Curvy Cabinets Have Made Their Way to the Kitchen — And We’re Obsessed

published Nov 7, 2023
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Credit: Interior Designer: Kate Feather; Photo: Birgit Mons; Interior Styling: anjaikitchenstyling

Curves have been steadily making waves in the interior design world from bean-shaped sofas to swivel chairs and windows, but softer edges are now making their way into the kitchen too — and they just may be here to stay. In lieu of geometric shapes, some designers are opting for rounded kitchen islands, shapely drawers, and even curvy kitchen cabinets. Steering clear of harsh lines can create a more playful cooking, hosting, and entertaining space, while still elevating the room, particularly when it comes to cabinetry. So we talked to design experts about the trend, where it’s going, and how to get the look.

“I think the standard kitchen cabinets and boxiness of kitchens have gotten boring to some,” says Amber Guyton, the interior designer behind Blessed Little Bungalow. “I’m a big fan of adding curves and non-traditional, unique elements to kitchens that will give visual interest without affecting its functionality.”

Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson has also noticed an uptick in curves and rounded shapes when it comes to general kitchen decor like twisted candles and rounded lighting fixtures. “We started to see wavy, curvy, and relaxed edges in home decor gaining popularity late last year, and it’s only grown since,” explains Johnson. “It’s become a go-to trend because it brings together elements of fluidity, texture, and personality that can be carried out throughout the kitchen space.”

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Trends come and go, so if you’re skeptical about a more rounded kitchen renovation, especially if you don’t have an open floor plan, straying from traditional clean lines may actually offer some added practicality in addition to aesthetic appeal. Guyton uses a curved cabinet — seen above — for extra storage space to store wine, barware, cookbooks, and seasonal dining decor, keeping the objects closed off from the room, but also visually open with glass doors. 

“Their design facilitates efficient space utilization, particularly in corners, maximizing storage capacity in areas that might pose challenges for standard, rectangular cabinets,” explains Ginger Curtis, designer and CEO of Urbanology Designs.

Particularly with open-concept floor plans, the curves create a softer transition between spaces such as your kitchen and your living area. However, while the space will look more blended, the curvy shape will undoubtedly become the centerpiece of the room. 

“Curved cabinets can also soften the overall design, fostering a welcoming atmosphere. Their high degree of customization allows for integration into various kitchen styles making them a versatile choice,” says Curtis. “A curved cabinet can serve as a focal point, drawing attention and imparting a touch of sophistication to the kitchen, showcasing an innovative and unique design choice that adds a sense of freshness and creativity.”

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Despite their sophisticated beauty, curved cabinets can be a larger expense than their sleek and boxy counterparts, especially if you’re looking to get them custom made for your space. If you’re not, there are plenty of options on Amazon like this arched bookshelf, and on Urban Outfitters like this stunning storage cabinet.

There are some alternative ideas if you want to add more curves to your kitchen without doing an entire cabinetry renovation.

“If this cost is too much to swallow, consider just doing the kitchen island or a curved statement piece like a wine or china cabinet, buffet, or stools to add to the space,” suggests Guyton.

Johnson also recommends keeping the look cohesive by incorporating curvy objects like round cutting boards and circular decorative dishes. “This makes the rounded edges in the space look purposeful and pleasing to the eye — and the curvy designs add a touch of elegance,” explains Johnson. “We have a feeling that arches are going to be everywhere in 2024.” Time to ride the wave!