What Style Are You?

19 Aug

Finding Your Fit

Last week, we discussed the different aspects of modern and contemporary design. And maybe neither of those styles feel quite right to you. Here are two more options in the list of design styles. A big crossover in design is the line between traditional and transitional design. There are features that are found in both but, like modern and contemporary, it is a lot about the lines.

Traditional interior design is typically of classic European decor. Staples of this style include deep wood tones,


architectural details, and elegant furnishings. Antiques are often integrated into this design, but many companies sell new pieces that mimic the lines of the old. Architectural embellishments are widely used in and can include elaborate

moldings, beveled wood paneling, and intricate tile and wood floor patterns. Arches, columns, and built-in cabinetry
are also frequent features of this type of design. One of the most important facets of traditional interior design is the lines of the furnishings. Wing-backed chairs, claw footed tables, and curved furniture pieces are examples of this.

Common representations are the Queen Anne or Chippendale styles. These furniture pieces will be adorned with lush fabrics of silk and velvet with prints of damask, paisley, stripes or floral. The color palette may be neutral in the walls and flooring but you will see that deep burgundy, navy and brown will be used in the upholstery and accessories.

Transitional style in interior design has many catchphrases that describe it. “Updated classic”, “classic with a contemporary twist”, “new takes on old classics” are just a few ways to look at this style. Ultimately it is a blend of transitional1traditional and contemporary styles; incorporating lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. This is noticeable with the use of curves that combine with straight lines to deliver a look that balances for a comfortable and uncomplicated design. Color palettes are typically neutral and subtle but do lend a pop of color to accessories. Unlike contemporary furniture, transitional style focuses on comfort and practicality to meet the lifestyle of an active household. The scales of furniture pieces are ample but not overwhelming. Goose feather and down fill is typically used for upholstered furniture and wood finishing is typically warm tones but can range from a natural finish to a high-gloss lacquer. Texture is important, and a multitude of fabric selections can vary from durable materials to sophisticated, plush fabrics, with tone-on-tone or small scale graphics. A balanced mix of several textures is often used.

Still not finding your style? Keep looking. The best thing you can do is search keywords and look at pictures. Traditional and transitional are just two out many ways to decorate. If you haven’t already, check out the modern vs.
contemporary discussion. You may find some ideas that are more your fit.
Happy decorating!

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