Transitional Design Ideas

Transitional design is a beautiful marriage between contemporary design and timeless traditional. With furniture in straight and round profiles, and materials that are classic, this style creates a sophisticated look. Transitional design has been quite popular in the last two decades due to the bridge it unites between different styles. Since this style is neutral in both colors and doesn’t sway too much to one side or the other of the design scale, it’s often seen in spaces that many people will enjoy. This includes model homes, hotels, showrooms, etc. The style is right in the middle, and is universally pleasing to the eye, making it a great style for any home! If you are wondering if Transitional style is right for you, then ponder this. Transitional design is really for anyone who wants a timeless look with a sophisticated color palette and a universally appealing look without verging on the side of too traditional or too modern. Transitional design is just right. Though you can use any colors you like in your Transitional design, the widely used color palette for this particular design style leans neutral. This isn’t without contrast though! Using dark wood tones or pops of bright white help break up the monotony of the neutrals. The reason the color palette is traditionally neutral is because Transitional design is meant to evoke a sense of calm, and using clean and serene colors is one of the best ways to achieve that. To visualize what you’d see in a Transitionally designed space, picture this: From graphic patterns to sleek wood framed sofas, Transitional design has a little bit of it all. The key to this style is the harmony of the design. The patterns, colors and forms of all furniture could not clash or feel too dissimilar, but truly complement each other. You’ll see metals that compliment, like steel light fixtures and glass top coffee tables, to nubby woven chairs with sleek wood frames.  When it comes to decorating your Transitional style room, however, less is oftentimes more! Rather than accessorizing every surface or adding artwork to every blank wall, Transitionally designed interiors are a more minimalist approach to decorating. The look ends up appearing more curated and less random, which appeals to the serene end goal of transitional style.  With a more minimal approach of ornamentation and decor in Transitional style design, the focus is on the furniture. While the furniture isn’t gastly large, it is scalable, making an impact in the space. The mixture of both soft edged and straight lines brings that blend of contemporary and traditional, masculine and feminine, for a truly beautiful harmony. Take a look through our Transitional style library of Design Ideas to get your creative mind going!

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Rustic Charm: Blue & White Living Room

Rustic Charm: Blue & White Living Room

Blue and white is a classic color scheme that can be used across many styles. We love the transitional look here with a touch of rustic flair!

Tasteful Textures in a Transitional Space

Tasteful Textures in a Transitional Space

Linen, velvet, and jute are just some of the refined textiles that bring an elevated air to this transitional style living room. The end result is one that is both livable and luxurious.

Corner Desk

Corner Desk

This home office is both compact and soothing. The blue color scheme adds a peaceful effect, and the corner desk adds workspace without taking up a lot of square footage.

Transitional Bedroom with Lovely Turquoise Rug

Transitional Bedroom with Lovely Turquoise Rug

A supple high-pile rug in vibrant turquoise brings this subtle transitional bedroom to life with its fun modern take on a traditional Turkish rug. The assortment of patterned pillows ties the rug into the rest of the space effortlessly.

Flanking Mirrors

Flanking Mirrors

Adding mirrors to the sides of a fireplace can be a chic and practical touch. We love how they visually open up the space too!

Blue Bedroom: Daybed Design

Blue Bedroom: Daybed Design

Low ceiling, long curtains. It’s a foolproof trick that always works. And it’s the easiest decor trick to make a low ceiling look higher. The key is to find the right length curtain that goes full floor to ceiling.

Transitional Coziness

Transitional Coziness

This transitional living room sports a cozy and plush grey sectional which adds a grounding place to spend your evenings. The layer of rugs, pillows and baskets add textural elements which bring comfort

Pastel Nursery Design

Pastel Nursery Design

Pastels are a lovely choice for a baby's room. They add a soft palette which is both youthful and soothing for a baby.

Bookcase Styling in a Transitional Office

Bookcase Styling in a Transitional Office

Every office needs storage and a place to display items. In this transitional office, we selected two tall bookcases. Starting at the bottom, we added bulky items like baskets and books. Personality is added by including vases, sculptures, and photo frames. Alternate the number of items per shelf for balance and interest.

A Cozy Living Room Corner

A Cozy Living Room Corner

Cozy up with the Barrel Swivel Chair–one of our favorite chairs from Ravine Home! The Barrel is a perfect addition to any reading corner in your home. Just add a cozy throw pillow and your favorite book! 

A Reading Nook In Your Bedroom

A Reading Nook In Your Bedroom

We love the idea of adding a reading nook to your bedroom for an extra space to unwind at the end of the day. And you don’t have to have a lot of space to do this! A single chair and a basket for books is all you really need. Though a rug for coziness and to section off that space certainly doesn’t hurt!

Floating Furniture Ideas

Floating Furniture Ideas

Great for larger spaces, a floating sofa in your living room can help define a focal point and create better flow through the space. Some people do this because they lack wall space to create seating areas if furniture is up against the wall. Others prefer this method because it creates an intimate seating area geared toward conversation.

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