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What is Transitional Style?


With the last installment of 2020 interior design trends we take a look at transitional design. Transition design is named because it's a mixture of modern and traditional elements. Basically taking two styles and putting them in one place in a way they work together. In 2020, interior designers are finding a lot of clients don’t want to be restricted by one style and want to forget the rules and create their own space. Transitional is set apart by mixing and matching things you wouldn’t necessarily expect to see together. It takes curved furnishings and straight lined finishes and balances a both masculine and feminine look. It is not scattered or cluttered, the room should have few accessories and present a more clean open look with a neutral color as the base.

You want to keep your main colors neutral so the lines and the furniture can make the biggest statements. Your furnishings and fabrics are adding the artful details to the room and sometimes more accents and accessories can overwhelm the eye. The art you do use should be sparingly but large and impactful. One large piece looks much more cohesive than numerous small pieces.. Texture is another mainstay of this style. Textural elements such as glass, wood and metal will give you exactly what you’re looking for. Scale is important as you want to keep most of your furnishings and accessories relatively close in size, apart from a few focal pieces such as coffee tables, dining room tables or sofas.

Dining rooms mainly consist of a modern dining room table and chairs. However the cushions can be upholstered with a traditional style fabric. The furnishings should be traditional with modern lighting fixtures to offset them. Steel lighting fixtures with exposed bulbs are a great touch. In the bedroom many chose to go with a traditional headboard like a curved one and pair it with more modern bedding, side tables and lighting. Most kitchens will already have traditional style cabinets so this lets you get creative with modern accessories and lighting in the kitchen. Steel countertops are a great way to achieve this. The bathroom will most likely have a traditional shower/tub so you can use metal, glass and wood to accent the bathroom and get that perfect match of old and new.

Transitional style interior design is all about balance. You’re mixing to different styles so your decisions have to be careful to make sure they can appropriately mesh together. With the different styles, things like color, shape and size should be more cohesive. Color is a great way to make two different things blend together smoothly. This style is great because you have more freedom to be you and ignore the rules of a single style. This also opens it up to be more affordable as you have a larger array of options to choose from.


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