Transitional style furniture is a blending of traditional and contemporary styles. Transitional designs that blend old and new styles are often referred to as “updated classics” or “classics with a contemporary twist.” This furniture style took off in the 1950s, responding to mid-century modern design with a style that added a little more. All the comfort and elegance of the traditional design is seamlessly combined with the smooth, understated outlines of the contemporary, resulting in transitional furniture that is simple yet sophisticated, warm yet refreshing.
The lines of transitional style are typically straight with gentle curves. There are few embellishments or fancy accessories. Going hand-in-hand with Amish made furniture, the transitional furniture design focuses on comfort and function to serve a thriving household. It always stays in style, transitioning with current styles easily and providing an elegant, classic, enduring look to enjoy.
Features of Transitional Furniture
Blending of ornate details of traditional design with clean lines of contemporary design
Furniture lines are simple and can be straight or rounded
Always in style
Few fancy embellishments
Versatile furniture option
Often features neutral colors
What’s the Difference Between Traditional and Transitional Style?
Transitional design manages to add traditional flair without the piece becoming too frilly or showy. The colors used for a transitional room lean toward contemporary style, natural and neutral with a streak of bold sometimes added. The woods used in transitional style furniture are often lighter colored than woods selected for a traditional piece.
Tip for Creating a Transitional Style Room
Some pieces of transitional furniture look a bit more traditional or conversely, a bit more contemporary. When planning a transitional style room, start with large furniture pieces that showcase a bit more of the style you favor most, then add other contemporary or traditional elements to complement them.
A Winning Combination
When contemporary looks too minimal or simple and traditional is a bit too frilly and old fashioned, the transitional winning combination works for those who are fans of both styles of furniture. The result of combining the two is not eclectic but rather an equal representation of masculine and feminine that creates a smooth look that’s quite versatile and holds the ability to dress up or be pared down, depending on personal preference.
DutchCrafters offers transitional style furniture for every room, from beds to hutches to dining tables. Explore the possibilities of customizing this winning style further to truly make it your own.