Transitional Design Style

Interior Design Styles Explained: #4 Transitional

Feb 23, 2018

Welcome to the fourth edition of our “Interior Styles Explained” series! We’ve gone over a few different styles previously to help you understand the unique look and feel each of these designs can offer for your home. Today we’re going to be looking at the Transitional Design style. This is a look that goes for comfort and practicality using furniture pieces that are timeless, classic and clean.



Transitional Design Style



Best described as “a new take on old classics”, Transitional Design is the art of mixing Traditional and Modern styles. Clean lines and rounded profiles are used to create the perfect balance of masculine and feminine energy within the rooms.


Accessories are used sparingly in order to keep these rooms uncomplicated, drawing attention to the simplicity and sophistication of the design. This balance between straight, clean lines and ample, enticing furniture creates an inviting and uncluttered space that’s perfect for active households.




Transitional Design Style


Unlike Traditional Design, which features big and ornate furniture pieces, Transitional Design uses pieces that, while inviting, do not overwhelm or take over the room. The furniture blends Traditional Design comfort and warmth with the clean profiles and understated colours of the Modern style. The push for comfort is also what separates Transitional from Modern Design styles. At its heart, this style is the incorporation of lines that are less ornate than Traditional Designs, but not as severely basic as Modern lines.




Transitional Design Style

Transitional designs are known for their subtle and clean colour palettes, relying on grayscale colours to evoke a serene atmosphere. This lack of colour makes room for highlighting contrasts with interesting textures such as corduroy, leather, ultra-suede, and soft cottons. Of course, neutrals aren’t the only colour you are allowed to use, but the fewer colours incorporated into the overall décor, the more your space will reflect the Transitional Style.

Accessories MUST be kept to a minimum in Transitional spaces. Select pieces that do not overtake the space but, instead, maintain the practicality of the room. A good rule of thumb is to group your accessories in order to compliment the casual tailored setting you have created. For example, when decorating, think of small additions like photographs in simple black and silver frames, or a wooden tray paired with silver candleholders.  


This is a great design style that ages incredibly well as it can be updated indefinitely to reflect current trends. It gives you the freedom to freshen the look of the space with little accents like new accessories while keeping big, costly furniture pieces untouched.


Stay tuned for the next edition to learn more about our other favourite interior design styles. If you would like to learn more about how you can achieve this look, or more about Marlin Spring, please visit us here.