One of the projects we’re currently tackling is this traditional style living room that we’re currently updating to a transitional style space!
I love transitional style because it incorporates some of the curves and shapes of traditional style and updates them with color while offering more clean lines found in contemporary style. To me, its the best of both worlds!
Here’s a transitional style space designed by one of my favorite designers, Corey Damen Jenkins.
Here’s the room as it is now.
The room has some really wonderful architectural details. Check out the shadow boxes below the chair rail and the chair rail and crown molding. Not to mention the hardwood floors and french doors!
If your room has features like this, find a way to highlight them! These kinds of details will set your space apart so make sure to take full advantage!
One: Neutralize the yellow walls with a warm beige.
Two: Highlight the shadow boxes and crown molding by painting it white so it really pops!
To make the trim work stand out we’re finishing it in semi-gloss while the wall will be a ‘wipe-able’ flat finish.
Three: We’ve got some neutrals in place but the room needs punch of color. With the client’s help, we decided on sage and olive greens. This color family is timeless and lends itself to a more traditional palette. The contemporary elements will come from the smooth lines of our furniture.
It will be beautiful, soothing, and even with a punch of this deep color, the room will still feel calm.
Layout: Before you begin a new project, even before you decide on color, its always a good idea to take a look at your space and find out what you’re ‘married’ to! We apply this term to items that must stay in the space. In this case, it was the piano. It was the one must-keep for our client.
Knowing what must stay will most certainly affect 2 things: your room’s layout and possibly the color scheme. For example, if this piano was yellow, we’d need to incorporate yellow into the space to make the piano make sense. Thankfully, it’s neutral which gives us plenty of freedom.
Now that we know what’s staying, we can decide on a layout.
With layout, the most important tip is to figure out how you want the space to function. What are the primary activities that will take place? Then plan accordingly.
For this room, the clients wanted seating set up for conversation and entertaining, and a more formal space for welcoming guests or conducting business.
We’re going to use a new sofa but also we’re adding chairs facing the sofa for fostering conversation. We also added a chair for listening to the piano or doing solitary tasks like reading or relaxing. Finally, we added a small bench which can be used when additional seating is required. See our new layout below!
Layout and colors are decided! Next step? To start choosing specific pieces and building our space.
Create. Innovate. Decorate!