Transitional Design: Old World Meets the Modern World
For Whom It Is For?
If you are looking for warmth and comfort but also don’t want to end up in a room that looks like your grandma’s…
If you find ultra-modern look too sleek and classy to feel homey…
If you want to find balance between livability and style…
If you are searching for the perfect blend of the best elements of the sophisticated classic and the sharp modern look…
What is Transitional Design?
It is referred to as “a new take on the classics” or the “classic with a modern twist” in interior and furniture design. It serves as the middle ground between the old and the modern world.
As the name also suggests, it means transmutation, realignment or conversion of two opposing styles. In essence, Transitional Design is the vertex of traditional and contemporary look.
As a result, you can have the best of both worlds. Unlike traditional rooms, you can achieve calm and order without being predictable. You can actually use less ornate details without your room ends up looking severely basic and outdated. Also unlike contemporary designs, you can focus on comfort and practicality to meet your own lifestyle.
Transitional Design is all about balance and cohesion. It allows you to toss the rules out of the window, get rid of overwhelming scales of furniture pieces and create a functional home design that works for you.
7 Tips to Pull Off Transitional Style in Your Own Interiors
While there are so many ways to mix modern and traditional look, here’s a list of guidelines to help you pull off and experience Transitional Design at its best.
- Make your room uncomplicated by using minimal accessories and less ornamentation. Huge and overwhelming decorations do not really establish simplicity.
- For upholstery and floors, use calming color palettes that are neutral or subtle like soft shades of grays, tans, blues, greens or purples rather than their harsh versions.
- Use deep colors in art and accents to balance the monochromatic look of the room. Your accessories must be bold enough to create visual interest and impact in the space without causing the distraction in its overall appeal.
- When choosing furniture pieces, find a comfortable size, something that would leave enough space for functionality and at the same time take up a commanding presence in your room.
- Add or use plush fabrics in your room to make it feel homey and welcoming.
- A transitional look is all about clean lines, simplicity and sophistication therefore when selecting fabrics for rugs, throw pillows and blankets, pick the ones with tones of the same color and small scale graphics. Also, use soft shades that would add pops of color in your room and would give you a soothing and peaceful feeling. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
- Create a balanced mix of textural elements in your room such as wood, glass, lacquer, fabric and metal to help pull your room together and make it look fabulous. For example, if your kitchen cabinets are installed with traditionally carved woods, then you might want to use steel countertops and contemporary lighting.
In essence, Transitional Design allows you to enjoy the comfort of a traditional room in spite of the hectic nature of everyday life and at the same time, to luxuriate and take pride in its modern flair.
However, it is not an easy look to pull together. You can try to do it all by yourself especially if you have a certain eye for beauty but it is highly recommended that you consult an interior designer to provide you more options and guide you with your design decisions.