Our tips site continues to introduce you to popular, interesting interior styles. This time let’s talk about the direction that remains very common in the United States and some other Western countries – Transitional, aka “transitional style”, aka American classics.
According to statistics conducted by American designers, about 21% of all homeowners in the United States today choose Transitional to decorate their rooms. And that makes it the most popular style in the country! “Transitional style” is a combination of classic elements with modern ones. Harmony between elegance and clean lines, subtle color palette, sleek details, mirrors and streamlined lighting.
There is no place for exuberant colors in the Transitional style. This is very often a beige interior, the pros and cons of which the portal has already written about. Other primary colors are gray, cream, brown. Blue, burgundy, light green are added as a contrast. In general, the “transitional style” contains mostly natural, woody and earthy hues..
There are many natural materials in the interior decoration of Transitional – stone, ceramic tiles, wood. Of the metals, brass and copper are often used, worn, aged nickel, silver and bronze details can be found.
In the American classics, there is a very pronounced craving for symmetry. Furniture items are often mirrored. This is especially noticeable in the living room, where two identical sofas opposite each other are the most common arrangement. In the same way, there are two armchairs, you can find mirrors on opposite walls and two beds in the children’s room..
It is not difficult to choose furniture for the “transitional style”. These are sloping pieces of furniture, without sharp straight lines and sharp corners. Often used are carriage braces, soft headboards, metal rivets on chairs and armchairs. Carving is not so common, but it can be present selectively as a decoration.
Upholstery fabrics are very different – worn leather, knitted items, velvet, tweed, silk, corduroy, suede. And the patterns are simple, low-contrast, just a background.
The Transitional style ceilings are traditionally white, high, with a wide cornice. Sometimes there are coffered ceilings, which give the rooms a more formal and classic look. Walls are most often simply painted in light colors, wallpapers are quite rare.
In the “transitional style” there are many table and pendant lamps, often the center of the ceiling is occupied by a chandelier with pendants, but it is never the only source of illumination.
Decor items in the Transitional style are vintage items, paintings, mirrors, modern candlesticks, vases. A lot of decorations are not needed, these are point elements that simply complement the picture and bring individuality to the interior.
In general, according to the designers, the Transitional style is very simple, you can create it yourself without the help of professionals. And the finishing is inexpensive, and the furniture is not difficult to pick up. And the general impression is very calm, cozy, pleasant. Apparently, this is why the “transitional style” remains the most popular in the United States..