways to decorate your interior with curved furniture and enhance your home's distinct beauty.

It's not new

Have you heard of curved furniture before? It's not a new element for interior designers. Curved furniture has been a part of home decor since it rose in popularity during the 1960s and 1970s. While lying dormant, as trends sometimes do, curved furniture remained discreet until the perfect audience came along. The furniture's hiatus paid off, and it's now beginning rise in popularity with current home decorators.

Today's Zoomer generation favors the nostalgic vibes from the past in fashion, opening the door for the inspiration to find a place in home interiors. "The 1970s are definitely on trend in design," designer Giampiero Tagliaferri told Vogue. "The design of the time was fun and sexy but still sophisticated — I think that heavily resonates with modern audiences." Can you dig it? Even if your current aesthetic is not groovy, chic-shaped silhouettes are equally exquisite for different style preferences on a grand or minimal scale. No aesthetic is out of bounds when decorating with curved furniture.

Not every curve

When working with two or more curved pieces in one room, verify the proportions are correct when the pieces are next to one another. Furniture items with complementary sizes will prevent either one from appearing too clunky in the space. A crescent-shaped sofa and boomerang coffee table are a likely match as the bends seemingly move with one another. Curved forms can be stunning in an interior when done in moderation. If a space appears heavy it's often that there isn't enough variation in the lines, per Hoskins Interior Design. Lines of furniture that is.

While you can certainly decorate with variations of forms that can be used in close proximity, too many twists and turns will be overwhelming and ineffective. The idea is to incorporate subtle curves throughout the room and balance them with streamlined forms. Create a balanced combination of angular and curved pieces so that when arranged next to one another the eye has something pleasing to look at. A kidney bean-shaped sofa with curves and streamlined square end tables is a likely duo. The curvy corners counteract the straight lines. Contrast is key in creating harmony in living spaces.

Add some softness

Streamlined forms can make a space feel stagnant and boring. You know, furniture that is all the same shape or color. It can look a little flat. Being the informed interior decorator you are, you know the forms have to differ for a harmonious space, but what if those rounded corners are for more than just balancing a space? Curved furniture can increase movement with its gentle flow and design. The silhouette of a barrel chair or crescent-shaped sofa can dramatically soften the aesthetic of a space.

"A curved form is subconsciously read as safe, friendly, and welcoming," designer Sarah Sherman Samuel told Vogue. "With everyone feeling a bit precious I think those softer shapes and angles will still be a big trend in 2022 in furniture as well as architecture." Introduce sensual curves and rounded edges on curved furniture to mix up your aesthetic. Create a calming atmosphere in your home by decorating with curved furniture that softens the mood after a long day.

Use curves to create a focal point

Sometimes a piece of curved furniture is all you need to add some interest to a space. Curved furniture pieces work best when set away from the walls. Their curvy forms won't rest flush against a flat surface anyway. Forcing furniture off the perimeter and more into the center of the room makes the item immediately stand out. Consider using a uniquely shaped sofa, pair of accent chairs, or ottomans as the decorative feature to be the focal point in a room. Focal features help anchor a look and give the rest of the decor something to stick to.

Curved focal features make things all that more visually interesting. "Part of the allure of curved furniture is that it's sexy," designer Linda Hayslett told Food52. "Curves allow pieces to double as artwork and act as conversation starters when guests come over." There's no need for additional wall decor, coffee table accessories, or bold sculptures to capture attention. A simple silhouette will fill the void perfectly.

Embrace minimal colors in muted tones

Since curved furniture pieces command most, if not all, of the attention, the need for bold color and vibrant patterns is low when choosing a design. A busy, vivid pattern or color may take away from the simplicity and impact the piece may have. Instead, try to pick furniture in a solid shade, especially for a sofa or large furniture item. Stick to the simple tones of a neutral color palette. Cream, beige, tan, white, or taupe add an elegant touch to these forms.

