Transitional Style uses a careful balance of Modern and Traditional design elements (I discuss what Modern Design is here...FYI it's different from Contemporary). The result is a timeless, classic interior that feels polished but comfortable. Transitional interiors should never feel too precious or overdone. They should be as comfortable for lounging on a Saturday morning as they are for entertaining on a Saturday night. Transitional interiors are, above all, livable.
I like to divide Transitional Style into two categories. I do this because when someone tells me their style is Transitional it still doesn't give me the whole picture. Breaking it down a little more helps me better understand their preferences. This week...Chic Transitional! If you missed my post on Cozy Transitional you can read that here.
Chic Transitional Style
Chic Transitional is a little more polished than Cozy Transitional and leans toward the more "feminine" end of the spectrum. Symmetry lends a calming, more structured feel to these spaces and negative space is essential to creating a calm, uncluttered feel. Colors are light neutrals or soft shades. Bright colors can be used for impact as well. Everything feels light and airy, never dark and heavy.
How to Get the Look - Key Elements
MATERIALS - The idea here is more refined finishes. Polished or brushed metals, acrylic and glass add some reflectivity. Marble or natural stone is a popular surface. Cotton sateen, silk, luster velvet...a slight sheen elevates the look but should never be too gaudy.
FURNISHINGS - Simple straight lines or gentle curves...the "feminine" and "masculine" are mixed in one space. But Chic Transitional leans a little more "feminine". Main furniture pieces should be comfortable enough for lounging but not overwhelm the room. Occasional furniture should be smaller scale with delicate lines. Finer details like a contrast welt, fabric trim or turned leg add gravitas and a sense of history that is essential for a timeless look.
COLORS & PRINTS - Neutrals should be your base in greys, tans or warm whites. Soft colors are most common and are sometimes used in big ways like wallpapering a room. Bright colors, if used, are smaller doses in accessories such as drapery, throw pillows, art or accent chair upholstery. Prints are smaller and more delicate or have a historical context like chinoiserie prints, jacobean florals, pinstripes, small scale geometrics, and paisleys, but are often mixed with ethnic prints, animal prints and contemporary prints for a little fun and sense of surprise.
LIGHTING - Lighting is often inspired by the shapes of traditional fixtures that have been simplified and modernized a bit. Any complicated embellishments have been removed and lines are smoothed to make them seem less fussy. Lighting is used to pull a little shine and glamour into a space and should be the "jewelry" of the room.
ACCESSORIES - Accessories should be minimal but add a sense of depth and layering. Think thinner lines and more delicate details or materials with some luster, and group items together to add more visual weight. Symmetrical vignettes are more common so buy things in twos for balance.
Now that you have the tools, start creating your own Chic Transitional sanctuary! Click on any of the products below to Shop the Look.
Chic Transitional Style
Not a fan of the options above? Here are some alternatives so you can make it your own! Click on any of the items to get a closer look.
Chic Transitional Sofas & Chairs
Chic Transitional Coffee & Side Tables
Chic Transitional Lighting
Chic Transitional Decor
Chic Transitional Rugs
Chic Transitional Flooring
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