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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Lorelei Gilmore's Living Room

Lorelei Gilmore's Living Room

We wanted to make Lorelai’s space feel loud and energetic without the compromise of comfort. The velvet sofa with a deep seat, and rolled arms, makes for the perfect spot to kick back and binge watch old movies and binge takeout from Luke’s diner or Al’s Pancake World. Quirky trinkets are scattered throughout the space, a result of her impulsive habits that lead her to buy whatever she loves in an instant.

Pops Of Rust

Pops Of Rust

This master bedroom comes alive with pops of rust. This trendy color adds warmth to any space!

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.

Cozy but Classy Too




Cozy but Classy Too

Layered rugs, plush pillows, and a roomy sectional make this transitional style living room irresistibly inviting. At the same time, the minimal approach to styling keeps things feeling refined and organized.

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!

Dining Room Storage Solutions: Storage Bench

Dining Room Storage Solutions: Storage Bench

A storage bench can be a practical touch in a dining room! Not only does is provide some stylish hidden storage but in a pinch can also double as comfy seating for extra guests.

Add Interest With Pattern

Add Interest With Pattern

A traditional rug adds subtle depth to this relaxed contemporary space, adding a bit of interest and making it a little more inviting.

A Breath of Fresh Air Formal Dining Room

A Breath of Fresh Air Formal Dining Room

Just because a dining room is formal doesn't mean it has to be stuffy. Take for example this space which has a formal vibe but keeps things approach with its use of color and materials.

Bold Blue Dining Room in Daring Transitional Style

Bold Blue Dining Room in Daring Transitional Style

This bold and luxe dining room is filled with deep blue hues and gold accents.

Neutral Nuances

Neutral Nuances

Wood tones, a patterned pouf, and a jute rug add a playful character to this making it feel surprisingly playful. At the same time, the room maintains a subtle and nuanced vibe thanks to the neutral palette.

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.

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.

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