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What is Transitional Home Decor?
Elements of Exterior Transitional Design
- Fusion of Traditional and Contemporary design styles
Elements of Interior Transitional Design
- Curved furnishings with straight-lined lacquered finishes,
- Limited use of accessories,
- Use of impactful art as focal points,
- Neutral color palette, and
- Textural elements such as wood, glass, lacquer, rattan, fabric, steel and metal
Think you like some of the aspects of contemporary design, mid-century modern style, and some of the design elements of traditional design? Well, then, you’re looking at the transitional style of things. This is where you’re going to get some more modern aspects in a simplistic sense but you’re also going to get a little more of the classic elegance to go along with it. The idea is to have something simple and functional that is also very sophisticated and helps provide a comfortable space for you and your family. You’ll find a whole lot of options here and a lot of diverse styles to match the diverse structure.
Distinguishing Design Features
The most distinguishing features of this particular design style are going to be the serene style of colors that range from dark browns to pale beige and ivory colors. You’re also going to find more minimalist options here, which is where the contemporary style starts to shine through. You won’t’ have a lot of extra accessories and pieces but you will have very stylish ones. The traditional style shows in some of the furniture aspects where you’ll often find more overstuffed couches and chairs. You’ll find the wood floors and accents work well with both designs and help to highlight both types of elements.
There are all types of different materials here and you’ll find all different textures to go along with it. There will be fabrics like linen and cotton primarily and a lot of wood in just about everything including accent pieces and flooring. This and rugs are going to be very standard with this type of style and the entire thing is going to be balanced out with light and dark colors to complement each other. The fabrics are going to have a range of different patterns that will highlight both the traditional and contemporary styles within your space which can be plain, solid colors, stripes, polka dots, and a whole lot more. Keep in mind that minimalism and simplicity are also part of the key aspects which are going to help shape the design choices.
The furniture in this style is going to be reminiscent of each of the design styles and though it’s primarily going to be wood-based furniture with fabric coverings you can find some that are completely wood or even some types of metal. It’s usually going to be natural in style meaning more wood tones and simplicity but you can find a little more extravagant pieces as well. The main focus is going to be on comfort because this is one area that the traditional side of things tends to shine through. You could also have some curved and some straight pieces, as well as masculine and feminine techniques that combine together to create each individual piece. The main aspect is that everything is slightly oversized but enough only to feel comfortable rather than to feel overbearing or overwhelming.
The design and decorative pieces that you’ll find are going to be more minimal because they’re typically based more on the contemporary side of things. You’ll find things like potted plants, black and white pictures and frames or even small candlesticks. The décor will generally match and flow together quite well and it’s also going to flow well with the other pieces. You’ll find more elegant aspects in the decorative pieces to help highlight the elegance throughout the more traditional style but everything is done more simply.
Most pieces are going to be smaller or dainty in size or in number to avoid overwhelming the room with a lot of accessories. You’ll find that there are not as many knick knacks or accent pieces as space is kept open and clean lines are arranged throughout. This is all intended to provide a more spacious approach which is common in the contemporary style. By combining a few elements from each aspect you’re going to have a little bit of everything in the way of accessories. Simplicity is important, however, so make sure you’re not going to overdo it with the pieces you pick out.
Why it Looks Great
This is a great look because it combines the best aspects of both styles. You’re going to have simple lines and spaces as well as some more sophisticated and elegant pieces that add a little bit of a feminine touch. You get some balance between the modern and the traditional and that’s definitely going to create a style that feels a little bit eclectic but slightly more toned down. The main idea is to get sophistication but not feel too old-fashioned at the same time. It’s great for those who like a little bit of everything but like to keep the colors and the tone down a little.