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Trend Spotlight: 21 Ways to Try On The Curved Furniture Design Trend

Step aside straight lines and sharp edges—the curved furniture trend is here and we’re loving it! This re-emergence of sculptural shapes and organic lines creates a beautiful balance of modern and feminine energies within a space.

This trend, as its name suggests, features pieces with sloped lines, curved silhouettes, and not a harsh angle in sight. It’s all about show-stopping pieces that add a touch of glamour and elegance to any setting.

What era does curved furniture come from?

The curved furniture trend has roots in the 1970s, when designers started embracing a more feminine approach to modern furniture. Danish and mid-century modern furniture of the 50s and 60s were all about straight, clean lines, and by the 70s people were ready for something a bit softer. This trend continued into the 80s and was only furthered by a resurgence of Art Deco style—which also relies on sculptural shapes and curved edges.

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Why is curved furniture a popular trend today?

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again: 80s design is back in full swing. And the curved furniture trend rode in on the coattails of this 80s resurgence, since the two are so interconnected.

But more than that, there’s a growing love for furniture that has a sculptural quality—which is deeply connected to the biophilic design trend. The last decade has involved a lot of big, boxy upholstered furniture pieces. And while that’s a timeless-but-trendy look that we love, we’re seeing more and more people gravitate toward pieces of furniture that make bold statements and feel like works of art. And that’s exactly what these curvaceous pieces of furniture do—while also bringing energy and good flow to a space.

After more than a year of being hunkered down during the pandemic, curved furniture—especially sofas and chairs—is having a moment in entertaining and living room spaces. These pieces work really well in spaces that can host a group, as they make it easy to sit and turn and chat with others. There’s a conversational quality to the shape of these pieces. Plus, they pair well with other furniture styles, so you can easily mix and match pieces.

But curvy furniture isn’t exclusive to public spaces in your home. We’re also seeing a lot of sculptural and curved furniture in bedrooms and home offices!

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Tips for Decorating with Curved Furniture

Want to know how to decorate with curved furniture or just include one or two statement pieces into an existing room? Here are the top 3 tips to pull off this trend, straight from our designers.

1. Start Small

If you’re not sure how you feel about this decor trend, or aren’t sure if it’s quite your look, test it out with a smaller piece of furniture. Consider finding an accent chair, lamp, or even pouf with curvaceous qualities rather than diving in head first with a curved sofa.

2. Go Bold

Curved furniture already has a statement-making quality about it. Take it one step further with a bold upholstery choice. A boucle or velvet fabric will help your curved furniture make even more of a statement.

3. Don’t Be a Wallflower

With the sculptural quality of curved furniture, you can’t treat these pieces like a regular piece of furniture, pushed against a wall. Whether it’s a curved sofa or accent chair, consider floating it off the wall, more toward the center of the room, so it can be walked around and admired from all sides.

Curved Furniture Design Ideas

Ready to see these tips in action? Scroll down for a ton of curved furniture design inspiration!

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1. Modern Sculptural Dining Room

We love using material as ornament—and this dining room has that in spades. These upholstered dining chairs are curved top-to-bottom and finished in a dreamy earthy-orange velvet. But we didn’t stop with one statement in this space. By pairing these chairs with a marble dining table, you have a statement-on-statement look! This space doesn’t have a lot of ornament or decorative accents—rather, the pieces themselves are the ornament through their material and forms. There’s also a lot of contrast in this space: the balance of warm and cool with the white marble and the orange chairs, the curved lines with the strong lines of the table, and the soft velvet in contrast with the hard stone finish.

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2. Comfortable, Classic Accents

If you want an easy, low-risk way to dabble in the trend, try out some slightly curvy side chairs or a curved coffee table. The two pictured above lean more classic in both shape and material, so they’re a less trendy take on curved furniture and won’t feel tired in a few years.

