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The Sudden Popularity Of Transitional Interior Design And How To Achieve It

(5 min read) Our homes and work spaces are constantly undergoing some interior changes. As our sense of style changes, molded by what’s momentarily popular and comfortable, so do our respective spaces. Needless to say, our homes usually look like they are in between two or three styles most of the time. There is also the fact that we don’t remodel and transform our rooms every year so the overall look of in-betweenness ends up sticking around for quite a while, and that is why it has earned its own title — the transitional interior design style.

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Elegant and comfy transitional-style living room. Image source: Link


Now that we are aware of how this particular design ended up spreading around, the title of this article might sound like…reaching. I mean, what’s so special about not having the skill, time, or finances to choose a proper style? Well, not much indeed. However, if you make that “lack” look like a compact style in its own right, then that most certainly is something special.

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Cozy transitional-style sitting area. John McClain. Image source: Link


Transitional Colors

Considering the fact that the transitional style itself is a chic mixture of traditional and trendy, it comes as no surprise that its key shades are exactly that as well. On that note, the transitional style mostly relies on neutral, earthy tones. So think, beiges, tans, and off-whites paired with browns and deep greens. Basically, just think of the colors that are calming and relaxing to your eyes, because that’s exactly what transitional style is at its core.

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An elegant mixture of soft colors in a transitionally designed living room. Image source: Link


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Small transitional living room with a variety of soft shades. Design by Decorilla designer, Lori D. Image source: Link


Transitional Style Furniture — Is There Such A Thing?

Well… That’s a valid question up there. Keeping in mind that transitional design style is a mixture of other styles, does it really have its own furniture? Yes and no. See, the transitional design furnishings are a mixture of two completely different styles. This basically means that the furniture looks like it was once a traditional era item, but it got a makeover so it appears as something sleeker and more contemporary. even if your budget doesn’t allow you to buy new furniture, a simple mix of old and new in similar shades will do the trick.

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Transitional style furniture — an amalgam of old and new. Image source: Link


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Traditional and contemporary furniture will also serve to achieve the transitional style vibe.  Design by Laura U. Image source: Link


Prominent Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important things when you are trying to establish a transitional style in your home. Contemporary fixtures, often characterized by “in-your-face” design, are what make the transitional style look sophisticated, but not shy. Needless to say, the style should be the transition between the two as well. So once the soft colors and sleek/sturdy lines are mixed with notable lighting — voila! Transitional style is here!

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Prominent lighting fixtures are the way to go. Image source: Link


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Small transitional-style sitting area with lighting fixtures galore! Design by Decorilla. Image source: Link


Metallic Accents

Metallic elements are quite important in every space. Regardless of the finish you opt for, metal will always give the room a certain degree of upgrade. Metallic accents will always look luxurious and elegant. if you go for rose gold and copper finishes, you will give your transitional space the effect of softness and warmth. If you chose silver, chrome, and platinum details, your room will get a sense of lightness and clarity throughout.

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Metallic accents done right. Donna Hoffman. Image source: Link


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Brass metallic accents give the room some additional warmth. Image source: Link


Traditional Statement-Making Piece

This could really be anything from a carved wooden coffee table you took from your grandma’s attic to a large-scale black-and-white picture in a brass frame. Any striking piece that looks like a true representation of a past era will do. To accentuate that particular feature you can also add a coat of wax or repaint the piece to make it more prominent.

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This restored mahogany table will work perfectly as a traditional accent piece in any room. Photo by Dan Cutrona / Photo courtesy of Paul Corrie Interiors. Image source: Link


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A huge traditional-era mirror will also do the trick. Image source: Link


If you are an admirer of both old and new, and if you feel comfortable eating cookies in your grandma’s knitting room and watching anime in your friend’s La Corbusier furnished living room, then transitional style is perfect for you.

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39 Comments

  1. Samantha Donnelly
    July 27, 2023 at 5:32 am

    I love these ideas, we have a lovely corner sofa but our room is quite small so it has taken time to find the right furniture that fits

  2. Mary Jane
    July 27, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Always looking forward to your article. And all these designs is perfect for me as I plan to renovate my room.

