Stay­ing ahead of curve

NT News - Real Estate - - Realestate Territory Builders - ROBYN WIL­LIS

Builders don’t tend to like curves. Squared edges are eas­ier — and cheaper — to ex­e­cute and, as a re­sult, have dom­i­nated con­struc­tion for decades.

But the shapes that were last seen grac­ing arch­ways in the ’80s are now once again edg­ing their way back into all as­pects of res­i­den­tial de­sign — and we may well be bet­ter off for it. From all an­gles As hu­man be­ings, we’re not re­ally built for sharp cor­ners. Rounded edges and curves make for eas­ier move­ment through rooms, par­tic­u­larly spa­ces with a lot of traf­fic such as kitchens and liv­ing ar­eas.

As house sizes shrink, the ben­e­fits of soft­en­ing the edges to al­low for a more nat­u­ral flow through spa­ces is ob­vi­ous but there are plenty of de­sign ad­van­tages to cre­at­ing rounder edges where it was once hard an­gles.

In­deed, a curved edge on a kitchen bench­top, a bath­room basin or an over­sized mod­u­lar sofa pro­vides the per­fect coun­ter­point to the hard cor­ners of the room, mak­ing it a warmer and more invit­ing space to be in.

Fit­tings with rounded edges such as basins, sinks and per­haps even sur­face ma­te­ri­als are all a lit­tle eas­ier to keep clean with­out the need to get into an­gled crevices.

Even the much ma­ligned brick arch­way is gain­ing a new le­gion of fans as high-end ar­chi­tects such as Re­nato D’Et­torre use curved en­trance­ways to break up strong lines and hard ma­te­ri­als.

Time to start lov­ing those curves.

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