Timeless Interior Styles: Part 3 – Transitional

Transitional design embodies the happy medium when it comes to design, so it’s no surprise that it’s grown in popularity over the recent years. That’s why, in the third part of our Timeless Interior Styles series, we’ll be sharing some essential design considerations, so that you can create a traditional design with a timeless appeal. 

Typically, transitional spaces offer a neutral colour palette, with a modern aesthetic which doesn’t overpower the traditional details. A transitional design is a powerful way to combine classic and contemporary pieces, yet still achieve a coordinated look. So, if you’re torn between two interior design aesthetics, a transitional interior could be the perfect choice for you.

Kitchen and dining area

Choose colours carefully

When it comes to thinking about a colour scheme in your transitional interior design, it’s worth considering the mood that you’re aiming to create in the space. Try opting for tonal colours which are four to five tones of a similar shade for a subtle look. Sticking to the same range of hues will keep everything consistent and will ensure every element of the room coordinates seamlessly. 

For those who are feeling a little bit more daring, why not pair grey tones with neutral base colours to reflect the light? Using this technique, the attention is diverted across the room without focusing on one single element – making it an effective solution for opening up larger areas with a small amount of light. 

Coordinate your furniture

Since transitional interior design is all about harmonising unexpected interior styles, choosing the correct furniture is often the most difficult part of pulling off transitional design in your home. 

So, to ensure your pieces are likely to work together, opt for simple silhouettes and stick to a neutral colour palette, pairing these with abstract furniture to keep the attention bouncing around the room. For a smarter look, keep everything in a two-tone colour palette that creates a balance to ensure items complement each other. 

When it comes to textiles, you have a little bit more freedom to play around with items that may not necessarily go together at first glance. Plush, varied textiles with subtle coordination is a great tip to keep all pieces working in harmony with each other. We’d recommend sticking to a handful of shades and patterns to keep this look cohesive. In the kitchen a mix of vintage and contemporary dishes and appliances look great against wood effect floor tiles for a classic finish. Leaving you free to introduce further accents or create a feature splashback using patterned tiles.

Focus on your flooring

In transitional interior design, think of the flooring as an anchor point that ties the whole room together. So, while we would always recommend opting for neutral or singular coloured flooring, there’s still room to play around with your flooring options.

In the bathroom, use glass, metal, ceramic and wood for a modern touch. To complement a clawfoot bathtub, install black sparkly floor tiles to set off the room with a touch of elegance and luxury. Alternatively, if you’d like to ground the room with a more traditional feel, choose wood effect floor tiles that bring beautiful warm tones that work well with both modern and traditional accessories and furniture. 

If you have some furniture pieces that are a little unconventional in comparison to your other pieces, use your floors to mellow and unify the overall look. With neutral coloured flooring, there’s plenty of room to go dramatic or find an elegant statement piece that will remain timeless. 

Empty living room

If a traditional living room with heavy fabrics seems boring to you and a modern room with harsh edges and minimalist features doesn’t sound like your design ideal either, then transitional design could offer the best of both worlds. 

So what are you waiting for? Using your know-how from this post, browse our impressive choice of stylish floor tiles today to bring you one step closer to pulling off stunning transitional interiors throughout your home.

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