Move over right angles – 2019 is all about celebrating the curve!
Interior experts across the globe have already predicted the popularity of curved designs for 2019. But, what’s influencing the appeal behind the fluid shape we see decorating so many homes this year?
Psychological studies claim that humans find curved shapes more visually exciting than harder, straight lines. Architect, Greg Lynn, cheekily claims there is a “palpable sexiness to curved shapes” (a thought we enjoy!) as he champions curvy digitalism in his architectural work.
According to interiors expert, Melanie Lissack, the curved form has risen to popularity because, ultimately, we yearn for a sense of the luxurious, and curvy furniture can add this touch of sumptuous style.
“Curves and circles are so visually appealing. They feel softer and more ‘modern’ than the expected right angles, so I think it is a natural progression to start to see them in furniture. Curvy shapes are very on trend and are being used by the top designers right now, so any scheme using this shape is going to look top end.”
20th century icons
Interior lovers have been enjoying revisiting of the Art Deco and French Modernist inspired glamour in their homes. This revival has influenced a rise and appeal of the sculpted, feminine designs the eras inspired.
Yet it was Art Nouveau in the 1880s that was the first notable style of art to feature dynamic, undulating, ‘whiplash’ lines. It was considered a ‘total’ style, encompassing all scales of design – architecture, interior design, jewellery, and even utensils.
Fast forward to the 1970s, and iconic art and music iconography began to embrace the boldness and confidence of Art Nouveau. This was also translated directly into furniture design – rich colours, curved shapes and heavy fabrics – these forms and colours became all the rage. Chairs and sofas became curved, and lighting shapes took on spherical forms.
Melanie forecasts this trend will continue evolving into today’s interiors across the home, not just in the sitting room.
“I expect to see more demand for curves in other areas of the home like bathrooms and kitchens as of next year.”
Curves in all the right places
The curve is an accessible, fluid shape, meaning it can mould itself to any home – regardless of the style, regardless of the theme. Adding curves to your interiors and having fun with them is a simple way of adding a quirky perspective to your home’s aesthetic.
And now the high street has embraced the trend, it’s even easier to combine this vintage shape with a modern twist. You could pair your curves with geometric furniture, linear carpets and lighting to give a 2019 ‘edge’. However, as sofa experts, we love how round edges take shape as chairs, pouffes and sofas, with their natural and organic lines perfect not just for style, but also functionality and, importantly, comfort!
Colour pops out in these designs too. Some of our favourite hues include ochre, deep blue and burnt rose, which are perfect for more shapely seating – a necessary punch of pigment that goes well with soft edges.