There are many design styles. Contemporary, traditional, Farmhouse or French Country just to name a few. But I would say that my home is decorated with transitional style decor. 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. It is a little contemporary and a little traditional. 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 classic with a contemporary twist plus another decor style or two thrown in. And I bet this style defines many of you!
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 living room is transitional style all the way! Classic foundational furnishings… sofa, spindle chairs, coffee table, and end tables. The lamps and the curtains are classically designed too. But I added just a touch of whimsy in the Curlacue chest and the funky flower chair. And with a big trendy clock, fiddleleaf fig plant, and sisal rug.
But the big surprise in this room is how I used a classic hide rug to add a big punch of style! Layering rugs is a great way to add transitional styling to a home!
Most of the time I keep my pillows pretty classic too because I like to pile them on my sofa! For the summer I added a pop of trendy yellow but in a very classic motif! This is a great design secret! Use trendy color as an accent but keep it from looking too out of place by incorporating it into a classic style!
My dining room is the most mix and match room in our home. Lot’s of classic styling with a little unexpected twist!
Classic chandy, mirror, art on the left wall, wing chairs, table (albeit, concrete), curtains, and buffet. Even the rug is an updated classic. Did you notice the wainscoting on the walls? Oh, so classic! Even the arched windows are classic.
So this roo does not look too stuffy I added a burlap lampshade to a mercury glass lamp, put a bench covered with a dropcloth in front of the table, leaned subway art on the wainscoting, put an oversized clock on the wall between the windows, used chippy shutters and chamber pot lids flanking the gilded mirror to make it look less formal .
Not seen in this image is a sleek black bar cart with a mirrored top. It’s decorated with fun bar-type elements.
Note to self…I really need to paint the tray ceiling a soft neutral!
Now raise your hand if you think your home is TRANSITIONAL? I bet lots of hands just went up!!!!