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Interior Design Styles Explained #4 Transitional Marlin Spring

Interior Design Styles Explained #4 Transitional Marlin Spring Interior Design Styles Explained #4 Transitional Marlin Spring

For being a relatively new style, Modern Design has deep roots in both the German Bauhaus schools of design, and the Scandinavian beliefs of simplicity and function. It’s truly a style that’s saturated in history and significance, which is why it is widely considered a timeless design.

Welcome to the fourth edition of our “Interior Styles Explained” series! We’ve gone over a few different styles previously to help you understand the unique look and feel each of these designs can offer for your home. Today we’re going to be looking at the Transitional Design style. This is a look that goes for comfort and practicality using furniture pieces that are timeless, classic and clean.

When we asked how he would describe the style, Kelly said that Modern Design is generally characterized by a clean look, with materials like polished metal, glass, molded plywood and plastics. In his exact words: “Today, designers like me, who have an affinity for modern design, utilize a variety of natural and new synthetic materials. A neutral colour palette is favoured, with walls often white and hints of colour used in moderation.”

Welcome to our second edition of “Interior Design Styles Explained”! We hope you enjoyed our previous edition on Industrial Design (which you can find here). This time around, we’re featuring a style we’ve all come to love: Modern Design. This style is the reflection of the modern art movement inside a living space. We spoke to Kelly Cray – one of the principals from the interior design firm U31 – to learn all about it. Enjoy!

Best described as “a new take on old classics”, Transitional Design is the art of mixing Traditional and Modern styles. Clean lines and rounded profiles are used to create the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy within the rooms.

Unlike Traditional Design, which features big and ornate furniture pieces, Transitional Design uses pieces that, while inviting, do not overwhelm or take over the room. The furniture blends Traditional Design comfort and warmth with the clean profiles and understated colours of the Modern style. The push for comfort is also what separates Transitional from Modern Design styles. At its heart, this style is the incorporation of lines that are less ornate than Traditional Designs, but not as severely basic as Modern lines.

The main differences between the contemporary and modern design is: in modern, the colours tend to lean toward naturals and neutrals, whereas  in contemporary, the colours can be quite bold. Also, modern design champions strong lines while contemporary emphasizes curves. These styles may be similar but they are in fact different and dynamic styles to creating a fantastic living space.

Stay tuned for the next edition to learn more about our other favourite interior design styles. If you would like to learn more about how you can achieve this look, or more about Marlin Spring, please visit us here.

Accessories are used sparingly in order to keep these rooms uncomplicated, drawing attention to the simplicity and sophistication of the design. This balance between straight, clean lines and ample, enticing furniture creates an inviting and uncluttered space that’s perfect for active households.

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The main thing that separates Modern Design from the other genres – Art Nouveau, Neoclassical and Victorian – is the opposition to highly ornate objects, intricately carved wood furniture and elaborately patterned fabrics.

This is a great design style that ages incredibly well as it can be updated indefinitely to reflect current trends. It gives you the freedom to freshen the look of the space with little accents like new accessories while keeping big, costly furniture pieces untouched.

Modern Design is often confused with Contemporary Design mainly because many modern design elements are found in contemporary schemes, creating false assumptions about these styles being interchangeable. In reality, Modern Design is defined by a specific era (1920’s-1950’s), while contemporary is “of the moment” and “ever evolving” .

Transitional designs are known for their subtle and clean colour palettes, relying on grayscale colours to evoke a serene atmosphere. This lack of colour makes room for highlighting contrasts with interesting textures such as corduroy, leather, ultra-suede, and soft cottons. Of course, neutrals aren’t the only colour you are allowed to use, but the fewer colours incorporated into the overall décor, the more your space will reflect the Transitional Style.

Kelly pointed out that the modern “aesthetic” embraces a lot of minimalist factory technology and architecture. “Factories began to produce furniture that was stripped down of decoration and focus on the design of the piece in order to save time, money, material and labour”. This is why the idea of function over form is just as important as the notion of originality and technical innovation.

Accessories MUST be kept to a minimum in Transitional spaces. Select pieces that do not overtake the space but, instead, maintain the practicality of the room. A good rule of thumb is to group your accessories in order to compliment the casual tailored setting you have created. For example, when decorating, think of small additions like photographs in simple black and silver frames, or a wooden tray paired with silver candleholders.  

Modern Design emerged at the turn of the 20th century – the peak of the industrial revolution. It is a style that became dominant during the modernization that followed World War II, where simplification and minimalism became a widespread ideal.

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