What is Transitional Interior Design & How To Do It

Heard of Transitional interior design, but not sure what it is? We’re here to give you the 411 on this up and coming interior design trend. Transitional interior design is the mixture of traditional and modern styles and gives vintage or antique pieces a more updated feel to them. People are drawn to this style because it allows for more experimentation. The balancing act of combining the old and new, comfort and luxury, can feel intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Keep reading to learn how to incorporate this style into your own home.

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Color & Texture

Unlike minimalistic modern design, Transitional design embraces color as well as texture. Color and texture are seen throughout both modern and more traditional interior design styles. Using more traditional style art and arranging it in a gallery style will give it a more contemporary, modern feel, while also adding color to your space. Add texture and a bit of juxtaposition to the space by adding a sisal rug. This will help bring everything together while adding warmth. Another way to play with color is by buying furniture that has a more modern style, but a traditional color, like this soft blue loveseat from All Modern.

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Opposite Architecture

You’re probably wondering what we mean by “opposite architecture.” Let us explain. Look at the architecture of your home and then intentionally have furniture that is the opposite of what you would expect. Examples of this is having modern furniture in a Parisian style home. The beautiful detailed moulding you see within Parisian style homes combined with ultra-sleek, modern furniture will effortlessly give your home a Transitional look and feel. If you’re not starting out with Parisian style architecture, give your home that look by adding crown moulding, chair rail, and paneling that is inspired by French design.

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Comfort & Personality

One of the best things about Transitional interior design is that it’s all about bringing your own personality into the home. This is partially why it has become such a popular interior design style recently. With people spending more time in the home, they want to feel like it really reflects their own individual style, while also being a place to relax and unwind. Feeling inspired? Create your own art to hang up or buy that piece of art you’ve been eying for years. Turn your home into a place you want to spend time in.

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