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Modern, Transitional, or Casual Style: A Closer Look

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When it comes to interior design, there are as many individual styles as there are personalities — endless possibilities! As a basic rule, however, many of the design aesthetics we’re currently seeing fall into three categories: modern, transitional or casual styles. Wondering which style to select for your Rowe custom furniture? Modern mavens who love angular design and gallery-inspired artwork are often drawn to geometric silhouettes like our Brady Sofa or Bergen Chair, while lovers of transitional design prefer the traditional details of our Angelica Chair or Margot Sofa. For casual style fanatics, nothing is more comfortable than the generous proportions of our Derby Slipcover Sectional Sofa or the ease of the Sylvie Slipcover Chair. So, which design aesthetic will it be? Let’s take a deeper dive into each of these styles, along with gorgeous examples of each from interior designers.

Modern Style

Modern style is often defined by strong horizontal and vertical lines, and a very angular room layout. Long, low pieces like sectionals or square-contoured chairs are perfect choices for modern spaces. The contemporary look tends more toward the minimalist end of the spectrum, beginning with a clean palette of neutrals or a blank slate of white on white. High contrast style that brings in accents of black or deep, dark colors creates a structured look. Minimalism doesn’t necessarily mean cold and empty, however, and there is often plenty of room for very curated accessories, splashy contemporary artwork, pops of bright color and even a sense of whimsy.  

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A clean white palette sets the tone for this living space by designer Leslie Price of Price Style and Design, framing the warm-toned color accents like a perfectly matted piece of gallery artwork. “The Sylvie Sofa has a modern sensibility and can work in any space,” says Leslie, who adds, “…and, it is super comfortable!” The angular grace of our versatile Sylvie Bench Cushion Sofa is a perfect match for this clean, modern aesthetic, softened slightly by the addition of two luxurious throw pillows. We love the interplay of color between the contemporary art, glass vessels and pillows, perfectly uniting this chic space. 

“I find modern style inspiration by mixing vibrant art pieces with soft neutral furnishings that have unique details.” ~ Leslie Price

Design: @pricestyleanddesign

High contrast style defines this hip modern space by Meg Piercy of MegMade. We love our Nash Swivel Chair in a wide black & white buffalo check, framed by a stark background of deep navy and crisp white. Punches of high impact fuschia and orange bring this look to vivid life, and a touch of pink winding its way across the Honest Abe-themed wallpaper adds just a touch of cheeky modern humor.

Design: @megmade

Transitional Style

Transitional design blends traditional and contemporary style in a perfect marriage of relaxed sophistication. Furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics are all chosen with a timeless, classic style in mind, and may feature traditional accents like elegant patterns, polished wood and leather balanced with a sense of modern minimalism. A subdued palette of neutrals and soft colors often helps keep traditional patterns and furniture silhouettes from becoming heavy or overwhelming. Perhaps more than any other style, transitional style displays a designer’s ability to create brilliant, balanced combinations of traditional details, contemporary artwork and even the occasional antique piece.

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This transitional seating area by designer Karista Hannah of Set the Stage Interior Design blends cool and warm greys in a soothing, sunlit space. A pair of Times Square Chairs provides a modern, clean-lined focal point, and the delicate lattice designs are aesthetically balanced with a large piece of textured contemporary artwork. For the designer’s client, whose taste had changed from a more traditional look, this space represents the perfect style evolution.

“This particular client was transitioning from a very traditional style into something cleaner, so these chairs were just perfect for her. The patterns are soft and very transitional. Also, the light that filtered in that room was just amazing!”  ~ Karista Hannah

Traditional design elements seem to define this transitional lounge space by Liv Tiblier of Mead Design, from the board and batten wall treatment and dramatic floor-length drapery to the iron chandelier and carved wood elements. But look closer and you’ll find the designer has balanced these Old World elements with a coastal palette of crisp white and ocean blue, along with the effortlessly modern style of four Robin Bruce Kara Swivel Chairs. “What I love about this space is that the color palette is repetitive but doesn’t feel like [just] a blue and white room,” says Liv, adding “it feels warm and inviting and layered with dimension and texture.” This look celebrates traditional design through a fresh contemporary lens that keeps things light.

