We all know that transition means moving from one place or one thing to another. But what does it mean in reference to interior design? The term “transitional design” is often used by interior designers to reflect a room’s meshing of modern and traditional elements — essentially, combining two styles in one space, resulting in a cohesive design. It’s a common design conundrum: for some of us, ultra-modern looks feel uncomfortable. They’re too stark and sleek to feel homey. Yet, if we focus solely on livability over style, we can end up with a room that feels like it belongs in grandma’s house. Transitional design can be that viable middle ground — the place where style embraces comfort with a modern twist. Here are a few tips to help you solve the comfort vs. style debate, once and for all.
Choose the Correct Color Palette
Use soothing colors. Your goal should be to create a room that feels like a respite from your hectic, everyday life. The key words in a transitional style are clean and serene. As usual, you want to start with a neutral base. Choose soft grays over harsh blacks and warm tans rather than harsher, deep browns. If neutral shades are your favorite, go ahead and use them for both dominant and secondary colors. You should have some pop colors, too. Blues, in particular, are a great option because color psychology has shown all tones of blue have calming connotations. Soft shades of green and purple also work nicely.
Choose Comfortable Furniture
Furniture plays a central role in your design, the pieces are larger and take up a commanding presence. You will build your room around those large pieces. Choose pieces that exemplify the clean lines in contemporary design. The furniture should be plush enough to make the room feel cozy and welcoming. Create groupings to facilitate conversation. Leave space so your pieces become the room’s focal point.
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