As a designer I often hear my clients say they want a style for their home that’s not “too” anything—not too traditional, not too modern, not too cold, not too cluttered.
What they don’t always realize is that there’s a term for a design style that’s not “too” and is instead all about balance—it’s called transitional.
For a lot of people going the transitional route is not only the best way to maintain a sense of balance, but it also helps a room or an entire home feel more timeless. Transitional style is really all about uniting both modern and traditional elements for a look that feels classic but still up-to-date. I find that transitional style can also be a good way to balance the feminine and masculine energy in a space and make everyone who lives there feel like they’re incorporated into the design.
When looking at transitional furniture you’re likely to see clean, contemporary lines paired with more ornate and traditional-feeling curves.
Keeping color palettes neutral and simple can create the feeling of a room that’s fresh, soothing and versatile.
Infusing texture is a great way to keep a transitional space visually exciting, even when you’re going with a relatively neutral overall color scheme
If you want a look that primarily feels traditional but you also like to experiment a bit, do so in places where you can easily make changes so you’re not locked into a feature that’s overly trendy. Light fixtures and small accessories are good places to add a pop of trendiness in a transitional room.
In kitchens transitional style can best be accomplished by sticking to the use of high-quality natural materials and simple color palettes. Materials like rich woods and natural stone are never going to go out of style, which is why they’re often the preferred materials of choice in truly transitional kitchen designs.
Transitional style doesn’t have to just apply to the furnishings and décor—it can also be about how you work within an already existing space to blend styles. For example, in the room below there’s a deeply traditional architectural style which is then balanced with the presence of more streamlined, modern furniture.
I love this look for own home as, I live in a traditional Tuscan style home accented with black and modern elements throughout. No sneak peaks, I will be featured in a new design book and using some of my own home in the book – details to follow 🙂