Interior Design Part 1: Modern, Traditional, and Transitional

When purchasing furniture, one of the most important considerations you´ll need to think about is how each piece works in the greater context of your home. This article will explain three of the most popular design styles to help you get started. Remember that these styles are not rigid rules, just guidelines to help you make your home look beautiful, expressive, and unique.

Modern
Modern style is without a doubt one of the most popular designs out there.  It is based on the idea that less is more, and for this reason features simple, spacious designs.  Black and white based color schemes, simple patterns, and sleek design are all typical of the modern style.  Modern furniture tends to have less decoration and less bulk, and may be propped up on legs in order to create a more spacious feel.

Traditional

Traditional style, as you might imagine, is all about familiarity and comfort.  It is symmetrical and well coordinated.  Furniture is round, inviting, and usually all part of a matching set.  Design is classic and conservative often featuring face-to-face or side-by-side sofas and chairs.  Colors such as cream, tan, and brown are very prominent, as traditional aims at creating a warm, homey feeling.

Transitional

Finally, for those of you who like to mix and match (or if you just can´t choose between the classic options listed above) we have transitional style. Transitional design mixes elements of contemporary and traditional in order to create a hip, up to date version of classic design.  Warm colors, strong lines with occasional curves, and a design that is simple but not too stripped down are the defining characteristics of transitional style.  When done correctly, transitional style gives you the best of both worlds--inviting yet spacious, charming yet simple, timeless yet modern.