Transitional Style Interior Design: Best of Both The Worlds

Transitional Style Interior Design: Best of Both The Worlds

The warmth of the traditional aesthetics or the sophisticated lines of the contemporary style! Can you pick one of these two? No, right! If you too are one greedy being, just like I am, and want to embrace your comfort along with the clean aesthetics for your home, then Transitional Style of Interior Design is the perfect pick for you.

Transitional style can be understood as a street with parallel shops of traditional and contemporary artifacts on the both sides of it. It is the perfect amalgamation of the traditional comfort and the contemporary elegance. The best part about this style is the combination of curved and straight lines to create a design that has a balance of masculine and feminine attributes in the décor. If not the World, at least our home décor can be gender-neutral.

So if you are sharing your room with a spouse or sibling, then this style is a good pick to make you both feel it’s your own.

Or if you are someone who doesn’t want to lock down the aesthetics of their home to one particular era, then this is pitch-perfect for you.

Keep reading to get an understanding for designing your transitional style home.

The Mellow Play of Colour Palette

The color palette for this style is mostly kept neutral and subtle. Shades of cream, taupe, tan, khaki, warm whites and grays are the most common in this style. These colors are significant to transitional style because of their clean and calming aesthetics. It’s now time to choose soft gray over austere black and ditch harsh deep brown for the warmer tans.

Monochromatic hues can also be used when following this style with color in art and accents. Bright or dark colors in upholstery and flooring should be avoided to keep the contemporary feel flowing.

Although, it is common to use darker colors to add depth and accent in the aesthetics, but one can also skip that without worries. The neutrals can be guilty-free used for both the dominant and the secondary colors.

When using accent color, make sure to use the colors that have calming connotation to them. A few suggestions for this are the use of softer shades of blue, green and purple.

Furniture for the Utmost Comfort

Comfort is the priority of this style. Relaxing to an inviting seating is what we all want after a tired day at work. This essentially highlights the fact that the couches and chairs are kept large. The plush pieces are the choice of transitional style home décor. Not to forget emphasize on keeping the lines clean and sleek. Use neutral colors for the seating to let the geometry take the centre stage.

The furniture of a transitional home focuses on the comfort and practicality. The scales, hence, should be kept ample, but not overwhelming.

Wood is used in abundance to balance the softer carpets and drapes. It could be ranging from the rawest natural finish to the shiniest high-gloss lacquer. The most common picks here are maple, mahogany and walnut. Goose feathers and down fills are quintessential to the upholstery.

Leaving negative spaces around the furniture is as important as the furniture itself to let the furniture take the centre stage.

Furnishing, Fabric and Texture

The only element one gets to play around with limitlessly in transitional style is the fabrication. Colors and textures for the fabrics can be experimented with, to give a sense of comfort to the visitor apart from the aesthetical dimension it is meant to provide. Some welcoming textures common to this are corduroy, cotton, chenille and suede. Incorporating natural textures of wood, metal, rattan, jute and sea grass is also a good way to add edge and interest in the décor.

A harmonious blend of several textures that blend together seamlessly without being too similar is the key to follow.

Accessorizing the Minimalists Way

Go with very simpler accessories to create interest without making it too overwhelming. One needs to make sure that the accessories should not in any way cause a visual distraction or obstruct the flow of the eye.

The catch here is to make everything look unified irrespective of the diverseness. Nothing, I repeat nothing, should feel like a random piece. The accessorizing could be done with the most basic things like area rugs, throw pillows, blankets and potted plants. A single art work of relatively larger size could be used to create a focal point in the space with other furnishings and accessories of proportionate scale. Classic wood wainscoting can be one detail borrowed from traditional style to adorn the walls.

Though the meshing of two styles in one space may sound straightforward, but in real, it is not an easy feat to pull off. Combining elements from two styles in one place to form a cohesive design is a challenge which when accomplished properly can make your space feel fantastic and timeless.

Now is the right time to just toss the rules out of the window and solve the comfort v/s style debate with transitional style. If you decide to redesign your décor the transitional way, contact us to help you in your home design journey. We are expert in creating theme based home interiors. Feel free to contact us on +91-8956549583 or write to us at

Aakriti Dewan

A passionate Architect, enthusiastic about exploring and playing with spaces designing

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