Well Blended: Transitional Interior Design

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A beautiful transitional space

Transitional is a blend of traditional and contemporary design style that results in interiors that are classic and timeless.  Transitional interior design presents a very clean and sophisticated room that complements a wide range of architectural styles.

Room Design, Candice Olson
Room Design, Candice Olson
Photo, Boutique Laboheme
Photo, Boutique Laboheme
Photo, thelovelylifestyle.com
Photo, thelovelylifestyle.com

Upholstering traditional shapes and styles of furniture in contemporary fabrics is one way to make the transition.  Mixing contemporary furniture with traditional is another way to achieve the transitional design style.  A contemporary sofa combined with Louis IX chairs upholstered in a modern geometric print is a perfect twist on a classic.

An airy transitional living room
An airy transitional living room
Photo, Roomzaar
Photo, Roomzaar
Photo, Decorating Den
Photo, Decorating Den

Furnishing a traditional space, complete with decorative crown molding, wainscoting and fluted columns, in contemporary furniture makes a wonderful mix of styles and showcases the transitional style.  Add to this scheme a few select pieces of traditional artwork and accessories to carry the theme of the more classic architectural elements into the room.

Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Room Design, Candice Olson
Room Design, Candice Olson

The transitional style is overall very classic and therefore spaces decorated in this style should be well edited.  Accessorize at a minimum, keeping the tone simple yet elegant.  Larger, bolder accent pieces work well in transitional interiors.

Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz

Rooms that adhere to the transitional interior design style translate well when they are neutral, with a few colorful accents.  Keeping walls and larger pieces in the neutral color family, while sprinkling colorful artwork, pillows or throws around the room is a way to achieve transitional success.

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Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Photo, Houzz
Room Designer, Deborah Wecselman
Room Designer, Deborah Wecselman

Blending sleek and sophisticated contemporary style with classic traditional design brings together the best of both design worlds.  Transitional interior design melds together two great styles, creating spaces that are timeless and elegant.

 

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