Transitional Design Brings Comfort to Your Home. See How…

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.

Choose Accessories Carefully

Items that promote comfort are an obvious choice. Think about using lots of area rugs, throw pillows, and blankets that include bold patterns. Since a lot of transitional design is neutral, a key part of the look is keeping things simple. The accessories you choose will need to pack a punch. They need to be bold enough to create visual interest in the space without distracting from its overall feel. As far as decor pieces, stick to those that have clean lines from contemporary styles. Incorporate textural elements such as wood, glass, lacquer, rattan, fabric, steel, and metal.
Use transitional design to blend comfort and style. The design is an example of timeless style. It combines the comfort and lived-in feel of traditional style with a touch of modern, contemporary flair. 

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