Transitional Design is the blend between to common design themes: Classic and Contemporary. Classic Design is a timeless look that accentuates the sophistication of art, antiques, literature, and music through architecture and traditional décor. Contemporary Design is an ever-changing, trendy look that is always staying one step ahead of modern appeal and fashion. When you merge this old classic with a trendy, more modern approach, you get a Transitional style. This style tends to break the rules, but in the end, it can make a very coherent and well-balanced designed room. To apply this transitional style to your home, here are three guidelines to help encapsulate the strengths of both Contemporary and Classic Design:
When combining any two design styles, you should strive for balance. Neutral tones will allow you to find harmony in both designs without going overboard with one style over the other. A neutral color palette works well because old-style furniture can still compliment sleeker-styled modern pieces as well. Keep the room feeling warm with natural elements like woods, ceramics, glasses, and metals while not leaning into warm tones too aggressively.
Décor and accessories are nice, but in this style a minimalist approach is ideal. It will help keep correspondence between the two different designs. A cohesively mixed room should have elements of the “past” and the “present” but should feel clean and not eclectic. While this may seem tricky to achieve after first, a well-blended transitional styled room can be very impactful and feel very planned out in the overall aesthetic design.
Balance & Harmony
With your palette being neutral, it should be easier for you to find classical and contemporary furniture. If you still feel like you are struggling, do not just add more décor, but instead, use a large, impactful focal piece for the room like a painting which will allow you to reference for all your design choices. It can help keep your mind on task when finding balance and harmony in your room’s design without making it feel chaotic and cluttered.
Adding the right amount of each is ideal. Try to let both styles be seen and help work with one another to create balance. By staying neutral, you will allow your furniture and the room’s functionality to be more appreciated in the design.