Traditional, New Traditional, and Transitional…Is there a difference?

Decorating is an extension of ourselves. It’s how we feel comfortable, it’s how we function, it compliments are family lifestyles. Because of that, we need to be able to interpret to our decorators, designers and trade what style we are trying to execute. Styles continue to morph and new styles, as well as new versions of old styles, are made to keep up with our changing world.

Traditional is a tried and true style. It varies from decade to decade but the constant is the sophistication, the formal
ity, dark stains, and warm colors. Millwork, and turned legs

IMG_1467are usually part of the Traditional look. Traditional is like a tuxedo through out the ages. It’s forever formal, but slight changes in the uniform evolve depending on the era.

New Traditional (contradictory isn’t it? LOL! ) is another term we added so we can better distinguish what we are trying toexecute. New traditional still incorporates a lot millwork, such as wainscot, board and batten, and crown molding to the room just like Traditional. But the millwork for NIMG_3760_previewew Traditional  will probably be painted white or another trendy color. New Traditional is also less formal, dare I say casual? It’s meant for today’s busy family. Warm colors, rollover arms, slip covers, and painted furniture  are part of the the New Traditional  look. All the shapes from traditional are still part of the New Traditional  concept, just in
amore casual atmosphere.IMG_3782_preview






Transitional is very common term these days. It follows New Traditional  in the way that it’s a more casual, family friendly environment and has many of the same traditional lines. However, what differentiates New Traditional withTransitional is that with Transitional, you use mediums and finishes that fall into the contemporary and modern styles. For example, have you seen ascalloped edge wine table with a turned pedestal leg in  a traditional setting? Well in a transitional setting, you would see that same table but done in a metal finish. Walk through


any HomeGoods and you’ll know what I mean. Or consoles that would be traditionally done in wood, are done in metal, or lucite or glass. Transitional decor is eclectic, and seamlessly transitions f

rom traditional to contemporary/modern in the same room.


Transitional style architecture homes  are contemporary versions of traditional architecture. A homeowner may move into a transitional style home and have a contemporary decorating flair, and it will work. The next homeowner for the same home may have a very traditional flair, and it will still work.


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