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3. Miami Glam Living Room

What do you get when you combine palm-print wallpaper with a curved pink velvet sofa? This incredible tropical boho glam living room. It’s the kind of space that’s made for a modern-day Blanche Devereaux!

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4. Soft, Organic Bedroom

A curved nightstand can bring a lot of visual intrigue into a bedroom—especially when paired with a rectangular headboard. The unexpected shape breaks up the angles on the bed and adds contrast to other bedroom furniture, bringing a softer and more organic quality into this restful space.
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5. Curved Entryway Drama

If you’re looking to make a bold statement in an entryway or even a wide hallway, consider incorporating a curved console table, which is a timeless piece that’s full of personality.. The streamlined arc of a curved console is a simple way to add a sculptural quality to an otherwise unremarkable space. It can make a statement on its own—but it can also be paired with bold wall art or tabletop decor without looking over-the-top, thanks to its minimal design.

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6. Ornamented Office Nook

We love that combination of a sculptural shape and bold material. Burl is a beautiful type of wood that’s naturally ornamental. So, a piece of furniture made of burl wood is already going to make a statement. But when it’s crafted into a desk with a rounded, oval-shaped top and chunky half-mood legs—wow. You have yourself a work of art. Be sparing with your accessories, as this piece needs some breathing room and can stand on its own two feet. But if you want to make it pop even more, pair it with a dark, contrasting wall color!

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7. A Dose of Understated Glam

What’s better than one piece of curved furniture? A room full of curved pieces! This living room has curves everywhere—from the curved sofa and accent chair to the coffee table and ottoman. Even the side chair that has angular arms has a curved back for balance! The key to pulling off this “curves-on-curves” look is mixing materials. A sleek sofa, mixed with a nubby boucle side chair and ottoman creates visual and textural contrast. The addition of a burl wood coffee table adds a natural element, as well as some ornamentation.

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8. A Lesson in Contrast

Here’s another way to bring a little contrast and drama to a space: pairing hard lines and strong angles with soft, curved shapes. Here, you can see that contrast come to life with a substantial dining table, featuring a strong rectangular shape, paired with curved dining chairs, in a space where even the ceiling is angular. The arrangement is further softened by the caning back and boucle seat of these chairs.

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9. A Sculptural Statement

Sometimes curved furniture seamlessly fits into a room’s design—other times it pops and really makes a statement! Such is the case with this sculptural armchair in a spicy red velvet, which is ready to make a statement in any room! A piece like this is the perfect marriage of contemporary and glam styles, making the most of both curves and negative space.

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10. Subtle Curves

Looking for a super subtle way to dip your toe into the curved furniture trend? Try out a sofa with curved arms rather than one that’s super blocky and rectangular (a shape that’s been the trend throughout the last decade). We love the modern shape of this sofa, which has a relaxed, lived-in look that feels very approachable. Here, we paired it with some rustic and eclectic design elements, which just shows off the versatility of this furniture trend!

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11. Curvy Coastal Chic

Chunky weaves and natural textures add a rustic, unfussy look that’s characteristic of coastal designs. But you’ll often find these natural materials in more geometric shapes. However, this bed is proof that coastal decor can get curvy too! In fact, an arched headboard like this gives a beachy wicker bed a modern facelift, elevating this bedroom with chic, classic lines. This piece could make a statement on it’s own—but we love how it pops and contrasts against the herringbone-inspired wallpaper!
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12. Reinterpretation of a Classic

In need of a little extra storage? Storage cabinets are a great way to pack in extra storage and organization to any room. But typically these pieces are rectangular. We love the sleek and streamlined form of this cabinet, which reinterprets traditional armoire designs through a fresh lens. While curved furniture is currently a trend, this particular curved and clean-lined piece is a classic and will bring stunning style to your living room, dining room, bedroom, or even entryway for years to come.

