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How to Get the Look: Luxurious Transitional

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luxurious transitional sofa

If you want the sleekness of a modern space with the elegance of a traditional home, then consider a transitional redesign. A transitional design has the best of both worlds: modern shapes and contours with traditional comfort and luxury. But this style can easily look haphazard or unbalanced. Not to worry: our senior designers have these tips for how to get the luxurious transitional look.

Modern Colors, Traditional Furniture

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If you’re trying to get a luxurious transitional design, then you might find it difficult to strike the perfect balance between modern and traditional decor. Our designers have this easy solution: pick traditional furniture styles, but go for contemporary color schemes. Notice the two-tone curtains in this Upper East Side apartment.

High Sheen

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A transitional redesign should never look dull. To pull off the look, balance more traditional pieces with high-sheen accents and accesories. In the foyer of this Upper East Side apartment, we installed a gold-patterned wall paper and added a gold mirror. It’s the perfect accent for the apartment’s more traditional pieces.

A Transitional is All in the Sofa

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The sofa is the center piece of your living room. So pick out a sofa that encompasses the style you’re going for. Our clients in this Upper West Side pre-war asked for a luxurious formal room. And so we started by picking out a tufted charcoal grey sofa with a nailhead trim. It’s got modern colors, chic details, and comes in a classic style, which makes it perfect for a transitional home.

Low Profile, High Style

luxurious transitional low profile furniture

When sourcing more traditional furniture pieces, make sure you go for low-profile options. This urban airy retreat balances contemporary and traditional design with a low-profile sofa that has an old-school tufted look. A low-profile sofa will also give you more wall space to exhibit your art collection.

White Crown Molding

luxurious transitional crown molding

Whichever color you choose for your walls, go with a white trim. And if you really want to pull off the look, then install some crown molding with a semi-gloss white finish. It’ll give your wall color a real pop. Check out how the white crown molding frames the grey walls in this luxurious pre-war apartment.

Jewel Tones

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When trying to create a transitional design, it can be difficult to source pieces with that strike the perfect balance between traditional and modern. That’s why we love decorating with jewel tones, and specifically jewel tone accents. In this waterfront New jersey condo, we sourced a collection of jewel-tone pillows, for a chic, but traditional look.

Contemporary Accents

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With a transitional redesign, source traditional furniture pieces, and compliment them with modern accents. In this Gramercy co-op, we paired abstract wall art and geometric vases with more stately furniture pieces, for the perfect transitional design scheme. 

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