Choose your perfect neutral color by understanding its undertones. "You can separate neutrals into two families which are defined by visual temperature," creative director Marianne Shillingford told Ideal Home. "Warm neutrals contain hints of pink, gold and yellow whilst cool neutrals contain hints of blue, green, and violet. Choose warm neutrals to create cozy and inviting interiors, especially in north facing rooms and cool neutrals to create tranquil, sophisticated interiors especially in a south facing room." Whether you have natural or artificial lighting in our home will help you select neutral colors for your interior. Color block pieces send a polished message, and you can always spruce them up by changing the accent cushion covers.

Maximize space with proper flow

Designing a room is about the items you put in it, right? Trick question. Of course, how you decorate the space matters, but how you put it all together is equally as crucial. Even the most perfect curved couch will lose appeal if it goes in the wrong place. Stare at the empty room you are decorating and note all the available square footage. Not only is furniture supposed to fit in the space, but you are, too. You and your guests need room to move, so planning the flow of your space is critical before purchasing large pieces of furniture. While the sofa may fit, it can invade walking paths and disrupt the natural flow necessary for the design to be successful. The same applies to decorating with accent chairs and coffee tables.

No room is too tiny for curved furniture since the gentle silhouettes often occupy less space. "They allow your floor plan to have more of a flow when you are in a tight space," designer Kristin Gunnette told Los Angeles Times. The rounded corners and turned edges give negative space more visual magnitude. If you are decorating with more than one element with curves, keep the silhouette of the pieces complementary to maximize space and enhance the layout.

Start a conversation with aesthetically pleasing sofas

If you want to create maximum impact in your space, opt for curved furniture. A curvilinear sofa is an absolute must-have in an interior as this unique piece offers a glam aesthetic. Imagine a crescent-shaped sofa like this one at CB2 occupying your living space for a contemporary and chic moment. These sofas are visually appealing from the front, back, and side to side. Every angle of a curved sofa is simply pleasing to the eye. Due to its high visual exposure, a curved sofa requires more careful planning but can be well worth the appeal.

These rounded and aesthetically pleasing sofas offer more than meets the eye. The rounded shape with inward-turned edges encourages conversation between you and your house guests. The distinct form also adds structure to a space, even those odd-shaped areas. Great for a snug apartment or humble abode, you can incorporate an asymmetrical sofa into an interior, no matter your style.

Make a statement with accent chairs

It's not always the largest piece of furniture in the room that gets the most attention, even if it takes up most of the space. Sometimes the smaller furniture items function as the centerpiece for the room. If decorating the living room or bedroom in your home, try to concentrate your interior design efforts on adding small pieces of furniture like an accent chair with friendly forms to these rooms.

While ordinary-shaped chairs nestle nicely into a corner of a room, curved accent chairs stand out. Take that chair out of the corner and find a spot to display it where it can be seen and appreciated. Whether on their own or paired with an identical match, rounded seats feature a profile with soft edges that elegantly fills a space with maximum dimensional impact. The swivel chair available at Arhaus is a perfect example. The sloped form parallels any existing curves in the room and can standout against rectangular structures like a sofa or bed frame.

Incorporate tables with sloped edges

Looking around your home, you will see that the interior is incomplete without a table or two. This concept applies to every home interior. Tables are highly versatile and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. If you guessed that tables are also available in curvy forms, you are well on your way to an out-of-sight interior.

Tables, big and small, have rounded corners, sloped edges, and freeform curvatures fit for any style of interior, from mid-century modern to traditional. Hump tables, as seen at English Elm, take up less space in constrained areas but still provide functionality. The unique shape could be ideal in those smaller areas of the house as the softened edges allow for better movement in the room. Rounded tables add visual interest to a space and pair well with accent chairs at the foot of the bed or in front of a sofa.

