Traditional vs. Transitional Kitchen and Baths

by Laura Casey Interiors on May 11, 2016

I try to identify what style of interiors my clients are drawn to as a starting point for their design. Their preference for traditional, transitional, or contemporary/modern dictates the forms and materiality that I use in a room. While modern interiors are easily identifiable, I am often asked what is the difference between traditional and transitional? Below are images of traditional and transitional kitchen and baths to help me explain the two distinct styles.

 

Traditional interiors use classic principles of design, such as symmetry, to set the mood. Architectural details such as molding are more intricate. Neutral, nature inspired colors contrast natural wood elements. Marble is often used in traditional kitchens and baths. Cabinet hardware is more decorative. Faucets and other plumbing hardware are curved.

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How pretty are these blue cabinets?

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The use of marble tile as a backsplash gives the room a traditional feel. 

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Brass contrasts natural wood in this glamorous, traditional kitchen. 

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Accessories like traditional candlesticks reiterate the style. 

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I love the symmetry of the his/her sinks.

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Marble lines the floor and walls of the shower. 

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Michael S. Smith designed this traditional bathroom. 

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A light and airy, traditional bath.

Transitional interiors can be described as clean and timeless. It takes elements from both traditional design and modern design to create an updated, tailored look. There is no excessive molding in transitional interiors; many transitional kitchen and baths have shaker or glass cabinet doors. The cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures are more rectilinear.

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This transitional kitchen uses a traditional material like marble and applies it in a modern way – on the side of the island. 

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Brass is back in this transitional kitchen.

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The mixture of a formal, brass/glass chandelier and natural roman shades makes this kitchen transitional. 

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French bistro chairs contrast the white cabinets.

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An eclectic lighting fixture hangs over the tub. 

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The cabinet pulls are very rectilinear. 

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Clean lines, no molding on this vanity. 

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Ingenious built-in finger pulls on these flat panel drawers. 

So do you have a preference? Traditional or transitional?

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Monday Fun

by Laura Casey Interiors on April 25, 2016

I love to see a room with some fun, unexpected elements. Bold, unique art is a good way to make a space pop.

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Interesting color combinations and light fixtures help to differentiate a space. I have written about grey + yellow before (yellow with grey or gray). The yellow stools help to accentuate the kitchen and connect to light fixture.

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 Nothing quite like a sputnik light fixture to give an energetic hello.

Sometimes it’s fun to look at spaces that are completely different and offbeat…

The Queen + the hand chair + the coffee table + a dispersion of hot pink.

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I hope your Monday has some fun to it!

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Mint Symposium with Nathan Turner

by Laura Casey Interiors on April 20, 2016

Today I had the pleasure of hearing Nathan Turner speak at the annual Mint Museum Symposium luncheon. The presentation was a complete look at his career and his participation in the TV series Million Dollar Decorators on Bravo. His attitude was fresh, fun and easy going. He was relaxed and he had the audience laughing often, which was the best part. While his style is more bohemian, California casual and eclectic than mine, I loved his happy go lucky personality. It was exactly what I needed mid-week, plus he has a black lab named Nacho so what’s not to love?!

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 For a whimiscal California take on Ralph Lauren Americana style check out his book American Style

He’s got some great recipes and fun table top ideas too!

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FYI CLT: Eddie Ross @ Mrs. Howard & Metrolina

by Laura Casey Interiors on March 26, 2016

Eddie Ross is a talented style editor who has worked for Martha Stewart, House Beautiful magazine and currently is at Better Homes and Gardens. He has recently published a great book called Modern Mix, which shows how to mix high and low furniture pieces and incorporate vintage tableware and accessories.

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Eddie will be signing copies of his new book Modern Mix at Mrs. Howard in Charlotte this coming Thursday, March 31st between 6-8 pm. On Friday, April 1st he will be shopping with a group at Metrolina. It’s fun and interesting to learn what Eddie knows about antiques, linens, vintage books and china. If you are interested in attending either go to his website by clicking here to sign up.

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Hope to see you there!

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Guest Post on Brika

by Laura Casey Interiors on March 22, 2016

This week I am a guest blog writer for Brika. Brika is an online community which helps connect talented artisans and consumers. They offer high-quality, beautiful, and unique goods. As an interior designer, I’m constantly looking for well-crafted products for my clients, and Brika has a great selection.

 

5 foolproof ways to maximize a small living space

 

1 – Color

Color can be used to transform the feeling of a space. Psychologically, darker colors evoke compression while lighter colors make a room feel open and airy. I often opt for light neutrals when picking a color scheme for a smaller space, like in this powder room I designed for a client.

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2 – Scale

Choosing an appropriate scale for furniture, lighting, artwork and accessories is extremely important. I prefer table lamps, which are not overbearing. If a table lamp is too big for the space, it makes everything else in the room feel smaller in comparison. I suggest keeping table lamps under 30” high, unless you are decorating a great room big enough to handle a larger scale. I love the scale of the table lamp in the room I designed below.

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3 – Mirrors

Another really good trick to making a space feel more expansive is to use mirrors to trick the eye. Incorporate mirrors in an unexpected ways in your design, like in this family room I designed for a client. I used antiqued mirror inlays instead of a traditional back splash for the bar.

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4 – Storage

What is one way to make a space feel instantly smaller? Clutter. Eliminate clutter and you make a room feel more spacious and organized. I love these white and blue Scandanavian Barent Boxes available through BRIKA. They’re perfect for storing miscellaneous items and are cute enough to be displayed, but small enough that they could fit underneath a bed if need be.

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5 – Multi-use Design

Get creative with the functionality of your furniture. I designed this couch/murphy bed hybrid for a client that wanted to get the most out of an extra room in their basement. Custom furniture can helps you utilize every square inch of space.

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Thanks for reading! Check out really cute gifts ideas that  Brika has to offer by clicking here.

Photography: Chris Edwards for Laura Casey Interiors

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Ski Lodge Style

by Laura Casey Interiors on March 3, 2016

My family recently went skiing in Colorado, the mountains were beautiful and the snow was great. I was able to capture a gorgeous sunrise early one morning.

FullSizeRender 2Although I love the look of a more traditional mountain house,  Aerin Lauder’s house in Aspen takes a chic, modern approach.

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Colors such as dark green, brown and red are often incorporated into mountain homes.

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The use of stone, wood and natural materials are also important to give it a rustic feel.

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Wooden beams in the ceiling are also another key characteristic.

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I love feeling a connection to nature, these homes certainly do the trick!

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One Room, Two Ways

by Laura Casey Interiors on February 23, 2016

When designing for clients, I emphasize the importance of a well thought-out floor plan and color scheme. While color can transform a room, this space was designed with a more neutral palette. Even single decisions, like selecting a rug color, can have an impact on the overall feeling of a space. The first set of drawings showcase an elegant, light, neutral rug, which allows for the space to seem more open and airy.

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 The second set showcases a rich, dark brown rug, which makes the room more grounded and dynamic.

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What do you think? Do you have a preference?

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Pink is the New Black

by Laura Casey Interiors on February 14, 2016

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’m sharing a few of my favorite pink interiors. Its many shades are effortlessly chic and doesn’t have to be overly feminine. Depending on its use, it can add playfulness or drama to a space.

After all, “pink isn’t just a color, it’s an attitude”.

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Today I am wishing a happy 40th wedding anniversary to my parents. 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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