When Scott and Kathleen Edwards moved from their suburban Charleston home into the historic Ansonborough neighborhood downtown, they decided their décor needed a change as well. Their suburban home had been traditional – fine for raising a family – but with their children soon off to college, Kathleen pictured something a bit more modern. The result was beautiful transitional style.
One room that showcases this style, perhaps more than any other in the home, is Scott and Kathleen’s master bedroom. It’s comfortable, sophisticated, and appeals to both masculine and feminine tastes.
We chatted with Kathleen about her strategy for furnishing the master bedroom and put together some tips on how to achieve stunning transitional style of your own.
Choose a Strong Starting Point
Building your bedroom around a single piece of furniture is key. Kathleen pulled her inspiration from a velvet headboard she fell in love with for its soft color, tufting, and nailhead trim. From there, it was easier to decide on smaller pieces like a dresser, chair, and decorative accents.
Have Fun with Modern Accents
With transitional style, you can experiment in the gray area between traditional and contemporary décor. For Kathleen, this meant unusual pairings – a stately white leather chair with a vintage-inspired side table and handsome floor mirror with sheepskin bench.
Ground the Look
Because transitional style sits on the fine line between two very different looks, it’s important to find an area rug that is large enough to fill the space. This will pull furniture together for a look that’s cozy and cohesive.
If you love Kathleen’s style, read more about her Charleston home makeover or explore our transitional style idea boards.