Okay everyone, you asked for home decor so I’m giving you more home decor! Today I’m sharing our transitional living room decor with you guys. Our living room is probably my favorite room in our house… although it’s easily the least occupied. Isn’t it funny how our favorite spaces tend to go untouched?
Our living room is not entirely finished (I just didn’t photograph the empty left side of the room ;)) but I don’t even care. I love how bright and open the room is. Plus, I feel like it hits on all parts of my style. It’s a little contemporary, a little shabby chic, a little rustic glam, but mostly transitional. I’m honestly not surprised that my interior design preferences tend to lean towards transitional styles because that seems to be style tastes in general. Transitional interior design is essentially just mixing traditional and modern styles. For me it, more specifically means, mixing opposing styles.
And, when it comes to fashion, I’m all about mixing whatever styles your heart desires, especially when the styles would typically oppose one another! That’s where the word savvy comes from. I don’t think we have to commit to one particular style… neither in our wardrobes or in our homes. It’s all about taking what makes your eyes happy and making it work. So let’s take a little peep at our living room! 🙂
Styling a Transitional Living Room
This kind of gives you an overall idea of what our living room looks like. It’s bright, crisp yet airy, and rustic yet chic. It’s also neutral which makes it super easy to rearrange your decor every now and again as well as add in seasonal splashes of color! I love that the small splashes of color in our living room come from plants because it makes it super organic and not at all forced. All of our plants are real except for the flower arrangement on the coffee table. And, also per request, I’ll be sharing a blog post on my house plants sometime soon as well. 😉
Go for Extremes
The first step to styling a transitional living room is to go for extremes. Decide on whatever styles you like and commit to going full force with them. I really like chic and glam decor so I picked a little corner of the room to be the glitzy glam corner. I styled glamorous mirrored end tables with a mercury glass lamp and glittery spheres.
Likewise, I also really like rustic and farmhouse inspired decor so I took an open area and made it a little more rustic and cozy feeling. If you couldn’t tell, this piece of furniture is actually a dog crate. My insanely talented brother made it for us. It was a pretty penny but well worth it because it’s beautiful, Aspen has so much space in it and I think of my brother every time I look at it. 🙂
Anyways… went on a tangent there. The crate is definitely on the more rustic side so we added a cute little puppy sign so everyone would know who’s piece of furniture it was (;)) along with a mini lamp that also played on the rustic feels. Charlie found the sign and the lamp, can you believe it?! We added another plant in a matte planter that made things feel a little farmhouse-y. Again, the opposite of glam and glitzy.
Tie it Together
Now… as much as I love chic and glam decor, too much of it stresses me out. It makes me feel like I shouldn’t touch anything in the room, ya know? On the other hand, I also love rustic and farmhouse style decor but too much of that makes me feel like I’m constantly overdressed. They do say there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing…
This is obviously just my personal preference but I like to offset overwhelm from any one particular style by tying them together. We have a little corner of the room that’s chic and glam and we have a little nook that’s mostly rustic and farmhouse inspired. Now you have to tie them together by mixing the two styles together in some areas.
The coffee table was the primary place that I mixed the styles together and, more often than not, is going to be the optimal place to do so because it’s typically the center of the room. We have a rustic little coffee table that I decided to put a shiny and contemporary mirror and flower vase on. I also added a mercury glass candle, some photo albums, and our wooden scrabble game so that there was a nice ratio of shine to wood.
This little corner of the room was another area that I decided to do a little style mixing because it’s right next to the kitchen which has more of a farmhouse style to it. I mean, our dining room table and chairs literally have “French Farmhouse” in their name. So this corner was a great way to slowly filter in some of the shinier items by putting the other mirrored end table next to a rustic wooden floor lamp. There’s a gold and contemporary planter and candle on the end table but there’s also a wooden picture frame. See how the mixing is happening?
This little area is what you see if you’re sitting on the couch. It’s our TV over a little entryway cabinet that sits right between our two stairwells. The cabinet is the perfect glue for the entire room because, again, it’s a great filter from the living room to the dining room and kitchen and it’s literally a mixture of rustic and glam all on its own with the rustic wood and mirrored cabinets. I topped it with my aloe plant for a splash of color on that side of the room (although he’s about to outgrow the space!), two silver candy dishes and our little wooden initials. Charlie also picked these out… as a decoration for our wedding. To this day they make me smile! 🙂
SOFA | COFFEE TABLE | MIRRORED END TABLES | FLOOR LAMP | THROW | GOLD THROW PILLOWS | SILVER THROW PILLOWS | MIRROR TRAY, similar here | WALL DECOR, similar here | WALL ART, similar here | RUG | GOLD PLANTER, similar here and here | ENTRY WAY TABLE
There ya have it, 2 really simple steps to styling a transitional living room and mixing different styles. I hope you guys enjoyed this home decor post! As I mentioned, I’ll be sharing my house plants sometime soon but please let me know if there are any specific home decor topics you’d like me to touch on! Thanks so much for reading today you guys!