The 6 Most Important Elements of Transitional Design

The 11 Most Important Elements of Modern Design
March 9, 2019
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Have you ever looked at a photo on Houzz and thought, “How did they get it to look so perfect?” Then you have come to the right place. The secret to creating a space that’s stunning and magazine worthy is making the many individual choices that create a cohesive overall design. Many times when trying to design a new space our clients want to create it in a modern style, but get off track when they see something they like that isn’t in alignment with their goals. Without realizing it, the design is muddied up and doesn’t quite achieve the look they were after. We’ve created this short guide to keep you on track and give you the information you need to create your own HGTV home. 

What is Transitional Style?

Transitional style is the perfect balance between modern and traditional architectural styles without leaning too far in either direction. Deciding how weighted to one side that balance is, is up to the individual. The final design can range from more modern with a hint on traditional to more traditional with a hint of modern and everything in between. Unlike other styles, transitional gives you more wiggle room with the elements you choose than some other architectural styles.

There is, of course, a “standard look” for a transitional style home but keep in mind transitional is more about finding the perfect balance for you and less about sticking to all the rules. 


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1. Color Pallet

   When considering the colors you want to feature in your space a muted color pallet is the way to go with a transitional style. No bright reds or blues. Soft beige, brown, and taupe are all perfect colors for a transitional style space. 

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2. Texture

   With there being a lot of muted colors, the space will need something to spice it up. Try adding textures with rugs, wall décor, tile design, or furniture pieces. Much like traditional, you’ll find a lot of wood and stone in a transitional style room, however unlike traditional style these materials tend to be left to their more organic state. Much less polish and stain and more raw wood and rough stones.

3. Decor

    Things like pottery, artwork, and the like should be kept to a minimum. This is where the more modern side of transitional comes in. Keep pieces like this simple and symmetrical. 

4. Bold Furniture 

   When looking for furniture for your transitional space, look for pieces that are bold. Furniture should make a statement in a transitional style space, and the more gender neutral, the better; nothing too feminine or too masculine.


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5. Blending

    In a transitional space, there’s not one thing that jumps out over the other elements. It all blends nicely and creates a soothing space. 

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6. Clean & Clear

    Items like books, kitchen utensils, and blankets should be kept hidden away in a drawer or cabinet. They could add too much busyness in a space that won’t bode well for a more clean transitional style.

Unlike a lot of architectural styles transitional is an easy going style. Transitional has more room for personal interpretation and is great for someone who likes a little bit of everything.

Smart People Make Smart Choices

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