Sophisticated. Timeless. Classic. Serene. These are the words one often uses to describe the transitional interior design style. A transitional style is a blend of traditional and modern designs with a focus on incorporating clean lines and textures on a typically neutral palette. Transitional rooms offer the sophistication of modern design with the warm and welcoming feel of traditional elements.
How can you get the transitional look in your home? We asked EYA's Design Manager, Ann Hulen, to share her expert tips you'll want to try.
Tip #1: Embrace Neutral Colors
Transitional rooms often feature neutral colors—tan, taupe, cream and gray are popular choices. These neutral colors provide a sense of serenity and calmness to a room and allow the furniture to become the focal point. In this photo, notice the patterned curtains and pillows that provide a pop, while not straying beyond the core gray color.
Tip #2: Focus on Quality over Quantity
Less is more in a transitional room. Showcase your best or favorite accessories—there is no room for clutter in the transitional design style. This dining room features a modern chandelier and one large contemporary mirror on the wall that stand out as focal points.
Tip #3: Use Textures to Make a Statement
As transitional design keeps the pop of color to a minimum, textures are used to make a statement. Incorporate elements such as woven fabrics, natural fibers, wood, glass or metal. The metal fireplace, tile surround and metal and glass coffee table in this photo, all add interest to the room.
Tip #4: Combine Traditional and Modern Furnishings
To get the transitional look, combine traditional and modern furnishings and accessories. For example, this bedroom has a traditional side table and dresser, while the sleek, metal bed frame provides a modern feel. The layered curtains also provide a more interesting look, while continuing to use the neutral palette.
Tip #5: Go for Sophistication without Compromising Comfort
While modern spaces may feel cold to some, the transitional style features the sophistication of modern design, without sacrificing comfort. Oversized, comfortable sofas and chairs are often used, with a patterned rug or curtains and minimal accessories.
To see more examples of transitional interior design, visit EYA's model homes featured in the photos above. Which community may be right for you? Take our quiz to find out!