Transitional is perhaps one of the most popular and coveted interior design styles right now, and that’s for good reason. Transitional style represents that ideal integration of modern and traditional and the result is a home that feels timelessly beautiful, and like it will never go out of style. If you walk into a space that’s too modern, it can feel cold or like it lacks personality. On the other hand, if a house is too traditional it can feel cumbersome and outdated.
That’s why transitional is such a desirable style. It encompasses the best elements of both ends of the style spectrum, and the result is often one that’s as livable as it is beautiful.
If you want a truly transitional home, below are some interior design tips that can help you achieve your goals.
Keep It Neutral
Something you’ll notice with some of the best and most cohesive transitional designs is a relatively neutral color palette. You’re not likely to see too many bold or distinctive colors unless it’s a pop of color added through accessories. The reason is that neutral color palettes tend to be the most versatile and they allow the furniture to take center stage in the design of a room, which are both essential elements of a truly transitional home. A neutral color palette also gives you more overall versatility when you’re creating a space, and it’s going to feel more timeless than going with the hot color of the moment.
Choose High-Quality Furniture and Materials
The aim of good transitional design is ultimately to evoke a timeless feeling. This means that you don’t want someone to walk into your home and notice your furniture is trendy, and the same goes for the materials you use. Try to choose high-quality furniture that will last a lifetime and isn’t overly trendy. When choosing finishes and materials look for natural options such as wood, or things like subway tile, which are simplistic enough to always stay in style without feeling traditional.
Clean and Clutter-Free
A feature that tends to identify a more traditional home immediately is the use of a lot of accessories. On the other hand, a modern home may be completely minimalist. You want to come together somewhere in the middle for transitional style. Choose accessories very carefully and keep them limited. Also, oversized, impactful pieces tend to work best in transitional design. For example, rather than having a collection of a lot of smaller pieces of art, try to choose one oversized piece that can make a statement on its own.
Since so much of transitional style is about a neutral color palette, infuse visual interest into spaces with the use of texture. From wood and steel to faux fur and natural fibers like jute, you can play around with mixing and matching textures without sacrificing the transitional aesthetic. This will also keep a room from feeling dull, even with a neutral, simple color palette.
This article was written by Susan Meloney.