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How to Incorporate Transitional Design into Your Home in 2020

January 31, 2020
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While the idea of transition may be clear, the idea of transitional design may leave you scratching your head, feeling slightly confused. Fortunately, it’s a fairly easy and fun concept to understand and incorporate into homes in Ridgefield WA, especially the beautiful new homes built by Pacific Lifestyle Homes. Their design studio is well-suited to helping you bring your ideas to life.

So, at its most basic, transitional design is the concept of incorporating both modern and traditional design elements into one room or space. Basically, you’re looking at ways to mix sleek and shiny with warm and rounded. The result is ultimately a blend of masculine and feminine design, creating a more balanced atmosphere and welcoming environment. People tend to like a mix of styles, anyway, so this allows you to play with different styles and time periods to create something unique, yet still comfortable.

The key is to keep things balanced and complementary. The easiest way to do this, while still giving you easier updates in the future, is to keep your basic palette color fairly neutral, letting some of the furnishings or artwork add color. Along with a more overall neutral color palette, also turn to natural fibers and materials that add varying textures. Glass, wood, fabric, lacquer, rattan, and metal can all be used together when thoughtfully arranged. Glass-doors on wooden kitchen cabinets with steel handles and drawer pulls combine warmth and sleekness.

Because of the mixture of vintage and new, you can create rooms and spaces that truly represent you and your personal style. The key is to keep the accessories minimal and let just a few pieces be the stand-out items. If you’re choosing bolder colors for furnishings or artwork, you don’t want the room to become too busy with a variety of objects and time periods. In a living room, add in a vintage light — whether traditional or modern retro — and perhaps a vase or bowl that complements it. Then let the fabrics, and the lines of the furnishings be the rest of the room’s focus.

For example, in your bedroom, a traditional headboard could be paired with more modern side tables, such as cubes, mirrored tables, or metal-frame tables with simple, sleek lights, perhaps with traditional patterned rugs on wood floors or neutral carpet.

Stand-alone or claw-foot bathtubs are gaining in popularity right now, so you could choose this more traditional feature and pair it with all-glass shower framing, and more modern tile choices.

In the dining room, if you have traditional chairs, upholster them in more modern fabrics. If you have a modern table set, perhaps choose a more ornate light fixture or add in classic wood wainscotting.

The choices when it comes to transitional design are seemingly endless. The key is to try to keep a more restrained approach and not go overboard. Perhaps choose a color palette for a room and then decide whether you want the walls to be bold and the furnishings traditional or vice versa, or pick two style periods that you really like and see how you can incorporate elements of each. With transitional design, there are fewer rules, so you can have fun decorating the homes in Ridgefield WA to create a space that is truly you.


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