Is Your Style Traditional Or Transitional?
Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple and sophisticated, featuring straight lines or soft rounded profiles. Fabric is as diverse as graphic patterns on chairs. Sofas are usually kept a solid color and adding pillows with graphic design. Wall art a good part of the decor and abstracts paintings mix well with the Transitional style.
Colors: The transitional palette relies on a lack of color to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere. Grey with a blue undertone is elegant and give a sense of relaxation. One of my favorite colors is Revere Pewter by Benjamin Moore, it blends well with all colors, a true neutral.
Accessories: A minimalist approach is taken, — a potted orchid, large fiddle fig tree are some of the nature we bring in the decor, white mats or natural that set off photographs in simple black, grey and silver frames, an oval tray can provides a resting spot silver candleholders. This kind of grouping provides a counterpoint to the furniture.
Fabrics: The lack of color makes room for interesting textures, creamy white cotton, linen or leather used on two of the side chairs. Other good choices for a transitional space are soft ultrasuedes, pliable leathers, nubby chenilles, and textured linens.
Furniture: Curves combine with straight lines in a transitional style interior. The look balances both masculine and feminine attributes for a comfortably contemporary design. The scale of the pieces is ample but not intimidating. A lack of ornamentation and decoration keeps the focus on the simplicity and sophistication of the design.
Traditional Style furnishings can hail from 18th century England, the French countryside or even the exotic lands of the East. Among the most popular traditional styles are British Colonial revival, 18th century English, 19th century neoclassical and French country. Here’s how the traditional style breaks down:
Colors: A slightly floral but unfussy palette. Beige tones with bronze accents and warm wood tones for an inviting, comforting interior. Wood work is Alabaster color. Medium to Dark wood floors.
Windows: A tailored look takes over windows with a formal swag-and-panel combination. Panels are gathered loosely with tasseled cords oe fringe. Drapes are in patterns that blend with sofas and chairs. Plantation shutters are the winners.
Fabrics: A small print on a pillow pairs nicely with a sofa with an all-over floral pattern. Damask is a good choice for a traditional interior because the weave creates both a dull and a shiny texture that works well with a variety of trim, tassels and fringe.
Accessories: Still-life oil painting in gilt frames and an emphasis on pairs lend a room a proper traditional feeling. To further the look, bring in a crystal chandelier, some silver candlesticks, and fresh or silk flowers in a grand vase. Rooms are filled in, area rugs are added in most rooms.