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Transitional Design

Transitional Design

What is your style? Is traditional style a bit too formal? Is contemporary style a bit too harsh? Do you feel like you like something in the middle, elements of both but can’t put your finger on it? Transitional style is an alliance between traditional and contemporary, taking the unique aspects of each and combining them to create a balanced blend of both.

For a fresh, tailored look, transitional design unites the simplicity of contemporary design with the refined elegance of traditional design. Design strategies in this style influence all elements from window fashions to flooring and emphasize clean lines, less color, and lots of texture to achieve a neutral space full of depth.

The base of a successful transitional design begins with the color palette. Subtle neutral colors create calm, relaxing spaces that are clean, uncomplicated and allow the other elements an opportunity to shine. Selecting white, tan, gray and beige may seem lackluster at first. However, when paired correctly, they become exciting, drawing you in and allowing your mind to relax and enjoy the space.

Setting foot into a transitional room means stepping onto thoughtfully selected flooring. Warm woods paired with soft carpets and textured rugs continues the goal of creating calm and depth. The evolution of design in rugs brings the homeowner more options in materials, patterns, colors and most importantly with this design style, textures. Various weaves, braids, and fabrics combine in infinite ways, producing intriguing patterns without the need for color and contrast.

Transitional furniture combines curves with straight lines, metals with woods and/or masculine and feminine features for a simplistic aesthetic that keeps the focus on the sophistication of the design. Pieces may be ample in scale, but not overbearing or intimidating. Mix and match minimalist pieces with more modern straight lines and carefully curated fabrics on relevant chairs, ottomans, and sofas for a subtle contrast.

Bring it all together with window fashions, lighting, accessories, and art.  Select simple solid drapes without embellishments or ornate gatherings. Go big with a statement light fixture and striking artwork, while less is more with accessories.

Whether starting new or refreshing your space, the transitional design brings your space current, blends elements from different styles and allows for a calm yet dynamic room.

6 Benefits of Wool Flooring

6 Benefits of Wool Flooring

With a long tradition as one of the most luxurious fibers for flooring, wool provides many benefits. Wool is stylish, sustainable, easy to clean, safe, strong and provides value to your home and life.

Stylish

The distinctive beauty of wool is of its natural affinity to accept dye. By locking the color in, wool is dyed in vibrant colors that last, cannot be rubbed off and look good longer. Wool can be woven, tied, or tufted into stylish textures and patterns adding dimension and depth to your room.

Sustainable

Wool, collected from sheep raised and bred in the countryside, takes a fraction of the energy to produce compared to other materials. In addition to decreased production costs, the lifespan of wool flooring is up to five times longer than other options.

Easy to Clean

Due to the lanolin (wool wax), the coating on each fiber wool rugs are stain resistant. This attribute also prevents dirt from becoming embedded into the carpet.

Safe

Because of the high protein and moisture content wool is naturally flame retardant, not allowing flames to spread quickly. The moisture levels also make the wool static-free and enable it to absorb indoor contaminants to help purify the air from harmful gasses.

Strength

Wool fibers are strong enough to bend up to 10,000 times before breaking. The fibers natural elasticity allow it to stretch up to 30% more than it’s original length and still bounce back.

Value

The longevity of wool flooring averages out the upfront cost while at the same time providing other energy, health, environmental and care savings.

Enjoy naturally superior qualities of wool in your home.

Decorating in Threes

Decorating in Threes

If there is such a thing as a “magic number” for assuring good visual design, it’s three. Artists and designers use visual elements in sets of three to help their compositions feel more harmonious. Left, center, right. Small, medium, large. It’s a series that’s familiar, balanced, and orderly. Three is important when it comes to structure, it has symbolic significance to many religions, and it has a natural connection to the way we process information.

As a design principle, combinations of three are considered more engaging and memorable. Our brains are programmed to find patterns and respond to proportions. Our eyes seek to keep moving. You can create this kind of visual interest in your own décor by applying the “Rule of Three.”

COMPOSITION

Arrangements composed of an odd number of objects are more appealing – a center point anchors the arrangement and the other pieces add symmetry.

Move larger furniture into groupings. Three pieces with similar visual weight will create cozy conversation zones.

Working with a standard shape in the room also creates cohesion. A round mirror, round table, and the curve of a sofa arm encourage you to think in threes.

SCALE

Varying size and scale engage a sense of depth.

Three levels of height draw the eye into following a triangular path.

Using patterns of three different scales (small, medium, large) or motifs (plaid, stripe, floral) in a room adds dimension and texture.

COLOR

A typical formula for a color palette consists of the primary color, a secondary color, and an accent color.

If you introduce a pop of color, repeat it in two more places to keep the observer’s gaze traveling around the room.

Layered lighting improves color and ambiance. Most plans incorporate three sources: natural illumination from windows, overhead fixtures, and task lighting.