“I am inspired to design in a transitional way because I love my designs to feel good, universally. There is something about clean lines and soft fabrics that make everyone feel good. Transitional design allows your eyes to rest while still taking in a thoughtful, layered design.” ~ Liv Tiblier

Casual Style

Casual interior design is obviously the most laid back style of these three, but this doesn’t mean it’s an easy look to achieve. A good designer blends comfort and style to create spaces that are soft and inviting, but also chic and never sloppy. Since symmetry is a hallmark of more formal design, casual style is often balanced but slightly asymmetrical, suggesting an easygoing attitude. Overscale lounge furniture fits perfectly with this style, along with functional pieces like upholstered ottomans that invite guests to put their feet up and relax. The overall focus is on soft textures and layers rather than structure and shine, for a look that’s easy & livable. 

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This seating area by designer Molly Carter of Molly Erin Designs uses our Brady Sectional Sofa as the focal point of this relaxed, casual space. The bench seat cushion invites guests to rest and relax — maybe even pick up that guitar and strum a few chords? Diagonal lines are a great way to lay out a more casual style, so we’re loving the perfect placement of that rug. Finally, the warm, vintage-inspired palette pulls this boho space together effortlessly.

Photo: @nicolediannephoto

Designer Carolyn Loub of Carolyn + Co. Interiors used the Robin Bruce Marleigh Sofa to create a casual space that’s comfortable enough for everyday living, yet still stylish. “As a mom of four boys (and two dogs),” she says, “I appreciate the need for family-friendly spaces, where everyone can feel welcome and relaxed.” We think the fresh, floral-inspired pastel palette strikes just the right tone, while the pillows & throw draped on the sofa emphasize its welcoming contours.  

“For this family room space, I really wanted a sofa that had a timeless, casual vibe. The Marleigh’s modern twist on a classic English roll arm sofa was the perfect fit. It has just the right depth for curling up with a book or watching movies.” ~ Carolyn Loub




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Casual interior design style makes a room feel warm, comfortable, and inviting. It contains simple details, relaxing horizontal lines instead of vertical lines, and layouts which are not symmetrical. 

Casual design style can be easily mixed with other design styles such as country and rustic. Many home owners prefer it because it is visually appealing, functional, comfortable, and easy to maintain. It is the opposite of the formal design style

Here are some of the elements used in the casual design style:

Recognizing the elements of the casual interior design style in the living room pictured below:

This living room has many elements that characterize a casual design room style. The furniture used is oversized, functional, and looks comfortable. The sofas are made of a beige fabric with simple detailing. The sofas and coffee table are arranged in a casual manner (horizontal lines are preferred over vertical lines) creating a comfortable relaxed mood. The room has a neutral color scheme with simple accessories to convey an inviting atmosphere. The flooring, wall colors, and drapery are all shades of brown and light beige.  

For more information on interior design styles read my previous articles Interior Design Styles and Mixing Styles in Interior Design.

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Published on 24. 11.2014

Casual style (casual, in English - casual, casual, casual) interior design is an informal, dynamic style in a modern, free style.

Such interiors are relaxing, thanks to the atmosphere of coziness and comfort, and set in an informal way. Casual in the interior is an example of freedom, convenience, immediacy and versatility. The main principles of casual style are democracy, looseness, lack of restrictions and extra brilliance, the ability to combine the incongruous. The interior in casual style does not imply following any generally accepted canons. The practical lightness of casual style has long been popular with those people who like comfort at the same time as style. The careless beauty of the interiors of typical city apartments with a slight touch of luxury, this is exactly what interior design in a fashionable style looks like today.

Living rooms that look sophisticated and beautiful are most often decorated in casual style. There is no place for meaningless embellishments, no place for glamour, only practical design and stylish flowing lines. In this style, all interior items are multifunctional and have their own meaning. Restrained and practical forms, everyday life and simplicity should be embodied in high quality.

The possibility of neglecting established requirements and formats distinguishes casual style interiors from a whole range of other interior style solutions. The ability to combine items that you hold dear and like opens up great possibilities for designers and owners of apartments and houses in the field of interior design, making the interior individual.

Style highlights:

Comfort comes first here. The direction focuses on convenience, comfort, and not on the decorative component. However, the interior looks very stylish.

Furniture and accessories convey a cozy and welcoming atmosphere.

All interior items are comfortable and functional at the same time.

Many house and apartment owners prefer an informal casual interior style as it is not only visually appealing but also easy to maintain in the interior.

Furniture in the interior is soft and comfortable, tends to be large. Raw (lightly stained) hardwoods such as pine and oak are used for the manufacture. Antique furniture with a lightly worn surface is a good choice. Candlesticks will also not be superfluous in such an interior. Instead of a carpet, it is better to lay a woven carpet in ethnic style on the floor.

Horizontal lines are preferred over vertical lines as they allow the eye to rest, creating a more relaxed atmosphere.

