There are many design styles. Contemporary, traditional, Farmhouse or French Country or Grand Millennial just to name a few. My style is Transitional and maybe yours is too. I thought I’d talk a bit about what transitional decor is and what it means to have a transitional home style.
WHAT DOES “TRANSITIONAL STYLE” MEAN?
Transitional style combines so many types of designs all at the same time! It’s eclectic, to say the least, but there are some design styles that shine through. Transitional decor is a balance of classic decor with a fresh bit of style and function. It is the perfect marriage of home decor styles that are tried and true.
The beauty of transition style is its foundation is rooted in classic decor. Things that are timeless and do not easily go out of style. And this is what makes transitional decor so so appealing to me. I love the longevity of this style. So I don’t mind investing in classic pieces of furniture.
And the other wonderful thing about transitional style is it can always be kept fresh with more trendy items.
A great way to think of transitional style is to think Traditional style with a contemporary twist. Updated colors, slimmer furniture profiles with an emphasis on great bones!
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF TRANSITIONAL STYLE
- A neutral and tone on tone color palette (creams, taupe, grays and a splash of black)
- Different textures and fabrics
- Simple decor with minimal accessories
- Using items that may have been used for another function in the past (like galvanized trays)
- Classic furnishings with simple lines and not too many curves
- Mirrored, glass and metallic furnishings and decor
- Use art sparingly
EXAMPLES OF TRANSITIONAL STYLE IN MY HOME
Here are a few ideas of how I use transitional style in my home. Notice the balance of classic with classic design. Clean lines and textures are plentiful, too!
My Great Room is transitional style all the way!
Classic foundational furnishings like classic sofa, spindle chairs, coffee table, and a pedestal end table. The lamps and the curtains are classically designed too.
But I added just a touch of whimsy with the Curlacue chest (although it is pretty classic too) and the funky flower chair. And with a big trendy clock, fiddleleaf fig plant, and sisal rug.
Most of the time I keep my pillows pretty classic too because I like to pile them on our sofa and chairs!
My dining area is the most mix and match room in our home. Lot’s of classic styling with a little unexpected twist!
This room is really pared down with only the essentials. The table is a more contemporary take on a farmhouse table. And the upholstered chairs an upholstered classic. The stylized leopard rug keeps this room fresh and fun.
Transitional style mixes tried and true classic furnishing with other styles for a mash-up that looks unique and personal as the decorator!
Now raise your hand if you think your home is TRANSITIONAL? I bet lots of hands just went up!!!!