Humans love curves: A 2013 neuro-architectural study found that participants were more likely to judge curvilinear spaces more favourably than rectilinear spaces.

The most likely explanation for our love of all things curvaceous is that they remind us of the beauty of nature and the feminine form. That is why smartphones, cars and many other tangible items have curved instead of sharp edges.

Specifiers often favour curvilinear designs to reflect a sense of fluidity from the natural surroundings of a building, such as the ocean or forest. Curves can also soften the impact of the building on the surroundings.

Curved or circular patterns provide relief and softness to straight and angular lines and balance the harshness of too many straight lines. Curved lines give a human quality to interiors; they can be easy on the eyes and pleasing to view.

However, not all architects and builders are keen to incorporate curved walls because there is a perception that it can be a costly and complicated exercise to achieve. Not with Weathertex products, especially with our super flexible planks!

Weathertex Selflok primed and natural range weatherboards are warranted up to 25 years with a radius curve of minimum 2500mm when installed horizontally. If you favour the vertical linear, use the wide range of Weathergroove primed and natural architectural panels where they are warranted with a radius curve of minimum 7500mm.

For more curved vertical grooved designs, Weathergroove panels can be cut down and segmented around a curve of minimum 1200mm radius. Although outside Weathertex warranty specifications, it can still meet Australian building code requirements with the help of an expert builder and expert advice from Weathertex.

According to psychology, rounded edges are good for the soul! This is because they create a sense of flow that doesn’t overstimulate. Smooth edges calm and soothe us, putting our minds at ease and helping us relax.

From softly curved walls and windows to shapely internal mirrors, it’s all about curves in design right now.