5 quick steps to change your traditional style home to a more transitional or contemporary look!

Tired of the traditonal style? Ready to change to a cleaner less formal look?  If you have dark furniture, consider recovering it, or replacing the loveseat with a pair of chairs. Notice the chairs are  up on legs, without a skirt, for an open spacious look.
After Above, Before Below
It’s not always necessary to replace furniture, often you can recover it, or update a rug or art for
a more transitional style, that is less formal or traditional.
Sofa AFTER in Gray Linen with chenille pillows
 BEFORE below

  1. Upgrade lamps – make sure the scale is large enough for your big room, & switch to today’s linen shades, (no bell shaped lamp shades)
  2. Switch to solid fabrics on large pieces, with punches of color in art & pillows. If you’re recovering, now is the time to make the change. 
  3. When possible, remove the skirt and have exposed wood legs. 
  4. If your busy print rug is worn, consider a sisal (which are very low in price) or a tone on tone rug that is not a busy print
  5. Last but not least – Artwork – if you update to cheerful large transitional art (to replace your very serious formal art) the entire mood of your home will change! People tell us they’re can’t get over the transformation. 
We used Linen for the sofa and chairs, with jacquard prints on the pillows only.

In summary, consider organic solids like linen and cotton, to replace formal fabrics. When possible, update art to a couple of large soothing landcapes or abstracts. In 5 easy steps your home will feel more contemporary, to bring in the new look that is not so traditional.

For more before/after photos and design tips for updating your home see these:


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