Transitional style is currently taking over contemporary as the new, hot trend in home decorating.

With transitional decor one can blend all your current, traditional and contemporary furniture, fabrics and accessories into a timeless new look. There is no need for a complete remodel which will save one money in this challenging economic time. Transitional design is all about mixing styles, granting one the creative license to abandon everything one knows or does not know about home decorating, and discover a flexible new approach.

Transitional design tips are helpful.

To help one mix your grandparent’s antique dining table with your Mexican chairs and African fabrics, here are some transitional design tips. Keep in mind that the goal in the end is a uncomplicated yet, sophisticated result. It is not about blending everything and hoping it will work. By developing new vision, one will see how to arrange your current decor into an artistic reflection that is uniquely yours. Sometimes we simply cannot see this new arrangement and what will work together. Ever had a girlfriend dive into your closet and pull out clothes to wear together in a way that you never imagined? This is the same idea, a journey to uncover the gems of what we already have, and a leap of creativity to combine them in a new vision.

Transitional Furniture

It is time to mix curves with straight lines, the antique with contemporary, the masculine with the feminine, the dark with the light. Do not be afraid to include one particularly large piece of furniture balanced with smaller pieces, or larger furniture pieces than usual. The key is a variety that stimulates over playing it safe. Allow a distinct piece to stand out and build around it. Consider a mix of chairs at the dining table, or separating a pair of chairs to work independently.

Transitional Fabrics

It is all about a captivating mix and contrast of textures. Place the silk pillow on a nubby, chenille arm chair, or the thick textured pillows on the smooth, ultra-suede couch. Balance the flirty feminine with the strong masculine by hanging the soft, silky curtains behind the leather couch. Remember that opposites can be exceptionally dynamic. For the focus to be on textures, colors need to be more subtle. Use simple, subdued and repetitive fabrics to tone down a busy look while using more complex, colorful fabrics to add interest to more bland combinations.

Transitional Colors

Though the transitional palette leans towards more soft and subtle shades overall, do not be afraid to pop that gray leather couch with some bright turquoise or violet pillows. Easy on the eye colors can create a serene, crisp atmosphere, but subtle pops of color can bring a room alive. If one chooses deep brown walls, accent with similar tonal shades like ivory and tan, then add a splash of lime green. If one chooses  soft lime green walls, then accent the brown couch with some colorful, textured pillows. In short, balance the grays, browns, tans and off-whites with some bright shades, and balance brights with subtle, earthy colors.

Transitional Accessories

The key here is that less is more so do not over do accessories. Keep them minimal, but have them make a complimentary, artistic statement. Frame the old, family photographs in elegant, silver or black frames, place the cobalt blue, art deco vase on an antique table in front of white, linen curtains or place the bright yellow, Italian ceramic bowl on a cool gray, metal coffee table. Create a specific shelf to display your Matiz pottery or Japanese bowls. Find a spot for your favorite accessories that will accentuate them while adding interest to the feel of the room.

Overall, the goal is to warm the cool contemporary and bring life to the stuffy traditional with a mix that results in your own personal transitional style. There is no right nor wrong here. Just stay open to all the possibilities, and keep experimenting until the soulful eye rests on a pleasing mix. An understated elegance will give one an appealing atmosphere with which one can confidently live with for many  years.

Sometimes it can be difficult to begin the transition process when one has a truly diverse collection of furniture, so here is a tip to get you going.

The key here is to find something to pull all the various elements together. The best method that works beautifully is finding a rug with a transitional design to become the focal point around which one can start to build the room. If one has difficulty finding such a design, consider having a custom floor cloth made with the exact colors and pattern that will compliment the desired decor . Floorcloths are a great product for use in transitional decor as they have a sleek, smooth finish that offers a modern feel. They also have the extra added benefits of low maintenance, water and stain resistance along with being hypoallergenic, eco- friendly and extremely durable. These canvas floor coverings will provide one with a transitional piece of floor art around which one can create a whole new look for any room in the home. We are often quick to overlook the floor as a focal point, considering the wall color or furniture first. It can then be difficult to find the right rug to pull the room together. Consider making the floor decor the first priority, and then the transitional style will easily flow together.

Transitional decor offers a challenging opportunity to blend opposites. 

Though it may seem impossible at first to learn how to decorate with transitional style, it will reveal itself with continuous experimenting. Eventually, one will find the perfect combination of the standard classic with the sleek contemporary resulting in an innovative new look. Though the plan is to use the decor one may already have, stay open to unique products, such as the floorcloths, that can help pull it all together for an effortless transition in home decor.