Orange Coast Interior Design is known for creating luxurious, sophisticated and comfortable interiors. Lead by Founder and Principal Designer, Anita Jacobi, her innovative design approach is driven by unique inspirations such as vintage clothing, rugs, china, cities, and film. This unique perspective helps Anita to produce interiors that define contemporary living, while simultaneously evoking classic interior stylings.
The LuxPad asked Anita to draw upon her passion for the many forms of design and share with us her top tips for creating one of this year’s most coveted home décor styles, the Transitional interior look…
Keep it Clean
Simple lines paired with neutral palettes keep spaces fresh, clean and timeless. A room with too many prints, with layers of trims and complicated colour schemes, has the potential to either age quickly, or to become dated as it is lived in. Paring design down, on the other hand, lightens spaces up and allows you to introduce elements that speak to your lifestyle without getting “stuck” in any one time or period.
Respect the Lines
Creating a transitional space doesn’t mean everything has to be “flat!” Traditionally oriented curves turns and furnishing details can all be integrated into a design scheme that respects them, without being dated. For example, a classic Chesterfield sofa covered in a more modern textile alludes to tradition, but with a more contemporary flair!
The key to transitional spaces lies in creating a balance between elements in the space. The most effective way to create this delicate balance is to edit the furnishings, art, and accessories in such a way that there is no one style that overwhelms. Classically designed furnishings paired with modern art, for example, elevate a room greatly!
Play with Color
Nothing has the ability to impact design more than colour! Classic farmhouse tables in bright colours are perfect when you want to update a breakfast room, and lacquered cabinetry brings a modern touch to a master bathroom. In addition to bringing your personality to a space, it’s easier to change colours out as your mood changes without having to redo an entire room! Better yet, throw soft colour on a wall (we’re fond of Dunn Edward’s “So Chic”) and pair it with crisp whites to bring a modern twist to a classic palette!
Transitional spaces are often defined by their brightness. Colour palettes should be rooted in soft neutrals: think mixed ivories, creams, or pale greys. The colours allow the classic lines in furnishings to stand out while letting your modern accents shine brightly. Layering coloured accents on top of neutrals lets your personality shine, rather than overpowering it.
Once you have selected a soft colour scheme, chosen furnishings that echo classic lines and balanced the contents of your space, choose your finishing touches selectively. If you love classic camelback sofas, mix in modern art and put it all on top of a quiet rug. Inherited your Grandmother’s rather detailed, antique Persian rug? No problem: add some neutral more modern lines into the space with furnishings and let it shine! In addition to showcasing your personal style, the tension between old and new elements can bring drama and flair to life!