Almost every listing I fall in love with has a really fabulous mixture of contemporary and vintage pieces, and maybe a few quirky flea market finds. I had no idea that this is what basically makes up transitional style. It’s a great decor style that makes almost every home look like a supermodel, and it’s not hard at all to attain.
I think that 5446 Ridgedale, a gorgeous M Streets Tudor, really evokes transitional style. Dallas stager Karen Eubank agrees.
“Look at the entryway. It has a simple wood-topped table with straight crome legs. There’s a glass-base lamp on top and pale grey walls. When I walk into that home, and I see that table and I can tell that it’s been updated. It’s on-trend,” Eubank said.
In the living room there’s a fantastic vintage mirror above the fireplace, a great juxtaposition with the oval cocktail table. It all has a very timeless look, doesn’t it? The seating feels clean and modern with a more traditional shape. All of these pieces mix well to produce a great example of transitional style.
What’s the easiest way to update a home that merges contemporary and traditional? “Lighting fixtures are a great way to update a house quickly,” Eubank said. Head to Lowes or Home Depot and find modern-feeling fixtures that blend well with traditional furniture.
The dining room, with the drum light centered over the dining table, is a great example of that philosophy, says Eubank. “The dining room is wonderful. The paint is a little darker than in the living room, but with the white trim, it works. The chairs are a more traditional shape, but are covered with a more modern fabric.”
Getting ready to sell your home? The easiest way to achieve transitional style is through accessories, Eubank said. Start with a coat of pale gray, green, or blue on the walls and go from there.
“Most people are not going to have the resources to go out and buy and updated living room suite,” she added. “But if you’re planning on buying a few new pieces when you move into your new home, give yourself permission to go ahead and buy a couple of new pieces, maybe a sofa or armchair that works.”
On an even stiffer budget? Head to HomeGoods or Target.
“You can update your house for in the neighborhood of $500 if you’re smart about it,” Eubank said.