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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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!

Rustic and Transitional Bedroom in Blues and Earth Tones

Rustic and Transitional Bedroom in Blues and Earth Tones

This bedroom room has an approachable mix of rustic and transitional styles that it both refined and relaxed. The rustic touches of natural wood and woven elements blend in with the foundational furniture's transitional silhouettes and make the space so feel elegant yet approachable.

Grid Gallery Wall in a Transitional Space

Grid Gallery Wall in a Transitional Space

This symmetrical and streamlined art display looks right at home, a polished and classic style living room. This kind of wall art arrangement is perfect if you have a series of art pieces you want to hang.

Folding Screen in Transitional Living Room

Folding Screen in Transitional Living Room

A folding screen is a great item for your living room. Because they are both functional and sculptural, they work great for adding interest to a space and creating zones to break the space into sections.

Wall Mural In a Transitional Living Room

Wall Mural In a Transitional Living Room

If you want the elevated feel of wallpaper in your space but don't want to commit to a whole wall, try hanging a paper mural. It's just as attention-grabbing and half the hassle.

Basement Living Room in Relaxed Transitional Style

Basement Living Room in Relaxed Transitional Style

Basement living areas can feel stuffy because of issues like limited natural light and low ceilings. However, the use of low slung transitional pieces in this space adds additional height to the room while a spare layout keeps things feeling open and makes up for the lack of sunlight.

Bountiful and Beautiful Storage Styling

Bountiful and Beautiful  Storage Styling

Isn't it funny how no matter how much closed storage you seem to have, you'll always need more? That's why it's always a good idea to invest in decorative baskets for your open storage spaces. They hide what must remain hidden while adding texture and beauty to your space.

Basement Living Room Work Area in Relaxed Transitional Style

Basement Living Room Work Area in Relaxed Transitional Style

Basement living areas can feel stuffy because of issues like limited natural light and low ceilings. However, the tall plant in this space adds some needed height to space, and the landscape photo helps to brighten things up a bit.

Transitional and Beautiful Blue Atmosphere

Transitional and Beautiful Blue Atmosphere

Blue accents make this transitional living room pop! The understated blue rug is the perfect base for light and clean furniture with wood touches. The blue pillows and decor items tie in with the rug making this space calm and collected.

Playful Patterns in Basement Living Room

Playful Patterns in Basement Living Room

Basement living areas can often feel dark and gloomy due to small windows and a lack of light. Instead of filling the space with artificial lighting, try to brighten the space with lively geometric patterns in high contrast colors.

Home Gym in Blue Green

Home Gym in Blue Green

The color of the walls in this small space makes it seem more substantial and less catastrophic. Perfect for you keeping things breezy for your morning exercise.

Build a Bar Open Concept Eating Area

Build a Bar Open Concept Eating Area

This basement living room needed some additional seating and a place for eating. The designer was clever and placed two console tables side by side with some stools behind the sectional in view of the tv and voila dinner and a show.

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