Transitional themed homes can be roughly described as the unusual art of bringing together two contrasting forms of design — contemporary and traditional — in a unique, consistent setting. As such houses look unusual, high net-worth individuals (HNI), are taking to it.
Over the past few years, transition décor homes are slowly, but surely making their mark across India. In Tier-I cities and their peripheral areas where high-end residential projects are usually seen, transitional themed homes have found much needed appreciation.
The design philosophy
The eccentric design is intended to display its individual and distinct character. There is a unified blend of the dweller and the interior designer’s vision. The entire concept lies in extracting inspirations and elements to create abstract designs by improvising them to develop an individual style.
The quest of these themed houses is to create spaces that radiate a blend of international design aesthetic and functionality while catering to native demands. The confluence of cross over design is at its forefront. Designers develop these houses into an ecosystem with turnkey services. As occupants are mostly HNIs like businessmen, doctors, jewellers, retailers, etc., designers research carefully and deliver a perfect transitional themed home.
In these themed houses, interior designers play a central role. Their goal is to create spaces that reflect the dweller’s personality while maintaining the inherent aesthetics of the designer in each project.
Transitional themed homes are carving out a nice path in design evolution with a growing demand to unveil projects that impeccably balance modern elements with traditional aesthetics.
The colour palette is usually neutral and subtle. Basically, the procedure involves extracting inspirations to create abstract designs. Designers give them a twist to develop an individual style. The styles and themes are more adaptive to its surroundings. Traditional and modern structures may have distinct features that define them. Transitional themes strike the perfect balance between two. This aspect of transitional themed houses can be obtained by combining finishes and details of both these distinct styles of design and architecture.
Creating the right synergy while combining two styles together is a challenging task. It requires lots of patience to remove any imbalance or disorder. This is no small achievement because of the high degree of mixing it involves. As a trend, combining modern design with traditional elements go well with occupants because one can relish the best of both without any noticeable bias in favour of a particular style. The perfect transitional themed house would be a range of art and customised elements placed in a modern space.
In any common house project, the design is a result of multiple interacting elements, but with transitional themes, it is more of the interaction of multiple styles. The degree of fusion of elements pretty high. Harmony and balance are visual pleasures that are much in demand. But to achieve balance, there has to be interaction and a blend.
Earlier, it started with fashion where interior designers only focused on developing Indo-western projects, helping dwellers to live the contemporary style in consonance with cultural elegance. Blending of styles is as old as India itself – and that says a lot. Transitional decor is not only amalgamation of styles, but also a transition from one era to another in harmony. The sole purpose is to achieve balance, combining contrasts to appreciate human psychology.
How to balance two contrasting forms
To represent transition between art deco modern styles, a popular colour palette can be combined with antique era elements like defined arches, pillars and cutwork mirrors that can outline the decor into a style that is contemporary and relevant. If somebody is going with vague or hazy décor, then pick subdued tones on the walls. Alternatively, if the dweller is drawn towards accent walls covered in bold wallpapers or hand painted walls, keep the furniture & decor to bare minimum. It is better to retain the calm and comfort of a room by limiting the use of furniture to bare minimum.
Generally, the cost of these transition décor homes starts with Rs 7,000 per sq ft to Rs 10,000, Rs 15,000 and even up to Rs 20,000 per sq ft. The total cost of these houses are in the range of Rs 3 crore to Rs 10 crore. Some very high-end homes may cost even up to Rs 20 crore.
Transitional themed houses are an attempt to re-imagine natural and uncomplicated interiors with softer detailing and finishes. It gives design essentially fluid properties that allow interchange of materials and colours in harmony or in contrast.