Transitional, fusion, modern farmhouse, contemporary traditional. Depending on who you talk to the blend of old and new can have several different names in the design and architect community. However, one thing is for certain, whatever you choose to term it, the mixing of old and new is a trend that is here to stay in the world of home design and décor.
Probuilder.com ranked Transitional Design as one of the 50 Most Desired Features of 2020. “People are looking at transitional design for style,” says Maria Stapperfenne, former president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. “They want to pay homage to traditional-style … but they like the cleanness and simplicity [of contemporary design].”
This desire manifests itself in all kinds of ways. It could be incorporating more contrast to the pallet of a home with a black and white theme on a farmhouse or colonial-styled house. It could be the use of a drum shade light fixture in lieu of a more classic chandelier or the use of a linear fireplace in an otherwise traditional room. Whether the transitional elements are large or small this blending of traditional and contemporary design is prevalent throughout home design.
Linear fireplaces are the perfect foray into this design trend. “A fireplace invokes feelings to warmth, family, tradition, and togetherness and therefore has a place in every type of design style, “ says Whitney Shehane, an interior designer for Stevens Custom Homes in Knoxville, TN. Homebuyers' overwhelming desire for the traditional nature of a fireplace and the sleek new lines of a linear gas or electric fireplace is the perfect melding of transitional design.