In this article:• What is transitional style?
• How to identify transitional furniture
• Decorating tips
With a mix of classic and contemporary styles, transitional decor is versatile enough to work in almost any setting.
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Mixing modern and classic looks
What is transitional style? Think old world meets new. Think a bit of ornamentation here, a clean line there. With traditional and contemporary styles standing in stark contrast to each other, transitional design is the middle ground, blending elements of each. This also makes it one of the most popular decorating styles around.
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Transitional furniture designs
To put a modern twist on traditional style, furniture designers often take a classic look and freshen it up. In these spaces, tapered legs can live side by side with button tufting
. Imagine a scroll back chair with a geometric print. Unexpected, right?
Other times, it can be as simple as softening the ornate details of traditional style. A transitional designer might ease the curve of a rolled arm into a more modern frame. With these fresh takes, transitional style breathes new life into old-world designs.
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What to look for in transitional furniture:
• Modern and traditional elements
• Classics with a twist
• Clean lines with subtle ornamentation
• Repeating patterns
Transitional decorating ideas
You have plenty of decorative freedom with this style. A contemporary rug
or a traditional painting
will work, but the most successful pieces share elements of both styles. A traditional paisley-print pillow, for instance, feels more modern in an oversized scale and trendy colors like blue and brown. Because this design touches on so many tastes, transitional spaces offer endless decor options.