Sculptural Elements in Interior Design

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A blend of actual sculpture and sculptured furnishings bring interest to this room
A blend of actual sculpture and sculptured furnishings bring interest to this room (decoist)

Sculptural elements are everywhere in interior design.  They are in the gentle sloping curve of the sofa, in the sharp lines of the coffee table, or along the edge of a doorway.  In some homes, however, sculptural elements are more pronounced and they give a space character, drama and interest.  Let’s explore the various sculptural elements in interior design and how they impact a space.

This home resonates with sculptural appeal
This home resonates with sculptural appeal (homedesignfind)

The shape that a piece of furniture takes, or even the trim, can lend much to a room and how the space evolves.  Rounded shapes and curves contrast rigid lines and sharp points to create movement and give a space interest.

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Sculptural interior design (decoist)

The soft curves of seating and the legs of a table create a sculptural quality in the home.

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Sculptural interior design (knoll)

Adding soft edges and rounded shapes to a space with a dominant linear aesthetic reduces the severity and makes the space inviting.

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Sculptural interior design (decoist)

Some furniture is functional art, standing alone as a sculptural piece.

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Sculptural interior design (Architectural Digest)

Each piece in these interiors has sculptural impact.  The structured squares of the table contrast with the soft curves of the chairs.  The wave of the console table creates a rhythmic pattern that is pleasing to the eye.

Sculptural interior design
Sculptural interior design (newyorkspaces)

The wall panel is a sculptural element, as is the light fixture above the table.  The antler chair is a piece of functional art that makes a statement with its sculptural quality.

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Sculptural interior design (6sqft)

Sometimes it only takes just one object, such as a light fixture, to add an element of sculpture to a room.  A unique light fixture can also balance other pieces and create a rhythm throughout the room.

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Sculptural interior design (bestdesignideas)
Unique sculptural chandelier
Unique sculptural chandelier (home-designing)
Unique sculptural chandelier
Unique sculptural chandelier (2015interiordesign)
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Sculptural interior design (palmspringsstyle)

Varying the shape of furnishings gives a room more interest and creates balance.

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Sculptural interior design (creationmarine)

Mid-century modern furniture and interiors demonstrate a strong example of sculptural appeal.

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Sculptural interior design (Houzz)

Include a surprising sculptural element in a room, such as a these stunning gold pieces flanking the fireplace.

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Sculptural interior design (drawhouse)

A unique screen of geometric shapes highlights this mid-century room.  The yellow pendant lights are also a stand-out sculptural element.

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Sculptural interior design (dwell)

Accessorize with sculptural pieces for an added layer.  The furnishings in this room carry a sculptural weight that is balanced with linear shapes and softer curves.

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Sculptural interior design (littlepieceofme)

Pieces of sculpture and a unique floor lamp accessorize this room.

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Sculptural interior design (minimalisti)

For some homes, the sculptural element is right outside the window.  Nature is its own work of art and including that in your interior is as easy as opening up the view.

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Sculptural interior design (2014interior)

A statement piece of furniture, such as a dining table, brings a strong sculptural element to an interior.

Sculptural table and light fixture
Sculptural table and light fixture (ildecor)
Sculptural table
Sculptural table (decoist)

An accent piece, such as a chair or side table, can be added to a space for sculptural interest.

Sculptural chair
Sculptural chair (pelfind.net)
Sculptural table for outdoor area
Sculptural table for outdoor area (1stdibs)

For the very unique modern home, open staircases that are works of art speak clearly of sculptural significance.

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Unique sculptural staircase
Unique sculptural staircase (minimalisti)
Unique sculptural staircase
Unique sculptural staircase (home-designing)
Unique sculptural staircase
Unique sculptural staircase (trendir)

Sculptural elements can be built into the architecture of the home with unique room dividers and ceiling beams.

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Sculptural interior (marvelbuilding)

Look around your home and define what stands out to you.  Consider its sculptural nature and appeal.  For added interest, install a statement light fixture or invest in a piece of significant artwork, functional or otherwise.  Adding a sculptural essence to your home may just be easier than it appears.

Sculptural interior design
Sculptural interior design (gmtoday)

 

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