Happy New Year to you all! It is such a blessing to be able to write these articles and share content on my social media of our Naperville, Illinois home. You all inspire me every day to keep those creative juices flowing!
Recently I asked my Instagram followers what style of home decorating they like most. And the response was overwhelmingly…Transitional! This beat out traditional, mid-century modern (I was shocked by that one!), and coastal (my least favorite of all – but then again we don’t live near the coast…so.)
Of course I was thrilled to hear that Transitional came out on top since it is also my preferred style. And since the current home we live in really does take on more of a traditional vibe than modern, it’s been ultra challenging to achieve that perfect balance.
This blend between modern and traditional is popping up all over retail stores and brand catalogues. Fine lines and metals paired with crystal and upholstery. It can all get a little confusing to the average home owner. So, if you’re interested in reading a little bit more about this style and what elements incorporate it, read this article published last year.
Ultimately, the Transitional style uses organic materials (woods/stone), neutral tones, trim and molding (mill work architectural components, and minimal decor (no nick-nacks!)
If this sounds like a style that also speaks to YOU, keep reading! Today I’m sharing three super easy ways (and affordable at that) to incorporate the Transitional style into your home this year – without having to endure major renovations or spend major dough.
3 Easy and Affordable Ways to Add Transitional Style Into Your Home this Year
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1. Use Organic Materials
These days the term ‘organic’ seems to be used in every space, not just food! And when it comes to transition style decorating, using organic (natural) materials is key. Things like wood, stone, hides, concrete, granite should all be considered and incorporated – but not overpowering.
Too much wood makes the home look cabin-like and dated. Too much stone makes the home look too Tuscan villa. Does that make sense? For example, a reclaimed wood console table like the Ubud from Arhaus can be the one organic showpiece in an entryway or living room.
Concrete countertops in the kitchen or even bath will nicely compliment the organic look without being overly dominant.
2. Add Metal Finishes
If you like a little bit of glam in your home, you’ll enjoy this step in the transitional decor process. I personally love metals (particularly gold at the moment) and find it gives the perfect pop to an otherwise bland room. Similar to organic materials, careful not to overdo the metals – otherwise things can look a bit…tacky?
A few examples of how to gently incorporate metals are with furniture legs, accessories like candle holders and decorative bowls, lighting, and artwork frames.
3. Go Neutral…Mostly
The typical rule of thumb with transitional decor is layering various neutrals – whites, beiges, ivories, greys, browns, blacks. But as a girl that loves a good pop of color, I say to challenge the norm a little.
I suggest a 70/30 rule – heavy on neutrals but still adding complimentary shades of color such as forest green or navy blue. Simply said, you don’t have to go completely monotone and can still have a little fun in what otherwise might feel like a boring vanilla space.
That said, I always recommend choosing neutrals for big commitments like paint colors, furniture, curtains – anything that will be an investment and a pain to change down the road. With regards to color, this can (and most likely WILL) change season to season or year over year.
So use it wisely and with less commitment in mind. Pillows, throw blankets, decor pieces, area rugs and art work are all ways to incorporate color into a transitional space without worrying about regret later on.