Add glamour to the bedroom

No room is off limits when it comes to decorating with furniture that sways and swoops. Consider adding some rounded forms, sloped edges, and soft silhouettes to the primary suite in your home. Imagine the elements you could update in your bedroom from the dresser, nightstands, accent chairs, cabinets, and accessories that sit on table tops. These curvy forms will help create a bit of visual intrigue in the bedroom by adding movement into the space, even if it's subtle.

An arched bed frame like this one at Crate & Barrel mimics the trendy curved forms in a dramatic way that instantly becomes the center point in the room. Add some glamour to the foot of the bed with a set of decorative cubes or a pair of barrel-style velvet upholstered chairs to mimic the existing forms. Decorating with curved furniture in the bedroom doesn't always have to be grand. A wavy tray or scalloped bowl are shapely additions that add a touch of allure to the bedroom.

Bring in a bean-shaped rug

If updating the furniture in your residence is not a timely decision, don't fret! You can still add curves in all the right places. From the shelves to the floor, curved decor is a possibility. Consider adding curved forms into your home without buying new, big furniture pieces. For more appeal, try adding some uniquely shaped decor on the floor. That's right, kidney bean-shaped rugs, like this one from Etsy, can introduce movement into a static space similar to a curvy piece of furniture.

An irregularly shaped living room rug introduces personality into the room on a lower level. It creates a similarly intense visual impact as a piece of furniture. Rather than pair the irregular shape with another odd shape, consider layering the rug with a rectangular sofa or round table. The contrasting streamlined forms will be visually elevated when placed above the uniquely shaped rug.

Pair the furniture with equally unique pieces

You have the curved sofa picked out, the perfect accent chairs to stage across from it, and now you are shopping for the side tables. These accessories will hold drinks and decorative bowls with piles of book stacks. Before buying the first ones you see from your favorite retailer, take a good look at the forms of the existing furniture in your home. Do you notice any deep curves or rounded edges? Use these changes in structure to your advantage and decorate with complementary pieces to fit the forms you see.

When choosing accent pieces to pair with the curved furniture in any room, consider the shapes and forms compatible with the curvatures, like round or fluted tables, as seen at Williams Sonoma. The curves on the table could parallel similar curved forms on adjacent sofas and chairs. They look like they are puzzle pieces that you can push together. Achieve a cohesive aesthetic by highlighting the unique forms of your furnishings with equally impressive ones.

Incorporate organic elements

Curved furniture may be the most intriguing piece in the room, but it still needs organic textures before making itself at home. Organic plant life, elements, and materials can elevate a curved form. Your interior's aesthetic will determine which material temperature you add to your home. Do materials have a temperature? Yes. Select warm wood tones for tables and wicker accent stools to increase warmth, while cool natural stones like marble provide a more polished look. If you can't choose one, decorate with both by adding marble accent pieces to the tops of wood-crafted tables.

Organic elements don't have to be a furniture form. You can always incorporate natural greenery into an interior, too. Improve your decor with natural beauty by adding a bit of the outside indoors with houseplants. "They are naturally chaotic and provide great contrast to the structure of a room and its furnishings," interior designer Sarah Cole told Seattle Times. "They bring life, literally, to a room." Snake plants, fiddle leaf figs, and pothos are some common houseplants that can accent both warm and cool interior tones.

Dazzle with geometric accent pieces

It may seem odd to incorporate more shapes into your design, but geometric pieces have a way around curved furniture. Really, they do. "I love mixing small geometric accent furniture (like [a] fun hex ottoman) with another angular piece with curves," designer Maureen Stevens told The Zoe Report. Other accessories like light fixtures, statues, wall art, and mirrors are ideal for decorating around curved furniture in an interior.

Not every interior trend from the past will stay dormant forever. Eventually, these styles will become a popular trend once again. Curved furniture is appealing in interiors from the most vivid to neutral home aesthetics. These structures have found new life and become statement furniture pieces in the most basic to elegant interiors. Whether you dress it up or keep it casual, the absence of edges adds gracefulness to a room. Consider decorating your interior with curved furniture using the inspiration in this guide.