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Get the Look: The Past and Future Flair of Transitional Living Rooms

The transitional room: an up-and-coming trend and, in my opinion, a boon to the home decor world. It is a style that gets you the best of both worlds, drawing inspiration from both traditional influences and more modern or contemporary styles. When I first discovered this was a significant, respectable trend, I breathed a sigh of relief. In general I struggle with choosing and sticking to any one era or influence when I’m decorating. Architects and other design professionals may have the skill and attention span to go the full nine yards, but for the majority of us, we mix and match. A style meant to balance the old and the new is perfect.

Uttermost Furniture is a great go-to choice when you’re looking to furnish a transitional style room. They have so many great choices that run from traditional, to modern, to everywhere in between, drawing inspiration from the past and the future to help class up your present.

Leveni Wooden Coffee Table 24459 by Uttermost
Leveni Wooden Coffee Table 24459 by Uttermost

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Although transitional living rooms may come across as a free-for-all, there are still some rules you will want to follow when choosing furniture and accent pieces. At the very least, some guidelines. It’s worthwhile to have some sort of theme in mind, otherwise ‘freedom’ can change quickly to ‘a bewildering mess’. To achieve the look in the above photo, the designer has stuck mostly to neutral tones–creams and grays and browns. They’ve made use of tarnished metal and weathered wood, but paired it with a Noguchi-style coffee table, reminiscent of midcentury modern decor, and the low, clean lines of a contemporary sofa.

Discs Silver Shadow Box 04058 by Uttermost
Discs Silver Shadow Box 04058 by Uttermost

Now, this look is an example of what I really like about going transitional. The old and the new blend so well here. The tufted couch is a traditional sofa style, while the coffee table completely enclosed in glass is more contemporary. But what I think really makes this room are the accents. Uttermost has a great collection of unusual decor accents, from figurines, to wall art, to small statuary. These metal ornaments–in particular the light fixtures–manage to be both vintage and futuristic at the same time. The bare bulbs, the different shades of metal, the spherical shapes, all speak to an industrious past, but also a sleek look into the future. The fact that they are light sources makes them even more versatile.

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Uttermost has all sorts of interesting figurines and knick-knacks to kick up your decor.
Uttermost has all sorts of interesting figurines and knick-knacks to kick up your decor.

If you want to add a little spice to your motif, colored bottles would be a cool and on-trend choice. I’m loving the neutral look Uttermost has going in this gallery, but without a couple splashes of color here and there, that aesthetic can quickly go from elegant to drab. Bottles are great for a transitional room, since they are low-cost, easy to reposition and–depending on the label and shape–can recall different time periods.

A high-quality sofa is the ultimate centerpiece to any living room.
A high-quality sofa is the ultimate centerpiece to any living room.

There are countless tricks you can use to ‘transition’ your decor toward a more transitional aesthetic, and they aren’t limited to┬áthe furniture and accents you choose. You can utilize the simplicity of contemporary styles, the symmetry of traditional, the gilt and pomp of vintage trends, the cool tones of modern. Finding harmony and the perfect balance for your own life is what this style is all about. Uttermost makes this easy with their great selection of vintage-inspired pieces and clean, simple lines.

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