7 reasons this period cottage has us falling in love with curvy interiors

Ditch the straight lines and choose softer, more rounded shapes
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  • We’re all for a little house tour and when we saw this property in London’s East Sheen, we spotted that it includes one of the last year’s biggest interior trends: curves! That’s right – from arches to shapely waves and rounded features, this cottage has them all.

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    Part of a private estate of 14 houses, this particular cottage benefits from a fabulously colourful interior and has access to equally beautiful communal gardens. Ready to take a look?

    Let’s see how this traditional-look house has included trend-led curves – and how you can use those ideas in your own home.

    1. The front door

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    We’re going to start outside where usually we might ask you to guess the part we’re going to focus on, but in this instance, we’re pretty sure this stand-out feature can’t be missed.

    Yes, that beautifully arched front door in its eye-popping blue shade couldn’t be more prominent, especially set against a very square brick exterior with equally square windows. It’s anything but garish, though, and right from the offset, you know that this property is going to offer up a treat inside.

    2. Interior arches

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    Step into the living room and you’ll find more curves, with an internal arch in place of a doorway leading upstairs to a further two floors. You might spot there are steps downstairs too, and these lead to a cellar on the lower ground floor. Again, the homeowners have gone bold with colour and that petrol-blue shade ensures this room is anything but bland.

    3. Round cupboard handles

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    Now the kitchen might strike you as a room that’s more angular in design, but keep in mind that curves can be small and subtle. The rounded cabinet knobs in brushed gold maybe a tiny touch, but it’s enough to offset the very straight lines of the cabinetry and Butler sink.

    Look a little closer and you’ll see that some of the small appliances, such as the kettle, toaster and coffee machine also have a curvy shape to them, along with accessories such as the watering can and plant pots.

    4. Curvy furniture

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    Part of the same open-plan space, the dining area has a fold-down circular table and chairs that feature softly rounded backs – a great way to get a shapely feel into a straight-lined room. We love the bright-green seats that add a splash of colour, while the pattern comes in the shape of those striking geometric-style floor tiles.

    5. Shapely frames

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    This house features two bedrooms, and while the furniture isn’t rounded, the addition of a wavy-line gilt frame and copper wall lights are a small nod to the curves elsewhere. Note the bed frame is a match for the colour of the shutters, too – a nice touch, don’t you think?

    6. Circular fittings

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    How many curves can you spot in this bathroom? You’ve got the round shower head, the curved loo seat, tube-like heated towel rail, and then plant pots galore. Those aren’t the only parts providing interest, though – hexagonal and rectangular wall and floor tiles add a contrasting element to this simple room scheme.

    7. Winding paths

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    At the back of the house, even the path is a sculpted design, meandering through the lush garden to a generous-sized outbuilding.

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    Curves aren’t the only thing this period cottage has to offer and if you’d like to find out more, it’s up for sale at £800,000 with Knight Frank.

    Which curvy idea will you be stealing?

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