THE RETURN OF ROUNDED ELEMENTS IN MILLWORK
Embracing curves in 2024
As an architect, designer or builder you will always have that one client who wants the latest in design and functionality. This means, of course, that you will have to be aware of what is new in your field and what is on the horizon.
When it comes to cabinetry, don’t you mostly think of straight lines and sharp angles…? ! Yet, in 2024, we’ll see a captivating trend emerging again that encourages you to think beyond these conventional shapes and embrace the elegance of rounded details.
Design: PA Kitchen – A thoroughly modern, yet nostalgic tribute to the 1950’s… In this design the curved
shapes of the panels and corners, the arches of the doors and the “feel” of a fluted or reeded island face are
sharply contrasted by the substantial, straight lines of the butcher block island top extension.
Round shapes have long been associated with harmony, balance, and a sense of completeness. In psychology, they are often seen as more inviting and approachable compared to angular shapes. Curved details in cabinetry can have a positive impact on the overall atmosphere of a room by providing a sense of comfort and relaxation.
The salmon pink built-in to the left would have been attractive without the top panel. However, the scalloped or fluted, curved panel gives this unit a much more sophisticated and feminine feel.
The kids’ wardrobe on the right is a sweet design element for a toddler’s room. Rather than straight stiles in the center, the designer decided to have a “reeded” edge, thereby instantly elevating the doors to a more luxurious, soft-looking item.
Historical Significance of Curved Details
Round elements in cabinetry have a rich historical significance that dates back centuries. In ancient civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, circular motifs were used in architecture and furniture as a symbol of eternity and infinity.The circular shape was believed to represent the cycle of life and the eternal nature of the universe.
Today, we see these details slowly being embraced again by architects, interior designers, and yes, even homeowners to create contemporary and stylish spaces.
An artist’s depiction of an ancient Roman cabinet with numberous round details. Rome’s wealth and prosperity allowed upper-class merchants and rich legisiators to invest in new, elaborate architecture and design.
Characteristics of Rounded Cabinet Details
Cabinetry has been synonymous with rigid geometry for a long time and understandably
so: it’s easy to work with and it’s more economic. Curved details require more labour and
thus are more costly.
Design: PA Kitchen
Note the curved details in this shelving unit. Placed between ourward curving vertical panels, the corner backs of the individual shelves meet the corner back of the these side panels (a details added to the adjacent full-length cabinetry). In the front, however, they veer away substantially from them.
In addition, the shelf corners and the vertical support panels have curved details. The top and the gables of the base cabinet also show curvatures. To finish this dramatic and appealing look, the cabinet is wall mounted leaving the floor undermeath visible. Concealed lighting elements complete the look.
However, in 2024 you will see the marriage of form and function increasingly being
achieved through the use of curved elements. This departure from traditional linear design
not only creates a sense of fluidity, but also a harmonious balance. It will transform spaces
into visually engaging works of art.
Curved cabinetry offers a versatile canvas for creative expression, allowing you, as an architect or designer, to break away from the limitations of conventional design norms. From kitchens to living spaces and bedrooms, curved elements can seamlessly integrate and create a contemporary look while maintaining timeless elegance.
As a builder, you may find yourself at the forefront of a design revolution as curved cabinetry necessitates innovative engineering solutions. The challenge lies in crafting pieces that not only captivate the eye but also stand the test of functionality. The fusion of cutting-edge technology and masterful craftsmanship is essential to bring these curved visions to life, challenging the industry to push its boundaries.
For the designer, curved cabinetry or curved details can be a playground of possibilities. They introduce a visual rhythm that softens spaces, creating a sense of continuity and cohesion.
Whether crafting a luxurious kitchen island or designing custom storage solutions, curved elements elevate the aesthetics of interiors. They provide a tactile and sensory experience for the
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Fluted door and drawer fronts lend a sense of sophistication
Different Types of Round Details in Cabinetry
- One popular choice is curved cabinet doors. Instead of the traditional flat panels. these doors feature a gentle curve that adds a touch of elegance and sophistication. They can be used in both traditional and contemporary designs, making them a versatile option for
any style of home.
- Circular handles are another way to incorporate round details into your cabinetry. These handles provide a comfortable grip and add a unique visual element to your cabinets.
Whether you choose sleek and modern handles or ornate and decorative ones, they can instantly elevate the overall look of your space.
