Transitional Decor: Why it’s so popular and how to get the look in your home

August 4, 2017 by Leanne

If you haven’t heard yet, transitional decor is the design style today. What makes it so popular? It’s a beautiful mix of country and urban, masculine and feminine, old and new. There’s plenty of structure, yet lots of room for individuality. Transitional is halfway between contemporary and traditional. Fresh and confident yet never brash; intimate and sophisticated yet never fussy.

Transitional decor

This welcoming transitional living room features a mix of patterns, textures and finishes.

Let’s look at the top 5 principles of transitional decor:

  1. Simple, clean lines. While a little curve is welcome with transitional styling, generally, lines are clean, uncomplicated and never ornate. The look is streamlined, but not sleek or cold. There’s a genuine warmth to transitional decor.
  2. Neutral colours. When you’re blending pieces of different styles from different periods, stick to a neutral palette and tone on tone colour schemes. Skip the brights. If you must have colour, think soft and subtle.
  3. Lots of texture. With colour at a minimum, texture becomes extra important to make a room more interesting visually and tactilely. Think about including glass, nubby fabrics, distressed wood and steel.
  4. Impactful accessories. A lot of small details and accents make a transitional space look cluttered. Instead choose fewer, statement accessories that are a little bolder and make a dramatic impact.
  5. Natural materials. Whether it’s suede or leather upholstery, wood floors, metal furnishings or green plants, natural is sophisticated and subtle in a transitional space.
Transitional decor

This transitional dining room offers a neutral palette for warm and timeless look.

How do you achieve transitional decor in your own home? Success can be achieved if you keep three things in mind:

  1. Balance. Stay within contemporary and traditional – don’t become random with your choices.
  2. Simplicity. While a transitional home is never minimalistic, neither is it busy. The palette, furnishings and accents should all be subdued, timeless, just a touch refined.
  3. Personality. Don’t be afraid to make your mark on your home. Transitional can be quite liberating! You still have the freedom to express your preferences and passions but always with boundaries to help guide your good taste.

Transitional is the most popular home style for many reasons. Start exploring how you can transition your home today!

Gorgeous Grey Decor: Trendy Yet Timeless

July 28, 2017 by Leanne

Grey has become the neutral of choice in home decor. Let’s have a look at how to make grey decor work in your space – and whether it’s a trend to try or a classic to keep.

The Bellamy Dining set works beautifully with grey walls and accents.

The Bellamy Dining set works beautifully with warm grey walls and accents.

Grey is a true neutral.

While beige, ivory, taupe, navy and brown act as neutrals, grey is the real thing. Somewhere between white and black, pure grey is almost colourless. What that means to your décor plans is that grey pairs wonderfully with just about any colour – brights, pastels, jewel tones and even other neutrals.

Grey loves every style.

Grey shows up in every style – from distressed woods in farmhouse chic to linear sofas that are ultra contemporary. It’s perfect for a shag rug, an edgy metal side chair or an elegant living room sofa. So flexible.

This transitional sofa, shown in grey, comes in a full-sized and condo-sized option.

A mix of greys in this room, brings depth and texture for a classic yet fresh look.

Grey brings other elements to life.

Grey is comfortable being the star of the show, but its neutrality also makes it a perfect backdrop for colour pieces that you want to highlight. Grey walls encourage art to pop; a grey sofa accentuates brighter pillows or throws; grey cupboards or countertops let your dishware and accessories sparkle.

Grey is perfect for foundation pieces.

Grey is a fantastic choice for foundation pieces in your home. While you may change the colour of accent pieces every season, you can count on classic grey for anchor items like sofas, dressers, dinettes sets, headboards and much more. They’ll look great with whatever your changing palette demands! Grey is also a sound choice for flooring, walls, rugs and appliances – if it’s meant to last – grey’s your best bet.

Heron Upholstered Bed

This lovely grey upholstered bed stands out in this space with warm woods and white walls.

Warm grey versus cold grey.

There’s a great deal of variation within grey. Warmer greys have more yellow, there’s a hint of sunshine. If you still harbour feelings for beige, warm grey is the way to go. Warmer greys create a more traditional, cozy feeling, yet are still on trend. Colder greys have a hint of blue or purple at their essence. They are very popular right now and generate a contemporary chic ambience. Love an all neutral space? Both cool and warm greys look fabulous with white, ivory and black – depending on the vibe you want to create.

Grey’s outstanding versatility and timeless appeal make it a choice you will love for years. And yes, while certain shades of grey will come and go as the ‘in’ hue, our prediction is that grey decor is here to stay!

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