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13. A Dramatic, Glam Conversation Area

Want to create a living room or seating area that’s not centered around a television? We love the idea of a quad of matching chairs circled around a coffee table for a non-traditional twist on a gathering space—especially if they’re curved armchairs circled around a cloverleaf coffee table! There’s something about the curves of these pieces that seem so perfect for gathering a circle of friends. We also love how these chairs have cutaways in the back that add to their sculptural quality and makes them even more visually interesting. And, of course, the gold trim on the seats and the brass and marble on the coffee table add a pop of luxury to this conversation area.

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14. Curvy Canopy Bed

This arched canopy bed frame is a major statement—and has very 80s design vibes. The geometric design feels very playful and makes for a very fun twist on a classic canopy bed. You could ground the look with more modern, streamlined pieces—or play up the playfulness with eclectic and colorful furniture and decor!

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15. High-Drama Home Office

Do you love drama? A dark wall color and plenty of gold accents is a great place to start. But if you really want to amp up the drama, try out an oval, sloping table or some curved accent chairs, like the ones pictured here! These chairs have a stunning, modern shape—but the form is made more inviting by its cozy boucle upholstery. Because who says you can’t have comfort and style in one piece?

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16. A Seashell Sofa

What’s more fun than a curved sofa? A curved sofa with channel tufting! A feminine design, the combination of the color, bowed shape, and tufting on this sofa have some definite Art Deco influences (and seashell vibes!). With such a statement piece, keep throw pillows to a minimum so as not to distract from the detailing.

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17. A Cozy, Curved Reading Nook

Plush, curved chairs are the perfect seat to use in a reading nook. A curved form and sloped armrests have a cozy, inviting air about them, which is just what you want in a reading chair! We love the idea of this chair in a traditional-style bedroom. The shape of the chair adds a pop of modernity to the space but doesn’t fight with the other more traditional design elements.

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18. Glamorous Modern Sitting Room

Sometimes it’s the materials and colors that up the glam factor in a room. Other times it’s the shapes. In the case of this sitting room, it’s both! A curved white sofa on spindly gold legs sets the tone for the space—and a rounded barrel-back chair in a wine upholstery, plus a couple of rounded acrylic tables, turn this space into an elevated, glamorous sitting room that’s fit for a queen!

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19. 80s-Inspired Bedroom

This bedroom is the ultimate take on a modern 80s look. The curved headboard—a modern take on the traditional shelter-style headboard—sets the tone. But the 80s vibes are driven home with Memphis-inspired wall art and color scheme, along with the arched nightstands and round lamps!

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20. An On-Trend Nursery

Even nurseries can try out the curved furniture trend! This curved crib is proof that not all cribs have to be rectangular! With its oval shape and curved form, we love the idea of floating this piece into the room rather than pushing it against the wall to really showcase its gorgeous design!

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21. Modern Art Deco Bedroom

We love the concentric arches carved within this curvy headboard. It has some Art Deco vibes, while also playing with some boho influences. The sculptural, tapered bench at the end of the bed beautifully complements the shape of the headboard, while a geometric rug adds visual contrast.

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Trend Spotlight: Animal Art Is Bringing Joy to Our Walls

A decor trend we’re loving right now? Animal art! It’s such a fun way to add a whimsical element to any space, giving your walls a little extra dose of personality. And we’re not just talking cute animal portraits for a kid’s room! (Though we love it there, too.) There are so many different ways to try out this trend. However you incorporate it into your home, it has a way of bringing personality and joy to your space.

To show you the many ways you can bring this trend to life in your own home, we’re showing off some of our favorite animal art ideas for rooms of all styles, below. Keep reading to get the scoop on a few of our favorite pieces!

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Animal Art for Contemporary Spaces

In a contemporary space, we love the idea of animal art in muted tones—which adds visual interest and personality to your walls but isn’t over-the-top bold. These pieces skew more timeless and sophisticated rather than trendy.

We love the idea of vintage-inspired naturalist prints or watercolors for a contemporary space. Ultimately, look for animal art that compliments the color palette in your space.

