Special pieces harbor an emotional significance in your life. Combining them with your own design sensibility seems impossible, but you don’t want to hide them away.
Enter transitional design. At its simplest, transitional design combines traditional and modern styles in a seamless design, with an eye to simplicity in order to create serenity. Transitional design can sometimes be confused with eclectic design. However, instead of seeking tranquility, eclectic design zings with enthusiasm, mashing all those styles together in a curated chaos of color and flair.
To achieve a peaceful feeling, transitional design eases these disparate styles together with a neutral palette, minimalist feel and timeless pieces.
Pick a Neutral Color
Using a neutral color throughout your decor promotes the restful quality of the transitional design aesthetic. The single color allows your special pieces to draw the eye, making them the centerpiece of the room. Using this single color or a tonal combination (such as cream and white) also creates a harmonious environment.
Without using color, textures provide interest in the environment. Textural change allows your eye to sink into the soft spaces and glide across the hard.
A calm serenity depends upon clarity. As you consider additional adornment, stay minimal. A single flower arrangement on the table. That large O’Keefe print you found in that cool gallery in Santa Fe as a focal point for the room. To help emphasize that one decoration, you can use smaller, coordinated pops of color throughout the room.
Mostly clear surfaces promote harmony throughout the room, helping any disparate elements to bond together and form a consistent look.
With the growing popularity of the transitional design aesthetic, furniture designers are creating transitional pieces which help connect the diverse pieces combined in your design landscape. These pieces straddle the line of modern and traditional with clean lines and an eye to history, much like our new Cio chair collection.
Transitional style allows you to celebrate your heirlooms while embracing a clean and stylish look. This timeless, classic design will also wear well and be long-lived. Our devotion to traditional crafts like woodworking combined with our embrace of contemporary art means that several of us here at Brian Boggs Chairmakers use this technique to infuse our homes with a calm serenity.