Incorporating Some Kitchen Curves into Your Kitchen Remodel

Curves in your Kitchen—evaluating cost, design, and options


With the possibility of a clean slate for your kitchen as you consider a remodel, this is the time to also consider if adding some kitchen curves to your space is a dynamic way to design the new space.

Kitchen Curves – Appliances provide subtle curving

The subtle curving of a refrigerator front, stainless and glass exhaust hood, is not the only way to add curves, but can be an outstanding and reasonable choice to do so through the appliances you select.  Curves in appliances are typically more modern in interpretation, but that is not to say an antique central exhaust hood with elements of curve couldn’t be the perfect softening affect in your kitchen.  Fridges with curves often are in stainless surfaces and work in all design styles in cabinetry.  Only if you have your heart set on hiding high tech appliances for an uninterrupted look will curving appliance design prevent cabinetry applied panels.

In addition, kitchen curves can also show up in cabinetry.  Often considered a high end element, and often more challenging for the woodworker, designer, and cabinetry company to execute, curved cabinetry drawer fronts and doors are possible.  Cabinetry is available with outer, and inner, curved door and drawer fronts.  Although these tend to be relatively expensive, an alternative way to achieve a curved front is by positioning straight cabinets on slight angles over the course of a longer run of base cabinets, and then curving the top to emphasize the shape.

Kitchen Curves – Get creative with cabinetry depth  and curves

A dynamic look is also achieved by emphasizing a work space with curving accents.  Bowing out the sink, prep, or cooktop area and flanking with narrower depth cabinets also known as “wall base” cabinets can provide a striking and flexible way to add character and flow within the space, provide accessible and needed storage, and create the feel of a larger space with narrower depth base cabinets for much of the kitchen.  A curving home office makes for an efficient way to manage a desk area as well.

Considering the curving of the cabinetry tops is an efficient way to create a space that eliminates those potential sharp corners on an island—kidney shape can be a great choice, and works well as a convenient and functional work surface.  Adding a round end at a different level delineates a way to include a seating or eating bar without too much protrusion into the walkway.  Don’t worry about making these curves too symmetrical either—in some situations, an offset curve inserted in a largely straight lined room creates just the amount of softness and function to make the space dynamic and inviting.

Kitchen Curves – Solid surfaces easily can help with curves in the Kitchen or Bath

Solid surfaces in wood, granite, concrete, and composites all work well for adding curves.  Elevated shelving on the work surface level in glass, or curving exposed shelving as a decorative element is also a great way to add style and function, and those surfaces can be crafted in a variety of materials, shapes, color, thickness, and texture.  With hidden, iron, wood, or steel  supporting hardware in a variety of styles providing lots of options to consider.

Curves are also a possibility with focal point supports for bar tops.  Large custom or stock corbel supports in a curve soften the kitchen and add style.

The psychological impact of adding a bit of curving tends to make a space more accessible, inviting, and unique.  There are lots of ways to achieve it, and at lots of price points, but planning for a design with curves will be worth it!  And be sure to research kitchen remodeling costs and their return on investment if you are planning a kitchen remodeling project.