I'm working on a project at the moment that incorporates both traditional and midcentury modern styles. The overall look is transitional, or traditional with a modern twist. I love designing transitional interiors because they allow you to play with different styles — great for those of us with multiple design personalities! In this case, I'm combining a love of elegant and feminine furnishings in shades of pink and red, and a desire to update the space with modern and contemporary influences, all in an open-plan city apartment built in the 1940s.
To pull it together, I've created some repetition by looking for furnishings and accessories with similar colors, shapes and finishes. In this ideabook, I thought I'd round up some of the products that are inspiring the scheme. — Lucy from Four Walls and a Roof
The starting point is a statement piece that brings together the other elements of the room. This coral chair is perfect. It has a traditional shape with rounded arms and turned-wood legs, but it is updated with an eye-popping fabric.
One of these pillows in Kelly Wearstler's fabric would look amazing on the armchair. It's a fabric that works well in a transitional interior, as it's influenced by ikat textiles re-imagined in these gorgeous pink and apricot shades.
An alternative is to source vintage armchairs and have them reupholstered. I like the shape of these chairs. The tufted back and curved legs are traditional, but they still look comfortable and generously proportioned.
If the chairs are going to be a traditional shape, I would choose a simple contemporary sofa. The Ikea Klippan sofa in white is ideal because it's so affordable. I think of it as the interiors equivalent of a classic little black dress, best accessorized with vintage jewelry.
If you don't like the legs on the sofa, a great option is this set of legs made to fit Ikea furniture. They come in a variety of colors and a range of styles, including these midcentury tapered legs. If you fancy pink turned-wood legs on your white sofa, this is how to do it!
Classic upholstered dining chairs put comfort first and encourage post-dinner conversation. These are very affordable options, and I like the tailored shape, which works well with both traditional and modern accessories.
While chinoiserie is usually associated with traditional, even stately, interiors, a decal is a more modern way to incorporate pretty chinoiserie designs. I'd like to do this one in gold against a dark gray wall in the dining room.