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A Look At Popular Design Trends: Transitional Design

Posted on Friday, July 29, 2011

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We are often asked about design trends from both buyers and sellers.  Buyers want to know what the cost of renovation may be, and factor in current styles.  Sellers think about updating to match the market before listing.  We asked Chris Hylemon of Hylemon Cabinetry to speak to a popular concept: transitional design.

Chris let us know transitional design has become an everyday term in the design industry.  In short, it is the blending of Contemporary and Traditional styles.  It takes the best of both worlds to create an uncluttered, refined, yet warm and inviting space.  There is a reason that this style has become so popular.   Advances in technology have fortunately, or sometimes unfortunately, allowed the average person to be much more productive, stimulated, and accessible on a daily basis than ever before.  Because of this “always on the go” mentality, people desire a serene, and comfortable home environment where your body and mind can be allowed to rest.  Transitional interiors easily offer this respite in a more neutral and unadorned interior that highlights the use of simple-lined, warm wood tones for added visual depth, interest, and warmth.  Built-ins, cabinetry, and wood furniture can be either stained or painted and are often a combination of both.  Fabrics and upholstery items are typically more subtle in color and gender neutral, but do include different weaves or textures for added interest.  One reason this style has become popular in the Naples area is that the interiors appeal to many different generations of clients from a wide variety of geographical backgrounds.  Transitional design has been popular in the design industry for years, but just lately has become more prevalent in the local real estate market.

A transitional styled home, or model, offers a prospective homebuyer a leg-up on its competition. The typically white-walled and design void offering, while being a clean slate, may come off initially to the prospective buyer as a bigger time and monetary investment.   For prospective homebuyers, a transitional background is easy to visualize their items and personal collections.  It becomes move-in ready and is just that…a space that they can easily transition to their own.

Contact Chris directly for a one on one session regarding transitional design:

Chris Hylemon

Hyland Custom Cabinetry

1458 Rail Head Blvd.

Naples, FL 34110

Tel:  239.598.1604

Look for more postings from Chris as we ask him more about renovation and design trends.