Combine the comforts of traditional furniture with sleek elements of modern and contemporary design and voila! – transitional style that is sophisticated, clean, and serene. Its simple color palette and emphasis on texture over patterns creates a look that is not only timeless and adaptable, but appealing to both masculine and feminine tastes.
The beauty of transitional design is that you don’t have to choose one style of décor over another. Typically, the style combines traditional and contemporary looks, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. For example, a beige couch with a rounded profile (traditional) might be placed next to an accent chair with a dark finish and straight legs (mid-century modern). This approach can influence everything you select for a room, not only furniture, but finishes, materials, and fabrics as well. At the end of the day, the look should just be kept simple and sophisticated.
Part of what makes transitional décor so restful is its focus on neutral colors. When cream, taupe, khaki, and gray are used as the foundation for a room, it creates more opportunity for fun with an occasional pop of color. Patterns, if used at all, should be subtle as well. However, don’t dismiss bold accents entirely. If used strategically, these pieces are key to giving your room a high-end feel. Consider transitional lighting like an interesting chandelier. Textured materials are a great way to add interest to transitional furniture and make up for the lack of color as well. Leather, sisal, burlap, and chenille all add tactile appeal.
Unlike eclectic style, transitional spaces are lightly adorned with accessories, allowing you and your furniture plenty of space to breathe. Be selective with decorative accents and pick impressionable pieces of art. For example, one large black-and-white painting is better than a gallery wall full of frames.
When in doubt, just remember that transitional design is sleek. This simplicity keeps it easy to make minor updates over time and on point with home décor trends.
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