See our favorite contemporary picks below!

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Blue Dragonflies Bookplate, Antique Curiosities

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Dragonfly bookplate, Antique Curiosities

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Hummingbird Plate, Antique Curiosities

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Moment of Waiting II, Chelsea Art Studio

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After Winter III, Chelsea Art studio

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Animal Art for Rustic Rooms

If ever there were a style where animal art felt right at home, it would be in a rustic space! Rustic and Farmhouse design styles offer the perfect backdrop for animal art, since animals are such an integral part of farm life, and rural living naturally inspires these styles.

Look for paintings of farm animals—sheep, horses, and dogs being a few of our favorites. These pieces pair nicely with paintings of barns or landscapes. But you could also opt for animal photography to give you space a more modern edge. Longhorn cows and Scottish Highland cattle are some of our favorite animals to look for in photographs!

See our favorite rustic picks below!

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Mugshot I, Chelsea Art Studio

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Morning Farm II, Chelsea Art Studio

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Cavallo, Chelsea Art Studio

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Ride Easy, Chelsea Art Studio

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On the Grass, Chelsea Art Studio

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Animal Art for Glam Spaces

You might not think that Hollywood Glam and animal art go together—but one of the little known tenets of Hollywood Glam style is that there is almost always a piece of animal print in the room. We’re talking zebra stripes, cheetah print, snake skin, and more. References to animals are quite common in this style—so animal art in the right style is actually a natural for a glam space!

Glam animal art will be more bold than that in rustic or contemporary space, and it might even be abstracted or surprising. Look for pieces with pops of gold or something that’s high-contrast to help bring the drama!

See our favorite glam picks below!


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Black and White Butterfly, Antique Curiosities


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Golden Butterfly III, Chelsea Art Studio



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Birds with Magnolias I, Chelsea Art Studio


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Birds with Magnolias II, Chelsea Art Studio

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Animal Art for Kid Rooms and Nurseries

When you think of animal art, kids rooms and nurseries might be the first space you’d think these pieces would go. And kids rooms really are a great home for animal art! If your little one loves their furry friends, this is a great way to add charm and personality to their space.

We like to look for pieces with personality—whether that’s portrait-style paintings or prints of animals dressed up like people. But a cute, simple watercolor of a baby animal is a classic pick for nursery art! Look for fun colors and whimsical designs, which will add sweetness to your child’s room.

See our favorite kids picks below!

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Watercolor Lion, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Camels, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Bunny with Glasses, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Peacocks, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Piglets, Antique Curiosities

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Animal Art for Color-Enthusiasts

For color-enthusiasts looking for animal art, the bolder the better! A lot of animal art can skew more neutral or muted, which is reflective of the natural world. But there are ways to add major pops of color to animal-inspired art, giving your space a bright and cheerful vibe.

Look to fauna of the jungle—like butterflies or birds of paradise—for your subject matter. These pieces often have a more abstracted look and feel, and a bolder use of color, making them great for modern spaces.

See our favorite bright and cheerful picks below!

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Perilous Wings VI, Chelsea Art Studio

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Perilous Wings IV, Chelsea Art Studio

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Navy Folk Art, Antique Curiosities

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Watercolor Parrots, Antique Curiosities

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Proudly a Statmentmen, Chelsea Art Studio

 

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Design History: Celebrating 100 Years of Art Deco Design

You may or may not follow trends—but they probably show up in your life (or your Instagram feed) in some way. No matter how you feel about them, there’s no denying that cultural trends play a role in our lives. When it comes to interior design, popular trends definitely impact how we choose to decorate our homes, whether consciously or not.

But interior design trends, like any trend, evolve organically and tend to follow cyclical patterns. Meaning? Different styles rise and decline in popularity, then eventually rise again. It’s almost guaranteed that something that was once popular will eventually find its way back to the spotlight.