Informal interiors can be done in almost any color scheme, but neutral tones such as brown and beige are the most commonly used.

Natural fabrics and upholstery have a simple texture.

Casual style usually replaces symmetrical layouts with more informal asymmetrical layouts.

In the workplace, this is the right distribution of space.

The casual kitchen uses wood. Plastic can also be used, which is complemented by striped or checkered, floral curtains, a tablecloth. Possible details - bowls, lace, banks.

Accessories. Any thing in the house becomes a decorative accessory to the interior in a casual style. Simple details, textured elements, vintage, hand-made accessories, pillows, books, boxes, souvenirs, antiques. Casual style has something in common with contemporary, but casual is more personalized and beautiful. You can equally use both old, dear to you things, and new things made according to modern sketches.

In a contemporary interior, casual style represents the owner's way of thinking and living. At the same time, this direction in interior design is chosen by those who appreciate convenience, functionality, practicality and do not tolerate unnecessary frills.

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Casual style in the interior - features and characteristics of interior design casual - EDEN

What is casual?

Simple and light casual style in the interior design of a house or apartment is individuality, comfort and convenience. Casual style in the interior means a lot of free space, comfort, casual elegance and beauty of rooms decorated with taste and retaining individuality.

Casual style interior has the main characteristics:

• natural materials and fabrics;

•combination of sophisticated chic with simplicity. This design is not characterized by pretentiousness, pomposity and flamboyance;

• pastel colors. Basic colors - beige, white, sand, mint, gray, light pink, gold. It is permissible to place small accents interspersed with black, dark red, purple, orange;

• interesting textures and textures. Pleasant to the touch and attractive textiles, as well as interesting finishes, play an important role in creating a casual interior;

• smooth lines and geometric shapes;

• The basis of this style is comfort, convenience, coziness and freedom. Casual style does not have strict restrictions and laws.

Casual interior - it's elegance, space and bright colors, freedom of expression and the absence of strict rules in the organization of space. It is ideal for those who appreciate style and comfort without restrictions and frills.

Casual Features:

Casual furniture with comfortable sofa, large bed, low table and wicker furniture. Softness, pleasant textures and a pastel palette combined with bright accents (plaid or decorative pillows). The most common material is wood.

Textiles should be natural and comfortable: pleasant to the touch, attractive, expensive. Long light curtains, upholstered furniture, a neat carpet, an interesting cover on a chair - all this is appropriate in a casual style interior. EDEN offers a wide range of furniture fabrics that will perfectly fit into your cozy interior.

Preference is given to natural materials (wood), artificial materials with high-quality imitation of natural texture will also be appropriate. Elements of forging, carving, weaving (straw, bamboo, rattan) are also very relevant.

Individuality and special charm in casual design is achieved with the help of decorative elements with the effect of aging (boxes, watches, etc. ), ceramic dishes, original paintings and photo frames, unusual vases or candlesticks, wrought iron hooks , interesting lighting.

Casual style in home interior design, office or hotel - expressive details, original organization of space, comfort and a combination of unusual decorative elements with a calm neutral background.

The origin of the casual style

Casual emerged as a response to the triumph of "traditional" interior design: an urban, ultra-modern style devoid of conventional comfort, overly pretentious and luxurious.

"Casual" literally means the same as in translation: "sloppy", "everyday", "unintentional". It's a lifestyle. Everyday design is about simplicity, convenience and unobtrusive elegance.

Where to wear casual style?

This style is almost universal. Anyone who appreciates comfort and a cozy homely atmosphere, as well as simplicity and elegance, can choose this style for their home.

A casual kitchen with expressive colors, wooden furniture and flooring, beautiful light-colored ceramic vases and crockery, wrought iron candlesticks and the smell of delicious homemade food.

Casual in the living room is usually embodied in a comfortable long sofa, comfortable chairs, original vases with fresh flowers or fruit platter, attractive and soft textiles.

Casual rooms are not overloaded with decorative elements. When you fill a space, it is important to maintain moderation and create a harmonious environment.

This style is not only suitable for home interiors.

The casual interior of the hotel is cozy and soft, which contributes to a relaxing and peaceful pastime. Many will like this interior, it does not cause dissonance or hostility, due to its versatility, simplicity and elegance.

Casual boutique interior design will help customers relax and feel comfortable. Casual is the freedom of creativity, attention to detail and the restrained beauty of simple and pleasant pieces of furniture and decorative interior elements.

Who would like a casual interior?

The design of the apartment in a casual style will appeal to everyone who prefers unobtrusive simplicity.

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