How curves and soft lines can bring beauty, style and comfort to your home décor.

We’re calling it now: Curves and soft lines are in for 2020. Builders are incorporating arches in doorways and entryways in home designs. Designers are using more curves and graceful lines in furniture creations. And homeowners are tastefully decorating for a softer, more inviting vibe in a shift from straight, hard-lined modern designs.  

As the focal point of a home, fireplaces have kept pace. Passionate pros in the industrial design group of Heat & Glo stay on top of what’s on trend so you can create memories around a hearth that fits your lifestyle. 

Here is what leader Tim Johnson and his team are noticing—and incorporating—for the future of fireplace designs.  

Open up doorways, windows and rooms with arches 
“Arches have always been around as a statement piece in home design,” said Johnson. “We’re seeing them being used to bring a high-end look that brings beauty and help interior spaces work together. 

beautiful arched windows

Image c/o:  Paper Stitch  

"We love how this builder used an arched window and doorway as well curved seating and counters to deliver on that expectation,” he said. 

In this room spotted on Renonation, a segmented archway within rooms bring spaces together, yet provides enough separation to let each one keep its own character.  

Segmented archway within rooms bring spaces together, yet provides enough separation to let each one keep its own character.

Image c/o: Dots n’ Tots Interior Design 

How can you apply this trend in your home? And is it even possible to change a square opening to an arched one? It’s easier than you think with a little DIY mojo, like The Inspired Room captures in this before-and-after.

Change a square opening to an arched opening

 Images c/o: The Inspired Room 

Let curved furniture carry the load

"Something else we’re seeing a lot of are softer lines in furniture,” said Johnson. “Chairs, sofas and rugs can update a look without having to alter a doorway or entryway, like how the seating seen in Elle Décor softens a room that had strong linear lines.” 

Chairs, sofas and rugs can update a look without having to alter a doorway or entryway.

Image c/o: Elle Décor

"These chairs from Cassina just beckon you into the space with comfort and style,” said Johnson. “Round-back or barrel-back chairs and sofas with sinuous shapes favor comfort without sacrificing style.”

Super Beam Sofa. Grey Couch with neutral colored chair. Living room has pastel accent colors.  

Image c/o:Cassina 

As more manufacturers hop on the soft line trend, finding curved furniture or accents to integrate into your surroundings without disrupting a wall or opening in your home will be easy. 

How Heat & Glo fireplaces are ahead of the curve  

“Adding hearth elements such as arches or using other metal choices such as round bars can soften the style and make it feel more inviting, as well as tie it in with other curvier elements in the room such as chairs or tables,” notes Johnson. Here, a cast-iron arched front on a TRUE series gas fireplace subtly complements the pair of graceful slipper chairs.  

 Heat & Glo TRUE gas fireplace

Not only can you have an arched front, but also the industry’s only true arched gas fireplace with the Cerona gas fireplace.  Skillfully molded with seamless cantilevered corners and textured detail, the Cerona’s FireBrick® interior also generates 25 percent more warmth than steel.  


Heat & Glo Cerona Gas Fireplace 

“You can go a lot of different ways,” said Johnson. “Want a more modern farmhouse look? The front on this Cosmo gas fireplace insert features our Iron Age front, which has subtle rounded bars and a fresh, updated look.” 

Heat & Glo Cosmo 35 gas fireplace insert

Another popular curved option is the Chateau Forge front, shown here on the 6000 CLX gas fireplace. Juxtaposed against the natural, stacked stone surround the graceful lines of this front frames the flames beautifully.

Heat & Glo 6000CLX

So whether it’s arches, softer lines in furniture or curves on a fireplace, designers like Tim Johnson and his team at Heat & Glo are intent on bringing timeless style and comfort to your home. For more soft lines inspiration, head to our Trending Now Pinterest board to see and save all these ideas and more.  

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