The transitional style is the sweet spot between traditional and contemporary! If you want versatility in your home’s interior design, go with the transitional style.

The transitional design style was referred to as ‘classic modernism.’ It originated in the early 1950s.

A few distinguishing features most transitional style homes incorporate into their design: neutral colors with textured elements, clean lines, minimal accents, and a ton of natural light.

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What is Transitional Style?

This design style is not entirely modern; it is not classic either. There is no pride in classic aristocracy, but there is a glory of antiquity in this design style. The mechanics of modern design style have not affected it entirely; rather, it has chosen to coexist with modernity. Victoria Sass, an expert designer at a world-famous interior design studio, says, “The word ‘transit’ means the middle ground between the past and the present. The transitional design style, therefore, is a fusion between the traditional and the contemporary style in the most amazing way.’


History of Transitional Style

The practice of modernism was at its peak from 1940-1960. At that time, smooth-straight lines in furniture were used, and large glass windows and geometric shapes were prominent everywhere in the house. But such a modern design in the kitchen did not quite suit some people's tastes. As a result, they fuse the contemporary style with the traditional design style in the kitchen. Later, this design style gradually spread to other rooms, eventually the entire house, and came to be known as the transitional design style.

3 Popular Features of a Transitional Style Home

  1. Neutral Colors with Textured Elements
    The transitional color palette is meant to invoke a clean, serene, relaxing, uncomplicated atmosphere. It relies on warm neutrals, such as taupe, tan, vanilla, cream, or khaki with dark browns or grays as accents.
  2. Minimalist Approach
    Stealing from modern-contemporary architecture, most transitional homes use clean lines and minimalism in their design. There is limited use of accessories and ornamentation.
  3. Oversized Windows
    A transitional home is just as likely as a modern-contemporary home to showcase large, expansive windows and an interior filled with natural light.


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