Candelaria Captures the Essence of Different Design Styles and Shows How to Approach Each 1

When it comes to approaching a home’s look and feel, Candelaria Design understands that cohesive ambiance that begins outdoors and filters to the interior is key. From color palettes and door and window design to blending textures and materials, choosing a style for the home can determine how items are chosen and how architecture is approached, leaving the owner with the custom look they crave and the popular trends they want incorporated.

“Three trends for the coming year are the transitional, modern farmhouse and Mediterranean transitional,” says Mark Candelaria, owner of Candelaria Designs. “We pull from many inspirations to achieve these looks for our clients as well as taking the essence of these trends and implementing them in custom ways to fit the needs and tastes of each homeowner.”

The Modern Farmhouse

The inspiration for this concept comes from the original indigenous farmhouses around the country. Mark notes that he enjoys visits to friends in the Midwest, as it allows him to soak in the simplicity and authenticity of this style. He then replicates it while keeping the soul of the traditional farmhouse. Lofty spaces with an industrial vibe means a clean look, as if the farmhouse has been adapted to a living quarter but not erased completely. White and natural wood tones, clean and simple cabinetry and doors with minimal detail and reclaimed wood floors are aspects of this design that are mainstays. 


The idea of a “transitional” design is taking a traditional style—whatever it might be—and editing it to modernize the style without losing the feel. To accomplish this, the form and proportions have to be spot-on to the original traditional style but then you modernize that form, holding on to enough of the details of the traditional style to make it “transitional.” If you go too far, it can mirror contemporary. Mark relates it to cooking, as a pinch here or there of a spice can change the flavor.  Charm is key in this style, so holding onto it in the door, window and even fireplace design is important. Off-white gray and wood tones with minimally detailed doors and cabinets, offset by colored or stained concrete floors or reclaimed bleached woods, are elements to include.

Mediterranean Transitional

Rural Mediterranean, Formal Mediterranean and even Southwest/Spanish Colonial homes with a transitional twist are very much still a trend in design. The ingredients of the underlying inspirations for traditional style are again being simplified to include a Tuscan flare. Fresh, light and bright elements make the difference, as they contrast with traditional style. Folding and pocketed doors connect the inside to the outside easily with this design, and the use of repurposed and salvaged materials of the traditional style bond all aspects together. Cream, white and wood tones, along with herringbone, chevron or travertine in a random pattern, are touches that set this style apart from its more traditional counterparts.