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The Great Escape – Decorating a Transitional Style Bedroom

Friday, November 12th, 2010

In terms of style, a transitional bedroom offers you the best of both worlds. With its blend of contemporary and traditional décor styles, transitional furniture has just enough decorative detail to remind you of its more formal roots, while possessing a relaxed, present-day sophistication. Transitional style bedroom furnishings merge angular and tapered lines with softly curving profiles. Transitional style is also known for its neutral palette, equally applicable to wood finishes like espresso, tan and vanilla as it is to wall color. The versatility of transitional style makes it a good choice for a great escape after a long day because it has an inherent chicness that is rejuvenating yet tranquil.

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In order for a transitional style bedroom to provide a great escape, color palettes for the walls should be light hues of neutrals like white, beige and gray or earth tones that range from light tans to deep browns. Don’t forget that yellows like sand or the gold of autumn leaves can also considered earth tones.


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Transitional style lighting blends the romantic fluidity of formal, traditional chandeliers with contemporary functionality. Transitional light fixtures contrast clean, austere lines with gentle curves and polished metal finishes. While a transitional chandelier or table lamp has the appearance and elegance of traditional style, decorative accents are not as ornate.

Transitional Style Bedroom Furniture

At first glance, transitional style is frequently mistaken for more formal styles of furniture, but the real “tell” is the use of motifs; while they abound in traditional furniture pieces, decorative motifs are used sparingly in a transitional context. Transitional bedroom furniture borrows the best of the classic elements of traditional and contemporary styles, merging them for a more formal look while keeping contemporary simplicity and comfort in mind. Profiles and lines are less curvaceous.

Transitional bedroom furniture, especially focal pieces like the bed or dresser, is scaled for contemporary living spaces like apartments and condominiums. Typical upholstered accent pieces like armchairs or bed benches are often overstuffed fro dramatic effect. Since the emphasis is on uncluttered detail and restrained decorative accents, transitional furniture is a great way to create a relaxing bedroom that will be a great escape.

Come back next Friday for the third part of the Great Escape, where we’ll explore contemporary style for a bedroom sanctuary.

Out in the Open – Transitional Style for Open Concept Living Spaces

Friday, August 27th, 2010

If you’ve just bought a condo or purchased a loft or moved into a bachelor/studio apartment for the first time, it might have never occurred to you before how are you going to decorate a space where all the “rooms” run one into another. Do you have to stick to one wall color? How do you arrange the living room furniture? Are you going to be stuck with the kitchen in your peripheral vision while you’re watching television? Even though you have considerably less space to work with when decorating a bachelor or studio apartment than you do when moving into a condo or a loft, the principles for making an open concept floor plan comfortable and inviting will be the same. Choosing an interior design style like transitional for an open concept home, will give your living space a contemporary synergy while honoring certain traditional elements that add sophistication and a chic sensibility.

 The good news is you can choose only one for the whole space or not; it’s really a personal preference. You do however, want avoid painting the same wall two different colors even if they are a part of two distinctly different areas, like the dining room and the living room, unless it makes “sense” visually. However, picking an accent wall and choosing to paint it another color, especially a bold one, will give your transitional style living space definition, while letting you introduce more color into your interior design.

It’s important to mark out individual areas of an open concept home: having clearing defined areas, each with a specific purpose, prevents the furniture from appearing “lost” or “jumbled.” Transitional style living room furniture and dining furniture include traditional decorative and architectural elements as interpreted by contemporary design principles is a great way to decorate a condo, loft or studio apartment, because you can select furniture for the different open areas, that while still transitional in style, possess a slightly different look or feel. Even though everything is out in the open, some other ways to create the sense of separate rooms are:

  • Use a different area rug for you dining area than the one chosen for the living room
  • “Divide” up the space with strategically placed open shelf bookcases or decorative folding screens
  • Hang artwork on the walls that emphasizes what the particular space is being used for (pictures of Parisian cafes or outdoor bistros in the dining area)

When choosing furniture for an open area living space, select furniture pieces like a coffee table or an entertainment center that includes hidden storage. Dual or multi-purpose furnishings such a hallway bench or an ottoman coffee table will increase your storage options in the long run, giving you more place to tidy things away – something that is ultra important in an open design condo, loft or apartment.

The Transitional Bedroom

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Transitional style combines current contemporary design with more traditional architectural or decorative principles. The result is a contemporary sub style well suited to those who like the look of more formal or classically designed furniture, but find traditional too fussy or even claustrophobic. Transitional style is ideal for a master or main bedroom because color palettes are earth-toned; furniture profiles have lines that are soothing, either slightly rounded or gently tapered; and fabrics are textured with comfort and functionality in mind. A transitional style bedroom possesses a sophisticated elegance that is difficult to ignore.

Transitional Style Bedroom Option #1

Transitional Palette 1

Colors (palettes shown here are from Sherwin-Williams) are typically earth tones, ranging from light tans to deep browns.

The beige and sand shades were specifically chosen to show-off the rich finish of the Somerton Rhythm Wood Panel Bed 4 Piece Bedroom Set in Burnished Rum to its best advantage. Transitional characteristics of this bedroom set include the breakfront dresser; the simplistic lines of the moldings on the bed and dresser mirror and the subtly rounded corners and tapered feet of the nightstand and dresser.

The Nygard Home Soho 10 Piece Bed In A Bag Set mixes quilt weave with silk-like materials. The magical combination of fabrics produces bedding that is as comfortable as it is visually interesting.

To tie the warm neutrals of the walls and fabrics with the bedroom furniture, select an area rug like the Couristan Woven Treasures Area Rug Collection – Antique Oushak/Ivory-Mocha. It also brings some more color into the bedroom’s décor, but without being overpowering.

Transitional Style Bedroom Option #2

Transitional Palette 2

Related to earth tones, shades of taupe and beige are also popular transitional interior décor colors.

While the Modus Santa Barbara Wood Sleigh Bed 5 Piece Bedroom Set in Rustic Sable has the look and feel of traditional style furniture, largely due to the sleigh bed and scalloped edges of the case pieces, ornamentation is simpler and decorative detail is not elaborate. The lines and profiles of these bedroom furniture pieces tend to be less linear, creating a sense of flow and motion in the room. This transitional style bedroom set possesses an urbane yet comfortable allure.

The Lawrence Home Fashions South Beach Bed lends the otherwise monochromatic scheme an infusion of color. Different patterns give this bedding set a textured appearance.

The area rug should be neutral yet underscore the darkly rich finish of the bedroom furniture. Because it is made of leather, the Nourison Pelle PEL1 Mist Area Rug Collection adds a “surprise element to the other fabrics in the bedroom.

Transitional style that is rooted in traditional design elements. It is a versatile interior design style that is ideally suited for any bedroom. Since it is the one room in your home you are not specifically decorating for yourself, it is an especially good choice for a guest bedroom, where modern might be too “cold” and traditional might be too “busy.” While the emphasis is often on ivory, taupe, beige, warm tans and lighter browns, you can bring color into a transitional style bedroom by the careful selection of the colors of fabrics chosen for the bedding, window treatments and area rugs. The clean, flowing lines typical of transitional bedroom furniture have a calming presence that is thoroughly contemporary.

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