Achieving a Transitional Interior Design Theme, Part 1

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Many who have participated in interior design themes in their home are familiar with both classic and contemporary design styles. These two relative poles on either end of the spectrum are not the only options for a given interior design, however, and one great example of a combining of these styles is known as transitional home design.

At Guild Hall Home Furnishings, we’re here to offer not only the finest home décor available, but also high-quality interior design expertise and assistance from our industry-leading professionals. We’ve helped numerous homeowners source ideal home furnishings and achieve their ideal interior design, including those looking to combine modern and classical elements for a transitional style. This two-part blog will go over the basics of this style and some of the key areas to keep in mind if you’re looking to achieve it.

Transitional Style Basics

As we noted above, transitional style is one that touches on elements of both modern and classical décor, but does so without hitting the extremes of either style. You won’t see many ornate traditional pieces, for instance, and certain extremely modern-only contemporary items will also be avoided.

Rather, you’ll be looking for products that ride the fence between these two and allow you to mix and match. Some of the common features of transitional styles include:

  • Tonal color palettes featuring various tints and shades of a single hue featured in various parts of the space.
  • Combined shapes that mix clean lines with soft curves, rounded edges and similar shapes.
  • Vintage materials used in unique or accenting formats.
  • Simple focal points, often with a single centerpiece or accent wall.
  • Limited clutter or excessive décor.
  • At least some shiny, smooth surfaces like metal frames, glass tops and others.

Unifying Colors

When it comes to a transitional design, color is often used as one of the primary unifying elements that ties an entire room or even an entire floor or home together. Some of the most common colors used will be neutrals like beige, black, white, taupe and similar hues, while many will also consider others like blue or green for calmness and serenity.

Generally, those looking for a transitional style should choose a handful of colors and stick to them for a given room or floor. Accents should maintain these same themes in ways that complement primary pieces.

Fabric and Textiles

Another major part of tying these two themes together is balancing various upholstery and print types. Leather and velvet are common traditional textiles, while modern options include cotton blends, vinyl and various linens.

One great theme here: Repeating material use in various areas. This makes your design seem purposeful and specific and maintains a motif in several spots throughout the room or home.

For more on how to achieve a transitional interior design style, or to learn about any of our home décor products or other services, speak to the staff at Guild Hall Home Furnishings today.