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How To Create That Perfect Transitional Room

Aug 17, 2007
Transitional design is a brilliant new take on an old thought. The combination of contemporary and traditional is fast becoming the decorating style of choice for many who are ready for a change. Embracing the comfort of traditional design with the stylish looks of contemporary design, consider pairing traditional-looking furnishing with contemporary fabrics like ultrasuede or chenille.

Since the 1950s, the influence of cutting-edge interior design has been so far-reaching that it has impacted the evolution of virtually every decor style. The emerging popularity of transitional decor over the course of the last several decades is a testament to the strong influence of contemporary interiors.

Transitional decorating represents a kind of compromise between contemporary and traditional decor, a halfway point in which the subtle elegance of contemporary styles meets the comfort and familiarity of traditional styles.

There are many different interpretations of transitional decorating, but all of them share in common the aesthetic compromise that draws on both contemporary and traditional inspirations. Typically, transitional interiors boast the neutral palettes and understated elegance of contemporary decor, while eschewing the bolder, more avant-garde elements of contemporary style.

Similarly, some of the sleek lines and stark minimalism that define contemporary decor are replaced by the gentle curves, coziness, comfort, and lived in appeal of traditional decor in the transitional interior.

The styling, accessories, and window treatments of transitional interiors reflect a similar marriage of the contemporary and traditional aesthetic sensibilities. Window treatments are straightforward, but may incorporate blinds and a lightweight curtain.

However, the heavy drapes that are common in traditional interiors are usually avoided. The more unusual, eccentric art and accent pieces that define contemporary style are likely to be passed over in favor of accessible but up-to-date pieces, although the ornate styles of traditional interiors are not often found in transitional decor.

Against backdrop of the largely neutral palette that is typical of a transitional room, natural fibers and textured fabrics lend interest and depth. However, the bold contrasts and monochromatic color schemes of contemporary decor are not typical in transitional rooms.

Instead, a toned down version of the rich jewel tones seen in traditional rooms is more readily adaptable to the transitional interior. If you are drawn to elements of contemporary and traditional decor, the hybrid approach to interior design offered by transitional decorating may represent a happy medium that works well for you and your home.
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