The Start of Something New

January 20, 2014
I’ve talked a lot in this blog how it is impossible to stay in the same spot (no matter how much we wish we could). We just can’t stop change. Our lives change, our clothing changes, our hair color changes, our eye sight changes and our taste changes. So, why shouldn’t the interiors of our home change ever so often?

Lots of us (including me) chose a more traditional palette several years back and are now ready for something a little different. As a matter of fact, one of the most popular questions we get asked at the home store is how to update a traditionally styled home. The good news? Going from a traditional home to a transitional one is a natural direction and does not have to mean starting all over!

Kelli, Stacie and I have decided to start a blog series on simple ways to update a traditional home into a transitional home, one small step at a time.

So just what is this style called transitional?

A transitional home in the world of interior design simply refers to the blending of traditional lines with contemporary styles. It incorporates a mix of traditional and contemporary furniture pieces, finishes, materials and fabrics, and relies on a clean, minimalist or neutral color palette. Through its focus on less ornate lines, a neutral color scheme, and the use of light and warmth, a transitional style joins the best of both worlds.

Take a look at this room we have created on the floor at K. Renee Home…


This lovely room features the Delano Sofa (so sophisticated and comfortable) upholstered in a plush and comfortable grey fabric. You can see that we’ve incorporated a mix of modern (rug, swivel chairs, cocktail table, ottoman, pillows & accessories) with the more traditional (mirrors, lighting, sofa, bench).


This transitional room would look right at home in even the most traditional setting!

So you’ve decided that it might be time for something new? Where do you begin? Just like in fine dining, it helps to start by cleansing your palette. And in our world, you do that by painting the important rooms in your home.

The color palette that we recommend focuses on neutrals like gray, taupe, tan and shades of white. Why do we like these choices for your home? Because they are not only subtle and stylish, they are also warm, restful, soothing and at the same time clean and energizing.


Stacie spent some time today pulling together our list of favorites options…

Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029

Gray: Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray SW 7029 is a lighter gray that lands somewhere between a true gray and a taupe. It’s a modern color that goes beautiful with those dramatic bluer grays. We have used many gray shades over the last two years and this one is always true to its name… very agreeable! This is the paint color that I used in my home and I LOVE IT!

Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter HC-172


Greige: A made-up color, but important enough to mention because we love it! A soft gray with beige undertones that is a perfect complement to most white marbles. It’s a great solution for those who feel gray is too cold. We recommend Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter HC-172 for an outstanding Greige.

Sherwin-Williams’ Accessible Beige SW7036

Beige: A basic beige is a must-have for our paint arsenal. We love beige all through the house punctuated with soft color and other neutrals. Loved for its versatility, beige is also a great choice as a backdrop for an art collection. We recommend Sherwin-Williams’ Accessible Beige SW7036.

Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak OC-20

Taupe: Reminiscent of the majestic white oak, Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak OC-20 is part of Candice Olson’s Designer Picks collection and another one of our favorites!

Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White OC-95

White: One of the most asked-about colors for cabinets and trim. Undertones in white paint are important and can really shift a palette. Our favorite pure white is White Dove OC-17, by Benjamin Moore. This white, is gorgeous, crisp with no undertones. I used this color to paint my trim and wood in my home.

Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White OC-95

Off White: Benjamin Moore’s Navajo White OC-95, is part of the Off-White Color collection. Inherently sophisticated and endlessly versatile, the Off-White collection offers subtle nuances of whites that suit tranquil, serene environments as well as creates color-enhancing accents for dynamic spaces.

I promise you that just painting alone will give you a fresh start and a new outlook on your home! There is just something uplifting about it!

Don’t hesitate to stop at the store and get an opinion if you want one. We are always ready, willing and able to offer you our thoughts and suggestions.

Until next week, with the next steps…