There is no better architectural feature than a curved wall. Its construction alone is a work of art created by skilled artisans. By their nature, concave and convex walls stand out and draw the eye in, offering amazing opportunities to create focal points or feature walls in a space. Knowing how to decorate a curved wall, however, may elude a homeowner. While the smooth curves of a wall offer interest, there are varieties of ways to accentuate the wall creating more visual appeal.
A current trend in hanging photos and framed artwork is to create a gallery wall. Gallery walls are eclectic collections of art in varied sizes and shapes hung together in a pleasing manner. Creating a gallery wall on a curve is a little unnerving as one measures and spaces the positions of each art piece, hoping each lays flush with the wall. An easier solution would be to use a track system such as the Contempo Systems by AS Hanging. A thin metal bar attaches effortlessly to the curve of a wall and allows a simpler way to hang art by using wires that fall down along the wall. Photos and art attach to the wire and spaced out to cover the wall evenly. The only measuring is to note the position along the wire to attach the hanging photos. Hanging photos and framed art on the track system lets you change it up as you wish, without having to readjust the spacing of the wires.
The use of paint to draw the eye to a curved wall is another popular option. There are several ways to play up the details with paint. Often times a focal point or feature wall will stand out by simply painting it a shade or two darker than the other three walls. A plain dark wall may seem dull and boring though. Opting for a different sheen of paint will add interest. Natural light will bounce off a high gloss sheen creating the illusion on a convex wall that it is expanding into the space, while using an eggshell or flat sheen absorbs the light, making a concave wall appear to pull back from the room.
Create more interest by painting horizontal stripes using a tone on tone approach with varied sheens of one hue or by alternating a darker shade with a lighter hue. Measure the distance between the stripes very carefully and lay the tape down in a straight line alone the curve to insure the creation of a clean even stripe. The stripes will highlight the shape of a curved wall, drawing the eye in. This would be an excellent treatment for a curved wall found in an entry way or hallway.
The uses of textiles or tapestries have been popular ways to decorate walls for centuries. At one time, the use of tapestries served two purposes, to keep a room warmer during winter and to add interest to dark dank spaces. Today, textiles still make excellent wall decor. Fabric drapes conform easily allowing them to lay flat and follow the gentle curve of a wall. Common textiles used can range from a favorite quilt passed down from generations to a gorgeous piece of silk discovered on a trip abroad.
With a little imagination, decorating a curved wall to create a feature wall can have a large impact on the design of a room. Whether hanging photos on a track system, using different shades of paint to create interest or opting to hang Grandmother's quilt a curved wall will draw the attention of the people in the room.