A mix of masculine and feminine, modern and traditional, and comfort and style, transitional décor is all about balance by color, texture and design.
What Is Transitional Style?
Transitional style is a combination of modern and traditional – and, with just a few tweaks – can easily go in either direction. Sleek yet soft, rough yet smooth, simple yet detailed, transitional is the perfect style for those who want a balance between comfort and sophistication.
Because it’s a combination of two distinct styles, decorating a transitional room can actually be very difficult – if you want to keep an uncluttered appearance – but when pulled off, will bring an effortlessly soothing and totally timeless ambience to any home.
Transitional Style Decorating Tips
While transitional style takes a little practice, you don’t have to be an expert to do it yourself. Whether you’re redecorating or starting from scratch, follow these tips for seamless transitional style.
- Balance, balance, balance. When it comes to texture, color and design, the golden rule of transitional style is balance. Offset dark hardwood floors with a white accent chair, a fabric sofa with a glass coffee table and a sleek metal bedframe with a plush, oversized duvet. Contrasts of silhouettes and materials, when properly balanced, define the transitional style – and can effortlessly open up any space.
- Work off a neutral palette. Before you do anything in transitional décor, pick out two or three similar shades of neutrals to serve as your primary color scheme, and use them for your main pieces, such as the walls, tables, sofas and chairs. When it comes time to decorating with a mix of traditional and modern accents, a neutral base will prevent chaos and maintain a pulled-together aesthetic.
- Pay attention to the details. Finally, in the transitional style, the details (and lack thereof) are just as important as the overall design. For example, if your coffee table is sleek and angular, pairing it with a streamlined sofa with track arms and slim legs will tip your overall design scale towards contemporary. With the same table, however, a plush sofa with half-roll arms and no legs will keep a transitional feel. To put it another way, a streamlined, tight-back chair with geometric lines and tapered legs works best with a curved pedestal accent table; conversely, with the same chair, a sleek metallic table brings a strong contemporary aesthetic that may drown out transitional décor.