Transitional Style – Do’s and Don’ts

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The booming new trend of 2013 is Transitional style. Beginning in 2012, the idea has taken over across homes in America, Transitional-Style-Bathroom1offering a blend between traditional and contemporary resulting in a classic design. The Transitional style is great because whether male or female, it has a simplistic feel that will make the house be inviting and warm. Many people are still confused as to how they can accomplish this style, so here are some tips of what to do and not to do.


COLOR – Warm neutrals are the best choice leaning heavily towards one overall color. The palate can include soft whites, gray, cream, biscuit, taupe, or khaki. It is okay to have a pop of color, but only one that remains constant throughout the room. Adding a contrast color will make the owner’s home unique to their personal interests. The neutral color chosen must be represented throughout the entire house. Think of it as choosing a paint swatch and seeing six different shades of the same color. Build off those different shades when finding the pieces to place in the home. Spaces with monocratic tones done correctly can be elegant and interesting.

FURNITURE – The best word for Transitional style is simple, and the furniture needs to follow this idea. Choosing pieces that have straight lines or rounded curves will be pleasing to the eye. Follow the shades of the color chosen to find the best furniture. Ideas to consider are Shaker, Mission, and Asian furnishings which all complement the Transitional interior design. Also, when shopping around, think of what jumps out as timeless and classic, a main goal of this style.

ACCESSORIES – Gathering the furniture and finding the best neutral color can be difficult, but the fun part is picking the accessories. Personal style should be incorporated to keep the home from feeling like a museum. A minimalist approach can offer a counterpoint to the furniture. Conceal clutter to maintain a clean and open feeling. A balance between less is more and refined details is the best advice.

TEXTURES – Different textures incorporated into the furniture and accessories provide an interest into the rooms composition of Transitional style. Having a silver tall metal vase for flowers with a glass table and white leather couch would be a great example. All of the items follow under a neutral relaxed palate, but the texture is what makes the items unique from each other.

Transitional-Style-Kitchen1WHAT NOT TO DO:

COLOR – Avoid any bright colors as the main tone for the house. Picking that kind of color palate works better for a modern or futuristic style. Transitional style is about simplicity, so do not pick geometric or bright floral patterns. When people step into the house they will be confused and their eye will be bouncing around the room not being able to find peace in the space.

FURNITURE – Any pieces that would not fit under traditional or contemporary should not be included in the home where Transitional stems from those styles. Stay away from furniture that has bold stand out patterns, sharp shaped, or is frilly. Remember simplistic and sophisticated is the goal.

ACCESSORIES – Multiple large pieces should be replaced with smaller stylish items. Objects that have pops of color are okay if there are very few of them and are all the same color. Accessories in multiple different bright colors and are over the top should not be included.

TEXTURES – Unlike all the other categories where the items and colors should remain the same, do not follow this with texture. Having similar textures thorough out the home will create an environment that makes it seem as though no one lives in the space. It will be too pristine and people would be afraid to touch anything. Transitional style should be serene and comfortable, and definitely not cold and uninviting.

Transitional Style is popular for 2013 and is fun. Learn from experimentation and find the right balance of traditional and contemporary. Purchase one investment piece like a biscuit fire clay sink, and go to flee markets to find different textured items in the same color palate. Use old furniture and update the room to transitional with modern accessories. Make sure the space has a natural flow by repeating colors and textures in each room. Remember Transitional style is simple, but enough detail to make the home sophisticated and classic.

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