By Lindsey M. Roberts • The Washington Post

What was straight now curves. What was hard is now soft. There is a big shift happening in residential interiors right now — to a look that is comfortable, livable and most important, accessible. Are we seeing the death of modern design, something many regarded as cold and suitable only for kid-free minimalists? Probably not, but this trend is one that warms up the modern look.

You'll see it in friendly curves on side-table edges, headboards, mirrors, chairs and especially lighting. “People want almost a sanctuary space where they can decompress or chill out, and that goes to more pieces that have more rounded edges,” says Lisa Puchalla of LilyMae Design in Washington, D.C. She notes that this is also a nod to classic design: “I think it’s coming back around to having a space that’s still sleek but also a little bit of that round feel, and maybe even more of a traditional feel.”

However you spin it, this trend is good news for everyone — giving us all permission to mix a little bit of this and a little bit of that, put our feet up, and feel right at home.

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