Achieving a Transitional Interior Design Theme, Part 2

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In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic tenets of what’s known as a transitional interior design theme. Marked by features that combine classic and modern design elements, the transitional theme is one that’s grown in popularity in recent years among those who want to draw from both these areas.

At Guild Hall Home Furnishings, we’re proud to offer a huge variety of home furnishing options, plus quality interior designers who will assist you with any major interior theme you’re considering. If you’ve landed on a transitional theme and are moving forward with it, what are some of the specific pieces you should be looking at in given rooms? Today’s part two will go over these variables plus some basics on planning your transitional theme ahead of time.

Furniture Choices

We’ve gone over basic color themes and materials already during part one – now it’s time to get to the real meat of this design theme. Your primary goal when selecting furniture for a transitional theme, beyond matching your determined aesthetic of course: Emphasizing lines and curves of the furniture while keeping the space open and comfortable.

Many use contrasts from their furniture here, such as a round pedestal table complete with mid-century modern stools that bring both classic and modern themes to the space. Another major theme is scale – similar pieces or areas should have the same proportions if possible, and should be “balanced” so the room does not feel lopsided.

Room-by-Room Themes

Let’s go through a few of the most important rooms in the home and discuss some common transitional design elements found in them:

  • Living room: As we noted above, this is all about complementary design. If you have a traditional sofa, for instance, you should look for modern chairs to place as additional seating items around it. You can further complement this pairing with a variety of rugs and pillow choices.
  • Dining room: One great way to achieve a transitional design in the dining room is through the dining set itself. If you use a minimalist table without much design, for example, use classic splat-back chairs to introduce a little more flair. You can also use mirrors, rugs and credenzas to highlight angles, as we discussed above.
  • Bedroom: The bed frame is a great place to start when designing a transitional bedroom theme. A traditional finish works ideally for many bed types, but you can complement this with more modern items like nightstands, dressers and others.

Broad Design Planning

One note here: If you’re thinking of a transitional theme, it’s important to plan ahead. Because you’re combining multiple styles here, flying by the seat of your pants and trying to design things as you go could lead to several pitfalls, including the purchase of items that become useless almost immediately because they don’t fit the design or dimensions required.

For more on a transitional interior design theme, or to learn about any of our home furniture options or interior designers, speak to the staff at Guild Hall Home Furnishings today.