I’m working on a project at the moment that integrates both conventional and midcentury modern styles. The general look is transitional, or traditional with a contemporary twist. I enjoy designing transitional interiors because they permit you to play various styles — excellent for those people with multiple design styles! In this case, I’m combining a love of feminine and tasteful furnishings in shades of crimson and red, and a desire to upgrade the space with contemporary and modern influences, all in an open-plan town flat constructed in the 1940s.
To pull it together, I have created some rep by looking for furnishings and accessories with similar colors, shapes and finishes. Inside this ideabook, I thought I’d round up a few of the products which are inspiring the scheme. — Lucy from Four Walls and a Roof
Snowdrop Armchair, Coral House Textured Cotton – GBP 540
The starting point is a statement piece that brings together the other elements of this space. This coral seat is ideal. It has a traditional shape with curved arms and turned-wood thighs, but it’s updated with an eye-popping fabric.
Kelly Wearstler Bengal Bazaar Pillow Covers By Aurelia6311 – $100
One of these cushions in Kelly Wearstler’s fabric would look amazing on the armchair. It is a fabric that works well in a transitional interior, as it is influenced by ikat fabrics re-imagined in these gorgeous pink and apricot shades.
Vintage Barrel Back Chairs by Liven UP Design – $400
An alternate is to supply vintage armchairs and have them reupholstered. I like the form of these seats. The back back and curved legs are somewhat conventional, but they still look comfortable and generously proportioned.
Watermelon Fabric – $40.53
This watermelon-colored velvet would look great on the classic chairs. Velvet is conventional, but the colour is a contemporary shade of pink without being as fearless as fuchsia.
KLIPPAN Two-Seat Sofa, Alme White – GBP 135
If the seats will be a conventional shape, I’d choose a simple contemporary sofa. The Ikea Klippan sofa in white is perfect because it’s so affordable. I think of it as the insides equivalent of a timeless little black dress, best accessorized with classic jewelry.
Estelle Prettypegs, Teak Style
If you don’t like the legs on the sofa, a great choice is that this set of legs made to fit Ikea furniture. They are available in a variety of colors and a selection of styles, including these midcentury tapered legs. If you fancy pink turned-wood legs in your white sofa, this is the way to get it done!
CORAL Cushion – GBP 48
While the seats are dressed with contemporary pillows, the contemporary sofa can be accented with conventional pillows. I love these hand-dyed velvet pillows in various shades of pink.
Freshford Poppy Red Cushion – GBP 34.56
The smallest touch of floral could be introduced at a cushion. All these poppies are embroidered, therefore they’re more contemporary than the usual chintz fabric would be.
The Supply Collection
Faux Bois Drinks Table – $775
Elements of brass and gold aid a space mix eras effortlessly. I would love to see this fairly twig table between a pair of those coral armchairs.
Newberry Pedestal Table – Pottery Barn – $399
To complement the golden table, I’ll probably incorporate a turned-wood table which has a conventional form.
Zuri Coffee Table
The coffee table could maintain a warm timber, in this case teak, but I would choose a midcentury form. The marquetry provides a degree of craftsmanship and timelessness.
One of a Kind Vintage Coffee Table Blonde Gilt – $990
This French-inspired console is very conventional, but its slender lines and touch of golden imply it would be a decorative accent in a transitional interior.
Contemporary Wall Mirrors – $499
This mirror is a simpler, more contemporary interpretation of a starburst mirror. Its antiqued metal finish would work well.
Herringbone Sisal Rug – $299
Timeless principles are a fantastic alternative for large bits such as rugs. A honey-colored sisal rug will complement the warm colour scheme and pull the room together.
Tritter Feefer Home Collection Baluster Dining Table – $1,798
For your dining area, I enjoy this pedestal table. It has a rather heavy look, but it comes in numerous endings, which means that you may decide on a lighter one such as this to deliver the look up to date.
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Linen Hayden Dining Chair – $179.99
Vintage upholstered dining chairs set comfort first and encourage post-dinner conversation. These are very affordable possibilities, and I enjoy the tailored shape, which works well with both traditional and contemporary accessories.
Vinyl Tree Wall Decal by Wall Decal Depot – $78
While chinoiserie is usually related to conventional, even stately, insides, a decal is a more contemporary method to incorporate quite chinoiserie designs. I would like to get this done in gold from a dark gray wall in the dining room.
Possini Euro Design White Flower Pendant Chandelier – $259.99
This blossom necklace would look stunning against the darkened walls and would complement the decal. It is undoubtedly a contemporary piece, but the floral shape ties it into the conventional elements of this plot.
Turning Pendant, White/Natural – $149
An alternative would be this easy drum color. The wood-turned base dresses up the entire fixture and repeats the shapes of the table and pedestal table.
Cleo Table Lamp – $329
I love that this table lamp combines a traditional finial, an easy white color and contemporary gold base. It is ideal as the finishing touch to the dining area.
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