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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Transitional Style Design

Transitional style is simple but elegant

Many who currently have traditional style decor are now seeking to bring a more contemporary look to their conventionally decorated rooms. Transitional style interior design is just the right solution.

Transitional style has become popular because of the importance of comfort and relaxation in our homes. The trend is also growing due to the versatility of Transitional style. You can mix traditional and contemporary pieces and create a comfortable, eclectic look.

The label "transitional" can cause confusion for some. Transitional style is the blending of traditional and contemporary to create an elegant and timeless look. Transitional is distinctive because it has a comfortable yet classic feel. Think of it as “updated classic” or as a bridge from Traditional to Contemporary style.


The color palette for Transitional style tends to be very subtle with an emphasis on cremes, ivory, tan, beige and taupe. Dark browns or a pop of orange or aqua adds depth to the neutral palette. The simple color palette is relaxing and uncomplicated to evoke a clean, serene atmosphere.


It is best to keep furnishings understated. Choose furniture that isn’t too masculine or feminine, making it comfortable for all. The lines of transitional furniture are typically straight with the occasional soft, sweeping curve thrown in for good measure.

Proper scale is key to making sure the space feels balanced and appropriate. An emphasis should be placed on moderately scaled pieces that exude an unassuming, refined style. Because of the simplistic designs in the furnishings, Shaker style and Mission style furniture is often a nice match for transitional style interior design.


Examples of Transitional fabric patterns are, tone-on-tone designs, abstract elements, stripes and graphic designs, floral and botanical motifs. Updated patterns such as paisley and animal prints are also typical of Transitional style.

Transitional style fabrics include lots of texture.

Micro fiber suede
Raw silk
Woven reeds
Woven rope

Transitional style rug in room

Floor coverings are important in Transitional design because they add color, texture and interest to the space. Your floor coverings as well as your textiles in your design should unify the room.

Berber carpets, textured carpets or sisal rugs are a great way to bring texture to a space.

When it comes to area rugs, Transitional style is a wonderful way to enhance or update your d├ęcor. A tone on tone rug or a beautiful updated floral can add just the right amount of color and interest to your room.

Transitional style rug

Transitional style rug

Transitional style can include some color that pops

Final tips

Transitional style is by nature a little bit eclectic. By using common elements to your advantage you can avoid a disjointed feeling to your space. If pieces in your room are a different style, unify them. For example use the same wood finish for furniture. Use the same fabric colors or graphic elements for textiles and the same textures or patterns in area rugs and accessories.

Go for it! Make the transition to Transitional style!

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4153 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone: 757-486-6600

Website: http://www.IGotYourRug.com/

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