Mindi Dejonge, January 28th , 2018.
Why a Transitional Style Might be Perfect for Your Home. Furniture in a transitional style combines qualities from both traditional and contemporary styles. This is a style ideal for those who find traditional furnishing styles too old fashioned and stuffy, and modern styles too cold and lacking in warmth. The transitional style is not restricted to just the furniture profiles, shapes, and sizes, but carries through to finishes and materials including fabrics. As the word "transition" implies, this is the style that transitions or falls between a very traditional style and an ultra-sleek modern style. Individual furniture pieces in a transitional style may lean toward being either more traditional or more modern, but they stay away from both extremes. This neutral safety zone between the two styles helps create an in-between yet pleasing furnishing style that draws upon elements from both. A transitional style does not imply that the furniture is lacking in style, only that it is more subtle. In essence, this is what professionals in the furniture and home furnishings industry are talking about when they talk about an "updated classic" or "timeless design".
A Style All Its Own. The transitional decor is often confused with the eclectic style, but the styles are very different. Transitional will often use contemporary furnishings mixed with antiques, but even these old-world pieces will be sophisticated and have simple, classic lines. Eclectic styling is far less refined and consistent and often incorporates one type of item either as a stand alone or in a group. For instance, a living room eclectically styled would have two different end tables anchoring the sofa with two different lamps. A transitional decor room would probably have matching accessories. In a kitchen, the eclectic style would mean hand-painted cabinets and a retrofit island with different colored appliances; in a transitional style kitchen, it may include a reclaimed wood island with all matching stainless steel appliances. Window treatments would be simpler and more crisp in a transitionally styled room, while an eclectic room could have more ornate window coverings.
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