- Rounded edges on countertops and shelving can create a softer and more inviting look.
- Rounded moldings and trim to add a finishing touch to your cabinetry. Think bullnose or quarter/half rounds.
- The application of fluted or reeded panels to vertical surfaces for a playful, elegant look.
- Rounded gables, kitchen island bases, and flat panels with curvatures create an artistic, refined finished look.
Note the reeded door and drawer fronts in this teal-blue kitchen
Advantages of Incorporating Round Details
Incorporating rounded elements in cabinetry offers some advantages that go beyond aesthetics. One of the key benefits is enhanced safety, especially for households with small children. Sharp corners can pose a risk of injury, whereas round details minimize the chances of accidents.
Another advantage is the ease of use they offer. The smooth curves allow for easy opening and closing of doors and drawers; there is no need for excessive force or awkward hand positions. This enhances convenience as well as reducing wear and tear on the cabinetry over time.
How to Use Curved Details in Kitchens
Curvatures in Kitchens: tasteful and interesting
Round Details in Bathroom Cabinetry: Functional and Aesthetic Benefits
The bathroom is a space where functionality and aesthetics need to coexist harmoniously. By adding round details to bathroom cabinetry, you can achieve just that. One practical benefit of these details in the bathroom is the safety they offer. With no sharp corners to worry about, anyone can navigate the space with ease and minimize the risk of accidents.
Here too, from curved doors and edges to circular handles, rounded details can provide a specific look. For instance, a curved cabinet door can create a spa-like atmosphere.Adding a touch of luxury to a bathroom.
As in kitchens, circular handles provide a comfortable grip and stylish addition to any vanity or storage cabinet.
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Note the major round elements in this bathroom cicrular vanities, round sinks and mirrors. Fun and elegant.
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The reeded wall panel is the focal point in this simple and sophisticated powder room.
Rounded edges on countertops and shelving can also make a big difference in the bathroom. They create a softer look and prevent accidental bumps or bruises.
Round Details in the Living Room and Bedroom Cabinetry: Adding Warmth and Softness
One wav to do this is by opting for round-shaped entertainment centers or media cabinets these pieces add a touch of elegance and can become a focal point in any living room.
Design & Manufacturer: PA Kitchen
Asymmetrical and curved elements make a playful, cohesive TV unit worthy of lots of viewing hours.
Circular handles on storage cabinets and drawers can also add a unique visual element to living room and bedroom millwork. Whether you choose minimalist, sleek handles or decorative and ornate ones, they can instantly elevate the overall look of your space.
Design & Manufacture: PA Kitchen – Note the beautifully carved back of the open shelving of this wardrobe unit.
Round Details in Hardware: Knobs, Pulls, and Hinges
Round knobs and bulls are a popular choice for hardware. As mentioned earlier, they provide a comfortable grip and can be easily customized to match your overall design theme. From sleek and modern to vintage-inspired pulls there are endless options to choose from drawer and door grips can also be cut out of the units themselves. This keeps the face of these elements smooth and integrated.
Both images – Design & Manufacture PA Kitchen
The kitchen island drawer base on the left shows gently curved hand grips. The cabinetry on the right has a large curved section with an open shelf and a tall door to its left with a partial open, large curvature as a hand grip, showing additional blue shelving. Creative and interesting!
Meeting Client Expectations
As the demand for unique and personalized living spaces grows, you can turn to curved cabinets once again to meet the high expectations of your discerning clients. The ability to customizing curves allows for a custom approach, ensuring that each project reflects.
Beyond Straight Lines
We explored the beauty and functionality of round details in millwork. From curved cabinet doors to circular handles, these design elements add a touch of sophistication and uniqueness to any space. Rounded details soften the overall aesthetic of a room, creating a visual interest and a welcoming atmosphere.
As we have seen, they also offer practical benefits by minimizing the risk of sharp corners. thus making them safer for households with young children. Additionally, the smooth curves allow for easy opening and closing of cabinet doors and drawers, adding convenience in your daily life.
Check out PS Kitchen’s extensive new line of cabinetry at www.pakitchen.com, showing how curved elements can be incorporated to great effect.
Author: Jessica Eken
After a couple of decades as an accomplished interior architect, Jessica turned to writing for the B2B and B2C home industries.
She can be reached at www.dancingzebras.com.