One such trend, which has had several moments in the trend spotlight over the last century, is Art Deco design.

Art Deco is an iconic design style that showed up on the scene in the early 1900s. A bit over-the-top, it’s known for its use of luxurious materials and geometric patterns. This style originated in France (one more reason to love it), then spread throughout Europe and America in the 1920s. And that’s when this style became an icon.

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What is Art Deco design?

If you don’t know what exactly “art deco” is, don’t worry—you’ve likely seen it somewhere before but just didn’t know what you were looking at. A prime example? The lavish interiors of The Great Gatsby.

A style that’s all about opulence and drama, Art Deco combines modern styles with high-end craftsmanship and luxurious materials. It celebrates symmetry and rectilinear forms through vertical lines, smooth and streamlined surfaces, and geometric patterns such as zigzags, chevrons, and starbursts.

Much more than just an interior design style, the Art Deco movement influenced the design of whole buildings, as well as automobiles, jewelry, fashion, and so much more. There are some beautiful and iconic examples of Art Deco architecture—including famous edifices like the Chrysler Building, Rockefeller Center, the Empire State Building, and the Bullocks Wilshire building in LA.

The entrance to the Strand Palace Hotel, designed by Oliver P. Bernard in 1930.

Art Deco: A Brief History

First appearing in France just before WWI, Art Deco was a design style that paired newly developed materials with historically luxurious ones. Think: ivory, mahogany, and shagreen alongside chrome and plate-glass. With this mixing of materials, furniture and decor moved beyond mere function and pieces were transformed into sculptures that mimicked architecture. With that, the style was born.

The Art Deco movement significantly grew in popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, embodying the zeitgeist of that time period. The 1920s was a decade of opulence and advancement. The United States economy was booming, technological advances were on the rise, and culture was in the throes of the jazz age. Art Deco reflected the luxury, wealth, and excess of the 1920s.

As America moved into the Great Depression after the market crash in 1929, the movement became a symbol of hope for the future. During this era, Hollywood films exemplified the Art Deco style and continued to strengthen its associations with wealth, luxury, and the prosperous future. Art Deco artists and architects also celebrated the idea of modern life and advances in technology through their use of new materials and emphasis on luxury.

In the United States, Art Deco style was mostly used in civic and public buildings, as you can see from some of our favorites above. Meanwhile, residential homeowners and architects were slower to embrace new styles, so you won’t see this style as much in residential buildings.

Art Deco declined as a trend around the time of WWII, as Americans favored practicality and reserve over opulence and excess. And the postwar era continued to support more practical, everyday designs, which ultimately led toward the Mid-Century Modern design movement.

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Art Deco in the 80s

The 1980s was another period of wealth in America, and Art Deco reemerged as a popular design style. During the 80s, there was a love for gold finishes and luxurious (or at least luxurious-looking) materials, like black marble and brass, as well as the reinterpretation of Art Deco patterns. This not only showed up in architecture and interior design but you can also see the geometric and angular designs of 1920s Art Deco in 80s fashion and jewelry.

Read This Next: Trend Spotlight – The 80s are Back

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Art Deco Today

Today, we continue to see our culture pulling from the past for design inspiration and mixing in different eras in an eclectic way. Designers today are finding new ways to revive the Art Deco trend in interior design. In furniture, we’re seeing a lot of pieces with sculptural lines, both curved and geometric. In rugs, wallpaper, and upholstery, geometric patterns echoing some of the great Art Deco designs are plentiful. There’s also a rise in investing in higher-quality or more unique materials in furniture, like marble and burl wood—and gold accents are everywhere. Art Decor has particularly always been incredibly popular in Miami interior design.

It seems fitting that Art Deco is a popular style once again, as we’re now passing the 100-year mark of its original debut. The 2020s may not be as roaring (in a good way) as the 1920s, but one thing is for sure: Art Deco style is here to stay.

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