From Modern to Contemporary – A Journey in Transitional Interiors
There came a time in the late twentieth century, when people lost interest in the cutting edge simplicity of the modern design. There was a lull in design history that needed to be filled – a change that needed to take place in order to get the wheel of advent in motion again. In these times, where contemporary design was a far off notion, the middle ground became the Transitional Style. After the cold austerity of the modern era designs, the transitional setting took some of the best characteristics of the modern genre and added some much needed warmth to the entire setting by playing in warm colors, textures and natural light. Transitional style of interior design has all the best qualities of a regular modern interior – straight lines, minimalistic features, a study in open floor planning – but it adds something more to this style by putting an organic feel to the entire setting. This style is essentially the bridge between modern and contemporary, meeting the frayed edges of both these genres to create a style that is inspiring as well as out of the box. Let’s take a look at a few transitional interiors below.
A play of color and fixtures
Modern design usually comes off as stark and boring, with an achromatic color scheme and a glossy material palate, but with transitional; you can get rid of that edge by playing with a funky color scheme and interesting furniture and lighting fixtures in your interior design. The image below is the perfect representation of this style, where the popping orange arm chairs create an alluring remix of retro and funky, while the pendulum lighting fixtures create a retro environ that overlaps beautifully with the straight edged base of the modern palate.
A play in warm and cool colors
When you’re designing a transitional style interior, make sure you do not fall into the vintage retro or even the mid-century modern territory. There is a fine line between all these styles that needs to be adhered to meticulously. While you can play on with a plethora of popping colors, you must also take into account the use of textures too. If the peripheral color scheme is too popping, you need to compensate for it by laying low with the texture and pattern palate.
Lighting is the mood maker of any interior design formation, and when it comes to transitional, it takes on the lead in making or breaking the entire ambiance. Most of the time, a natural light offset is the most organic part of a transitional setting, but if you do not have access to large portals a dim gold environ would be more than enough. It would not only create a rather unique sort of richness in the setting, but would also help highlight the lighting fixtures too.