  3. Tim Breese
    July 27, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    I really love the soft neutrals. It allows more space to play around and switch things up a bit each season. A beautiful canvas for a lot of different ideas. Great post and inspiration!

  4. Nadalie
    July 27, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Those interiors are so pretty! It’s been awhile that I’m thinking of a makeover and this will really help me with ideas!

  5. Belise
    July 27, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    These work of arts are really gorgeous. Thank you for the tips on how to achieve them.

  6. Kimberly C
    July 28, 2023 at 12:38 am

    This is new to me. I had no idea transitional interior design was a thing. One thing is for sure, it sure looks gorgeous. Love these pretty interiors. I guess that ‘in-between stage’ is a great thing

  7. Rhian Scammell
    July 28, 2023 at 4:47 am

    I didn’t really know that transitional interior design was a thing. When we decorate or design our home we just go with things we like no matter the design, although that’s probably not quite the right way to go about it x

  8. Richard Lowe
    July 28, 2023 at 6:14 am

    It never occurred to me that designing a room or a home’s interior could be done by a professional, but the pictures show it is worth it.

  9. Rosemary
    July 28, 2023 at 10:28 am

    The mahogany table is so pretty. Lends a very class, classic look to the room.

  10. Lyosha
    July 28, 2023 at 11:37 am

    didn’t hear about this trend before but I kinda like how it looks. very regular and livable, nothing like regular polished magazine-worthy goals.

  11. Beth
    July 28, 2023 at 12:26 pm

    Understanding transitional design is so important. Most homes these days are designed with open floor plans, so it’s the furniture that makes the “rooms”.

  12. Peter
    July 28, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    Thank you for the insightful article on transitional interior design. I enjoyed learning about how this style combines traditional and contemporary elements to create a unique and sophisticated look. The tips on using neutral colors, mixing furniture styles, and incorporating prominent lighting and metallic accents were particularly helpful. Keep up the great work in inspiring interior design enthusiasts!

  13. Fareeha
    July 29, 2023 at 3:44 am

    Beautiful ideas… I love to change my interior every now and then but I can’t manage the expenses

  14. Melanie E
    July 29, 2023 at 8:24 am

    I do love the colours used in transitional style. I have combined a few different ones within my home and it really does work very well.

  15. Lisa
    July 29, 2023 at 8:34 am

    That design is so cool. Really I have never seen an interior like this before!

  16. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    July 29, 2023 at 2:18 pm

    Embracing the “transitional interior design style” is a game-changer for our ever-evolving spaces! 🌟🛋️ It’s so true that our sense of style evolves with the times, creating a delightful blend of what’s trendy and what feels cozy and familiar. 💕🔄 The beauty of this in-betweenness is that it gives our homes and workspaces a unique charm that evolves organically over time. 🌿✨ While we may not remodel every year, this transitional style ensures our spaces stay fresh and relevant without losing their comforting essence. 🏡🌈 Kudos to you for capturing the essence of this design approach – it’s truly a celebration of our dynamic lives and personal style evolution! 🎉🏢 #TransitionalStyle #InteriorDesignInspo #EverEvolvingSpaces #HomeSweetHome #DesignThatAdapts

  17. Mrs. Moore
    July 29, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    Your blog post on the sudden popularity of transitional interior design and how to achieve it is informative and well-written. The explanation of this design style and practical tips for incorporating it into one’s home are valuable and easy to follow. Great job!

  18. Amber
    July 29, 2023 at 8:24 pm

    I love the traditional country style in one of the first photos. Very charming and simple yet comfortable as well.

  19. Zab Zaria
    July 30, 2023 at 1:50 am

    They are truly amazing and beautiful designs. Thanks for sharing the ideas and information so that we will achieve these!

