Design Style Feature IV: Transitional

This sitting area, design by Sherri DuPont, blends traditional and modern elements

This sitting area, design by Sherri DuPont, blends traditional and modern elements

 

Design Style Feature IV: Transitional

By Emily Roberson

 

 

Wanting a fresh look in 2014, many of our clients are asking for a more simplified approach to design: classic, practical, easy to live in and comfortable. They are looking for something that tones down the traditional details of heavy ornamentation and blends the linear and simplistic aspect of a contemporary aesthetic. The merging of these two is what is known as “transitional” design.

 

 

The high contrast in this design create drama and modernizes an otherwise traditional setting

The high contrast in this design create drama and modernizes an otherwise traditional setting

Transitional design is recognized by more of a cool-tone color palette of greys and blues. Shying away from the beige, on beige, on beige that we have all become accustom to in the last decade. Not to say that yellow toned tans are a bad color choice, we combine these with the cooler colors to add drama and interest by changing the hue or intensity. Contrasting elements can be your best friend.

 

This wallcovering from the Romo Black Edition is described as a "classic damask motif accentuated by a bold outline"

This wallcovering from the Romo Black Edition is described as a “classic damask motif accentuated by a bold outline”

 

 

 

 

Another staple in traditional design is to use traditional elements in a new way. We see this done in fabrics, wall covering, light fixtures and architectural details. A traditional pattern done in a more modern scale and color way helps to merge the two design styles and can be the starting point for a new design or the bridge between the traditional and modern.

 

Transitional design is an excellent design style for remodels, or when a client wants to “freshen things up” in their traditional home without replacing every piece in the home. We can blend the new with the old and create a new space full of life and vibrancy through the use of new colors and patterns.

 

AFTER: A fresh color palette, transitional light fixtures and soft finishes bring this space to life

AFTER: A fresh color palette, new light fixtures and soft finishes bring the space to life

BEFORE: An all white background and dated fixtures do nothing for this home

BEFORE: An all white background and dated fixtures do nothing for this home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The use of more current colors and transitional touches, in the form of fabric, lighting, and accessories, create an inviting and fresh aesthetic to bring your home into the 21st century.