Transitional decoration is without question the most common preference for interior design. Knowingly or not, most people end up with a transitional décor by just mixing contemporary and traditional interior elements that they like. Traditional rugs, contemporary furniture, minimalist walls, curvy chandeliers… A good mix of different styles can create a great transitional décor. Of couse there is also the intentional transitional design where the designer intentionally selects every single detail to create the most harmonious transitional interior.
When it comes to lighting, transitional design is a style of its own, spanning from chandeliers with simple yet gracious arms to drum pendants with warm fabrics and finishes. When defining what is and what isn’t a transitional light fixture, we must understand what transitional design stands for. If we have to pick one element that defines transitional decoration, it would be the color. With color, we mean the fabric color, the metal finish, the wallpaper and so on. Transitional means natural colors: Beige, brown, bronze, silver, gold, etc. In lighting, this translates to two things: The frame finish, and the fabric where applicable.
For the frame finish, we can see transitional lights mostly having silver, satin nickel, brushed gold, and bronze variations. In light fixtures with fabric drums, we see a lot of earth colors in use such as beige, taupe, and shades of brown. These color choices naturally crate a warm and inviting atmosphere, which is the trademark of a transitional interior. Furthermore, most transitional light fixtures provide indirect lighting that further strengthens the cozy feeling one gets when spending time in the interior area.
In ceiling lighting, large drum pendants, island lights, mini pendants with shades, inverted pendants, and chandeliers with shades are common choices for transitional décor.
Another way to have the desired soft lighting in transitional homes is to use fixtures with colored glass shades or alabaster. Alabaster is especially a favorite material for this type of decoration. It is a natural stone, and it contains earth colors.
We see the use of frosted and colored glass mostly in mini pendants for kitchens. Colored glass and frosted glass shades are very popular and they hit the right note of being contemporary yet warm enough to be used in a transitional kitchen. These pendants can be used in singles, or as a group depending on the size and style of the kitchen.
In office spaces, the color palette is usually a little bit different than a home setting. More formal and sharp colors take the place of earth tones that are often used in transitional homes. Shades of gray, blue and green are common preferences. For lighting, Drum pendants and classic designs for desk lamps are common.
Just like in a home setting, a transitional office design must also be inviting with soft, indirect lighting. Therefore, drum pendants are ideal for office ceiling lights. Other than pendants, rail lights can be a great fit if the spot lights on the rails are directed towards the walls, perhaps onto some artwork. Although track lights provide direct lighting, one can soften it by not directing the light sources straight down or onto working spaces. Pastel walls can further soften this kind of lighting and help maintain the balance of the light sources.
The use of minimalistic desk lights is common in contemporary design, but It is important to remember that desk lights can be a significant part of the decoration in a transitional setting. Therefore, one should not shy away to go for a more intricate design for desk lamps.
If the office is large enough, a transitional floor lamp can be used for the visitor area. It is important to remember that what matters is the overall look. When selecting lighting, furniture, wallpaper and other elements, one should always consider how they will interact with each other in the same area.