  20. Jupiter Hadley
    July 30, 2023 at 2:22 am

    I wonder if traditional fruniture is making a comeback because of it’s durability and price point! It’s deffo more affordable to re-sand an old table and re-cover it then purchasing a new one that’s not as durable!

  21. Fred
    July 30, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    Ooh I hadn;t actually heard of this trend until now but it’s something I am going to look into more as I think it’s really stylish and would look great in many home settings

  22. Star Traci
    July 30, 2023 at 7:07 pm

    I had not heard this term but I think it is close to my aesthetic. I love to mix mid-century with heavier older vintage pieces. I like the contrast of the clean lines with a few statement pieces. I just called it quirky. 🙂

  23. Melissa
    July 31, 2023 at 11:17 am

    I seriously would love the look of any of these spaces in my home! They are all unique and stunningly beautiful!

  24. Angela Ricardo Bethea
    July 31, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    All of those designs look amazing and would love a transitional interior look in my home too.

  25. Jupiter Hadley
    August 1, 2023 at 2:32 am

    I never thought of traditional design being a mix of other frunitures! Very interesting read.

  26. Albert
    August 1, 2023 at 4:47 am

    I feel that our home is in the transitional phase. We redecorated about 3 years ago and I am gradually bringing in new styles.

  27. Alita
    August 1, 2023 at 7:49 am

    Cool designs here. Thanks for the tips on how to achieve them!

  28. Gisele
    August 1, 2023 at 9:33 am

    Thanks for sharing these with us! Very informative! I will save this, as I enjoy reading your article.

  29. Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    August 1, 2023 at 9:43 am

    I absolutely love how this blog post highlights the beauty of embracing a “lack” of skill, time, or finances and turning it into a unique and chic transitional style! 🎨💫 It’s all about making the most of what we have and turning it into something special and personalized. The idea of mixing traditional and trendy elements with neutral, earthy tones like beiges, tans, and off-whites, along with browns and deep greens, sounds incredibly soothing and relaxing for any space. The concept of creating a compact style that exudes calmness and charm is truly inspiring. Thank you for shedding light on the magic of transitional colors and showing us that style can be achieved in the most delightful and resourceful ways! 🌿✨

  30. Nadalie
    August 1, 2023 at 10:22 am

    I love what you have done with those spaces! They look really great! I love those soft shades too!

  31. Claudia Krusch
    August 1, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Gorgeous looks and designs! Loved all the colors and details in each space!

  32. Renata Feyen
    August 1, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    I didn’t realize, but that was indeed the fact in our former house, because we had to do lots of renovations

  33. Moon
    August 3, 2023 at 3:46 pm

    Hey, your take on the rising trend of transitional interior design is super engaging! Loved how you explained its appeal and offered practical tips to achieve it. Your post has me inspired to revamp my space with that perfect blend of classic and modern. Great job! 🏡✨

  34. Jupiter Hadley
    August 7, 2023 at 8:43 am

    Neutral colors and good lighting can make any room look really beautiful. Thank you for this detailed article about the trends.

  35. Silvia
    August 10, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    It’s so true that our homes and workspaces constantly evolve as our sense of style changes. I love the idea of the transitional interior design style – it’s a great way to blend different styles and create a unique look that feels modern and timeless. And the fact that it’s a practical approach to home design, allowing us to make the most of our existing furnishings and decor, is a huge plus. Thanks for sharing this insightful piece!

  36. Crystal
    August 26, 2023 at 4:59 pm

    As someone in the process of re-designing a new home, these are some incredible tips that I will definitely put to use!

  37. Sylvia Graham
    August 27, 2023 at 6:28 pm

    I love mirrors. My favourite are the circular ones in different rooms of homes. I also love the brass elements in rooms.

  38. Ambuj Saxena
    August 28, 2023 at 3:33 am

    Mahogany table looked absolutely stunning in the middle of the room! Great ideas!

  39. Sam Carvalho
    August 31, 2023 at 10:00 pm

    I absolutely love natural light in rooms. It makes all of the decor stand out so much more!