Staying ahead of curve
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.