What Is Transitional Design Styling

Interior Design Styles What Is Transitional Design Styling

Transitional design styling is one that combines the plush comfort of traditional design with the straight sleek style of modern design. This design style came into being as more and more people opted to design their home in a way that didn’t follow the rules of traditional or modern, finding traditional styles too heavy and ornate, and modern styles too bold. They drew a middle ground, choosing to blend the simple and comfortable furniture of traditional style with the sophisticated style of modern.

Transitional Style vs Eclectic Style

Transitional style is often confused with eclectic style but is quite different. Although both styles are a combination of others, transitional is purely a combination of old and new, while eclectic brings together elements from various styles and eras. Transitional design focuses on creating spaces that are practical, timeless and function better while maintaining an effortless style.

To create a transitional style room, focus on:


Neutral colors like grey, white, cream and black are favored over bolder shades in this style. Shades of brown are also used in addition to the neutrals. Colors and shades of the same families are also used here to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere. When non-neutral shades are used, they are often repeated to avoid standing out.


Furniture pieces in transitional style choose the comfort and coziness of the traditional furniture, but abandon the ornate and overwhelming nature of them. They are stripped down to be functional and yet not minimal. The shapes follow traditional style, simple profiles and maintain their plushness, and yet are streamlined to subtract any embellishments. Curved lines of furniture mingle with lacquered finishes and rectilinear styles here.

Source: @mylakesidehaven


Transitional style uses a variety of fabrics, from chenille to cotton to leather. Texture also plays an important role here. Natural fabrics that are more textured like linens are often used for rugs and window treatments and fabrics like suede or leather are used with wooden or rattan furniture to create an interesting blend. When it comes to fabrics, transitional style allows room to play, and a variety of fabrics can be mixed and match to suit preferences of comfort and look.


Accessories are used to bring in energy into the style. These accessories are often small so as to add depth without being overdone. Pieces are carefully chosen to balance out the furniture and space, and minimal accessories that add impact are preferred over multiple pieces without a purpose. Accessories here generally follow the modern style, with sleek simplicity being liked. Mirrored and metallic finishes as well as artworks, prints, flowers, and plants can be used in small quantities to elevate the space.

Source: @littlelattihouse

The transitional style is great for anyone who prefers a mix of comfort and sophistication. Unsurprisingly, the style is popular with millennials and large families as it offers the ability to relax and be cozy and have space for belongings and yet has an easy modern look to it. It is an uncomplicated style that is easy to create and does not have too many rules, creating a timeless look.

Deborah Torres
Deborah Torres
I fell in love with home decor and interior design in the summer of 2015, when I joined an interior design company as intern. Little did I know then that a few years later, I would still be as passionate about interior design so I created this blog. Writing many posts to help others to achieve the design they like.
Send this to a friend