The current design trend is one that can’t be defined by an all-encompassing phrase like traditional, modern, formal, or shabby chic. Look in any design magazine and most of the rooms are a blend of styles that can be taken in any direction with the addition of a few accessories. This design style is known as transitional, and we couldn’t love it more. It means you can make your grandmother’s antique sofa look great with a glass coffee table or create a space with a vibe that is at once modern and inviting.
There are two ways to go about getting a transitional look:
That said, to create a well-mixed room that looks cohesive, there are a few tricks to keep in mind:
If you’re more of a “give me a specific set of rules” kind of person, here is a chart that can help you see how to use different types of upholstered furniture to create a transitional look. Just find the kind of sofa or chair you have and see what to pair it with for the perfect mixed-style room.
|Rolled or British||Skirt||Traditional and formal (the skirt dresses things up)||
|Rolled or British||Turned Leg||Traditional through and through||
|Track or Straight||Skirt||Neutral: The track arm modernizes the traditional skirt||
|Rolled or British||Tapered Leg||Neutral: The tapered leg brings the traditional arm up to date||
|Track or Straight||Tapered Leg||Modern: The straight arm with the straight leg creates an overall modern feel||
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