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!
A cute geometric rug helps "zone" a window-side play space in this neutral living room. Because kids, and their things, like to move around a lot, having a lightweight rug to place under their play area can be handy for protecting your hardwood floors.
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!
Traditional and neutral chairs that will give you a relaxing spot to hang out. Incorporate a side table in the middle and add a table lamp for some functionality and extra lighting. Curl up with a favorite book or enjoy a relaxing conversation over coffee or wine.
This reading nook brings in an eclectic touch with favorite finds that decorate the wall with textures and patterns. This kid-friendly space is clean and minimal, organized with baskets and durable fabrics. Relax in the morning with a contrasting style, knowing that this workspace combines functionality and style.
Neutral doesn't have to be boring! Instead turn it up a notch by adding in fun textures throughout. Utilize pieces you love in decor and styling. Keep family momentos close and show them off! Iconic tall back wingback chairs can easily be mixed into many spaces. By keeping the overall palette neutral you maintain cohesiveness while still providing a space which is interesting and cozy.
This blue bedroom makes you want to get lost at sea in the best way. The transitional mix of modern chicness and traditional coziness provides the ultimate underwater escape from the day-to-day. The variety of blues mimics the ebb and flow of ocean waves.
Greys, creams, and browns compose the color scheme of the foundational pieces of this living room. Neutral colors help to enhance the pops of green. Plants are also a great way to add a touch of nature, making the room feel airy and fresh. The area rug infuses a pop of gold, adding elegance to the greens.
This earth tone living room has pops of color scattered throughout this space. The throw pillows on the white sofa add texture and uniqueness. Bring in a sideboard for extra storage and a chance for you to showcase some of your decor. The golden base table lamp adds glam while the rest of the accents complement each other.
Transition with style and color in an office that is organized and refreshing. The soft green tones and patterns of the accent rug bring in a cozy style that is a durable material for kids. This transitional style brings in soft textures and deco wall art that makes this space personal and unique.
This pink transitional office is layered in pastels of every color. We aligned the four pieces of artwork in a straight line to mimic the lines of the desk, side table, and bookcases. Small touches of black add eye-catching contrast like in the iron in the bookcases, and frame around the artwork. You will be inspired the minute you enter this office!