How to Pull Off Transitional Design

How to Pull Off Transitional Design


Transitional Design Interior Design Ideas from Miya Interiors

Spring is a time where you can hit refresh. From the flowers blooming to the warmth and sunshine, everything about spring makes you want to shake off the past and look towards the future. Don’t leave your interior design behind—give it the reset it deserves. Incorporating transitional design into your home’s look could be the reset it needs.

Transitional style refers to mixing modern and traditional furnishings, decorative elements, and fabrics for an updated look. What makes this style work for so many homeowners is that it isn’t too extreme. By combining the latest modern styles with that of a traditional home, you will feel like you are taking the next step in your interior design journey. Plus, the unique style allows you to keep your favorite pieces of your current décor, throwing out those that are outdated and mixing in some new items for an upgraded look.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s discuss what transitional design is and how you can start incorporating it into your home.

What is Transitional Design?

Just as transitional describes moving from one place to another, transitional designs reference meshing two interior design styles together—modern and traditional. Spaces based on transitional design combine both modern and traditional techniques for an overall cohesive design.

Right now, many interior designers consider transitional design as the “it trend” of the decade. The Miya Interiors design team is also noticing an increase in clients wanting to try the trend out in their home. When we start designing a space based on transitional style, we focus on classic, timeless designs with a marriage of traditional and contemporary finishes, materials, and furniture.

If you want to give transitional design a go in your space, here are a few tips to get you started.


Tips for Creating Transitional Style

When transitional style is done well, you’ll find a unique way of expressing yourself in your home’s design. However, homeowners will face challenges when incorporating transitional design into their space. By following these tips, you can find the right mixture for pulling off a transitional style in your home.

Tip #1: Keep a Neutral Color Palette

Transitional Design Neutral Colors

The transitional design relies on a neutral color palette. By keeping things light in the color arena, you have more room to play with shapes, patterns, and textures. It also allows the lines of your furniture to take center stage and to create a clean, serene atmosphere.

Tip #2: Incorporate Textural Elements

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Textiles and fabrics shine in transitional design. Incorporate a wide variety of complementary fabrications. Try textural, plush, and different textiles in each of your rooms without letting one fabric take over. However, it is vital that nothing looks too random but has a purpose. However, our transitional interior design experts suggest limiting your textures to four or five complementary varieties.

Tip #3: Limit Accessories

When it comes to accessories, make sure you take the minimalist approach. By keeping things light with accessories, you allow your furnishings and fabrics to create a more significant impact. Transitional interior design will let you emphasize all the accessories you do use in your room’s design. Champion each fixture by creating a vibrant and layered mix.

Tip #4: Find Furniture that Features Sleek Lines and Rounded Elements

Transitional Design Sleek Furniture & Curved Lines Interior Design

Since transitional style is all about carefully mixing the modern and traditional designs, pick simple silhouettes with rounded elements to keep the eye moving. Curves combined with straight lines, balance masculine and feminine attributes. For your transitional designs, play on rounded and rigid silhouettes that compete quietly. Plus, the lack of accessories will allow the elements to stand on their own.

Tip #5: Experiment Until It Feels Right

While you can follow all the rules in the transitional design rulebook, you have to experiment with a few looks until you find the style that best fits. Pull everything away and start adding things in one-by-one. Look at how everything works together and if you are striking a balance between the two styles. Once the space feels right, you will know you pulled it off.

If you want some help giving your home the transitional design upgrade, contact the interior design team at Miya Interiors. Contact us today to learn more.

Miya Interiors

Miya Interiors is the leading Utah-based firm specializing in full-scale commercial and residential interior design. Over the years, we have successfully collaborated with some of the most talented architects and builders to produce the highest quality custom design. Our specialty is designing a space where you’ll feel happiest and at peace, that’s both practical and uniquely beautiful, and that tells the story of who you are.