10 Top Transitional Interior Design Must-haves for the Perfect Home

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Our homes are continually undergoing inner transformations as our style changes. But now this dynamic “in between styles” has become a style in its own right.

The transitional interior design style is the ultimate mix between present and past favorites or classic and contemporary style. Therefore, if you’re an admirer of old and new styles but can’t choose between them, read on! Here are our ten top transitional style home must-haves!

Transitional Interior Design History 

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Transitional living room design by Decorilla designer, Joao A.

Before we dive right into all of this transitional interior design beauty let’s be clear on what exactly “transitional” means. Simply put, transitional interior design is a blend of traditional and modern. Transitional interiors became prominent in the 1950’s as a response to the defined and distinct modern and mid-century modern styles that had once had their peak. Transitional homes of the 20th century were a refreshment to many who prefer a style that focuses on luxury and comfort. Needless to say the transitional design style is a classic that’s here to stay!

 1. Pick a Neutral Color Scheme

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Transitional style living room design by Decorilla online interior designer, Sonia C.

Colors in a transitional style home follow that of the traditional style; grey, sand, and white. Neutral colors add to the stately traditional side of transitional interiors. However, bold dark colors, like midnight blue, charcoal and black are right on trend in more masculine transitional decorating style.

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Transitional style living room design by Decorilla online interior designer, Martina D.

2. Transitional Design Must Have: Colorful Accessories

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Transitional style living room by Decorilla Designer, Corine M.

Don’t be put off by the traditional neutrals, because you can still have fun with colorful accessories. Add brightness with colorful curtains, scatters and décor pieces. Also, if you have a bit of wiggle room in your budget, then you can certainly reupholster your favorite occasional furniture pieces with a bright color.


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3. Cushions Galore

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Transitional Interior Design by Decorilla designer, Corine M.

Another lovely traditional decorating style must-have are cushions in double digits! In true maximalist style, plenty of cushions are entirely at home in a transitional living room.  Similarly, scatter cushions with a contemporary print or pattern can brighten a transitional home. So, don’t toss the scatters just yet!

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4. Transitional Interior Design Furniture

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Transitional home design by Decorilla designer, Natalie A.

Much like the transitional style, transitional furniture is a mix of two different design styles. Hence, large furniture pieces of the traditional era get a makeover to become more streamlined and sophisticated to match the sleek status of the emerging trend. The biggest difference between traditional style and transitional interior design style is that transitional interior design refers to interiors that have both contemporary and traditional features.


5. Transitional Style Lighting

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Transitional designs by Decorilla interior designer Joao A. (left) and Riddhi M. (right)

Light your way to a new interior with contemporary lighting. An exciting way homes are moving out of the traditional sphere and into the transitional is through lighting. Because lighting can have such a fantastic impact on a room, fixtures are becoming more prominent as designers push the boundaries. So, add an inspirational contemporary chandelier or molecular light for a fantastic focal piece.

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Transitional living room design

6. Metallic Accents in your Transitional Interior Design


Metallic elements are coveted in present-day homes, for the reason that they work seamlessly with any design style. Incorporate gold, bronze or copper through side tables, lighting, and accessories. Choose one metal finish or mix metals for a trendy contemporary look.

7. Add Carpet for Texture

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Bedroom design by Decorilla interior designer, Joseph G.

Rugs are very much a part of transitional interior design. They offer luxury underfoot with plush cut-pile area rugs, add color, and anchor the furniture in a room. Without a doubt an essential to any bedroom design. It’s best to choose rugs in neutral colors to compliment the design of the room or add texture and pattern with a traditional woven or knotted carpet. Learn more about transitional interior design style here.


8. Traditional Statement Piece

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Classic interior design by Decorilla designer, Peti L.

Search the attic because a striking piece of furniture or décor that is truly traditional can be the highlight of your transitional room. The item can be a dresser, mirror, table or anything that harks from a different era. Another way to draw attention to a new classic piece through reupholstering, a layer of paint or a coat of wax to highlight the item’s features.


9. Contemporary Art

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Design by Decorilla interior designer, Catz D.

A transitional style home is very focused on accents and it is the details that can make an interior shift from traditional to transitional or from contemporary to transitional. Choose your favorite contemporary artwork to create a striking focal. Also, to not overdo the look, it’s best to take a minimalist approach.

10. Tried-and-Trusted Woody Favorites

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Transitional kitchen design by Decorilla interior designer, Natalie A.

Wood furniture has always been a important feature in traditional homes.  Cherished ornate wood pieces are making a big come back and not only in transitional spaces. Add a grounding furniture piece like a large wood dining table, dresser or bookend to celebrate the craftsmanship.


A transitional interior may be the beginning of your home’s style journey, so, let us know if you have any questions or comment at all!

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Need assistance with your transitional interior design?

The road to a new interior is exciting but can certainly also be an overwhelming experience at times so getting some assistance from expert online interior designers can help. Schedule a Free Interior Design Consultation today and they’ll be happy to guide you in your interior journey!

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