Contemporary vs. Traditional vs. Transitional

  • Contemporary Interiors

    Form and architectural features

    Form and architectural features

    Base color is neutral, whites, greys, beige with “pops” of color

    Color in accessories, art, and nature

    Use of an antique or two is ok, depending on the piece

    No elaborate window treatments, main purpose is privacy

    Not cluttered

    Lighting design is critical

    Clean sleek lines

    Contrast of texture and shiny creates interest

    Personalizing with accessories is important

    Natural materials, woods, stone, leather

    Emphasis of architectural features

    Different degrees of contemporary- soft, relaxed, Euro, minimalist

    Traditional Interiors

    Note the symmetry used in this formal traditional entry. Grandma's sideboard has it's own special inset so it doesn't clutter the traffic flow and gives guests room to mingle.

    Note the symmetry used in this formal traditional entry. Grandma’s sideboard has it’s own special inset so it doesn’t clutter the traffic flow and gives guests room to mingle.

    Many different degrees of traditional design from formal to very relaxed

    Many different flavors, French, Early American, Italian, English

    It is very difficult to mesh the flavors

    Color in fabrics and accessories

    Fabrics play a big role in traditional design

    Mix mass pieces with form pieces of furniture

    Use of collections integrated in the design

    Symmetry creates a more formal design

    Use of neutrals can be useful to relax the design

    Antiques are critical for a successful design

    Elaborate window coverings are more easily integrated

    Transitional Decor/Eclectic Interiors

    This is transitional, contemporary furniture and light with softened  traditional elements like the draperies and accessories.

    This is transitional, contemporary furniture and light fixture with softened traditional elements like the draperies and accessories.

    Anything goes

    Very personalized use of accessories

    Very difficult to achieve a successful design without professional assistance

    Pieces of contemporary and traditional design

    Take care with color to not overdue with lots of neutrals to offset.

    Do not clutter. Remember less is more.

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