Transitional Design – for the modern traditionalist

If you’re drawn to the overall shape and style of traditional designs such as farmhouse, Craftsman, Prairie, or even Gothic, but you’d like a little more pizazz, then Transitional Design might be just your style.

Transitional takes traditional design, then introduces elements such as steel I-beam columns, metal grid railings, corrugated metal siding, oversized windows, and blocks or bands of contrasting color and texture.

Think of a farmhouse with floor to ceiling windows in the living room and oversized corner windows in the upstairs bedrooms. Think of a barn-style design, but with a recessed porch and geometric windows.

What Transitional doesn’t alter is the proportion, massing, scale, and roof slopes of the traditional designs.
Indoors, Transitional is clean and uncluttered – it’s definitely not for the homeowner who loves fussy floral prints, gallery walls filled with photos, and shelves filled with knick-knacks.

Color schemes revolve around the neutrals, such as beiges, creams, greys, and taupes, with an occasional touch of chocolate or espresso for punch. Those who need bright colors accomplish it with a few well-placed accents, such as bold color in a painting, paired with the same color in oversized lamps or throw pillows.

While the colors are monochromatic, the textures are not. Subtle patterns in draperies, wall coverings, and flooring, paired with a variety of shades and textures in everything from furniture to flooring and wall coverings add interest and energy.

Transitional interiors feature good sized rooms that flow naturally to outdoor spaces and are furnished with large-scale pieces that invite visitors to settle in and relax. Gentle curves pair with rigid lines. Art work is generally bold and uncluttered.

In a Transitional kitchen, you won’t find ornate millwork, painted tiles, or fussy chandeliers. You might find stainless steel appliances paired with wood or stone surfaces and paneled cabinetry. In living areas, you’ll find that billowing draperies and balloon valances have been replaced by basic panels, bamboo blinds, or neutral Roman shades.

When done with care, your Transitional interior will provide a restful environment, with an air of peace and tranquility.