Ahead Of The Curve

Ahead Of The Curve

Ahead Of The Curve

Welcoming, comfortable and luxurious – one of this year’s top interiors trends is for elegant schemes, striking or subtle, that feature rounded, organic, curvy shapes.

By Katherine Sorrell

Round and Round

  • Specifically designed for comfort and relaxation, upholstery is, of course, inherently soft and at least slightly rounded. If, however, you are in the market for a new chair, sofa or headboard, you may wish to up the ante and choose a style that features heavily rounded outlines and extra-squidgy shapes.
  • A circular rug makes a nice change from the usual square or rectangle. And an organic, non-symmetrical shape would be even better still.
  • Organic, sculptural shapes can take centre stage in all sorts of other ways, from light fittings to mirrors and side tables, and even small accessories such as vases or candle holders. Add abstract artworks featuring fluid lines and flowing shapes to emphasise the look.
  • Think about prints: introduce a few curvaceous patterns, whether striking or subtle, on wallpaper, cushions or blinds.
  • Balance the look with clean, straight lines for added interest. To allow the scheme to shine, keep colours relatively neutral and monochrome, and minimise clutter. Overall, it’s an aesthetic that’s an appealing combination of bold and soft, retro and modern.


  1. This striking vase has a sculptural, organic feel that would work equally well on its own or combined with ceramics. Galwell curved glass vase, £65, Cult Furniture.
  2. Contrasted with the straight, square lines of the window, the curvy pieces in this living room make an intriguing statement and have a welcoming yet stylish look. Gigi six-light ceiling fitting, £125; Arlo boucle compact two-seater sofa in ivory, £399; Arlo distressed faux leather chair in grey, £249; Enzo cage coffee table, £249; Contour abstract rug; from £109; all Dunelm.
  3. Contemporary design meets mid-century style in this cool printed cushion, available in canvas and faux suede. Thelma cushion, from £40, Gail Myerscough.
  4. Float this elegantly curved sofa in the middle of your living room to anchor an organic furniture plan, or pop it in an underused corner to make a subtle statement. Ether curved sofa in graphite velvet, £4,725, Jonathan Adler.
  5. This glamorous but understated occasional side table is made from solid American walnut, with a base in black-lacquered tubular steel. Pebble table, price on application, Ligne Roset.
  6. Made in the shape of an irregular pebble, the woollen tufts of this rug are sculpted in different heights, achieving the effect of topographical curves. Gavrinis 3 rug in beige, price on application, Ligne Roset.
  7. Finished in toughened black glass, and with a black, polished-marble top, this statement sideboard has a distinctively curved shape and features two spacious cupboard areas and three drawers. The interior is in black stained ash. Anastasia black glass sideboard with brass details, £1,319.99, MY Furniture.
  8. This organic statement pendant is hand crafted in Stoke-on-Trent from the finest bone china. Each ‘pebble’ is attached with brass slotted finials, with a matching brass ceiling rose and grey cotton braided cable. Pebble pendant, £1,649, Original BTC.
  9. This alluring headboard is made from a lightweight velvet in a glamorous, scalloped design, creating a sophisticated focal point for an elegant bedroom. Art Deco super-king headboard in beige linen, £1,500, Rockett St George.



  • Cult Furniture: 020 8185 6960; cultfurniture.com
  • Dunelm: 0845 165 6565; dunelm.com
  • Gail Myerscough: 07914 264 973; gailmyerscough.co.uk
  • Jonathan Adler: 020 7589 9563; jonathanadler.com
  • Ligne Roset: ligne-roset.com/uk
  • MY Furniture: 0800 092 1636; my-furniture.com
  • Original BTC: 020 7351 2130; originalbtc.com
  • Rockett St George: 01444 253 391; rockettstgeorge.co.uk
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