A Transitional style living room

Embracing transitional style is a great way to declutter and highlight the traditional elements that you love about your home. If there were an award for design flexibility, transitional decor would likely take it. Transitional decor allows you to achieve a streamlined effect while still keeping some of the cozy comforts you love. We’ve come up with some basic guidelines to help you understand what “transitional” really means, and explain how you can incorporate transitional decor into your own home.

Transitional bedroom, an easy way to get the transitional look at home

Blend Traditional and Contemporary Pieces

The true key to transitional design is finding balance between traditional and contemporary styles. Traditional style tends to emphasize richer colors, curvaceous shapes, and comfortable furniture while contemporary style opts for clean lines, open spaces, and minimalist features. The ideal combination of these two styles results in a home that’s comfortable yet uncluttered, and cozy without being stuffy.

Ornate traditional furniture is echoed in transitional shapes, but on a much subtler scale. Clean contemporary colors keep the space light and bright. Simplifying your floor plan, editing your existing decor, and incorporating a few transitional pieces in neutral colors will help you create an atmosphere of casual sophistication that can be easily updated with fashionable accents as trends evolve.

Transitional style dining room, a great way to make transitional style work for you

How to Embrace Transitional Style

  • Allow color and texture to work harmoniously by choosing a neutral palette that can be accented with different textiles. Working from a light grey or beige palette means you can swap out textured cushions and drapes more easily. Mix in traditional fabrics like warm cable-knit blankets or rich leather upholstery to make each element pop.
  • Opt for simple, unfussy furniture that has subtle curves and interesting details. A streamlined camelback sofa with unique studs or tufting will add an updated note of relaxed luxury to the room. A wingback or club chair in a fresh print with similar detailing will add another subtle point of interest.
  • Embrace a few bold accent pieces. Use a striking piece of wall art like a graphic landscape to add color to your room, or choose an organic wood or metal sculptural piece for your mantle to add personality and warmth to any space. Remember that in transitional decor, quality is always better than quantity.