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6 Beautiful Transitional Interior Design Ideas

Exploring ways to modernise your home décor, you stumble across some transitional interior design ideas that catch your eye. This style beautifully blends the modern and the traditional to create a cohesive design that lets your unique personality shine through.

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“The transitional interior design style combines the old with the new in a harmonious way, blending traditional design elements with the clean, crisp angles of modern design.”

Allowing your eyes to wander around your living room, you contemplate ways that elements of transitional interior design could be incorporated into the space. Statement traditional pieces stand out against a backdrop of contemporary furnishings, giving them a new lease of life. Decorative lights and lamps create captivating focal points, while colourful accessories add a playful modern twist.

Delve into our transitional interior design ideas and discover how to successfully combine classic and contemporary décor for a stylish home.

What is transitional interior design?

The transitional interior design style combines the old with the new in a harmonious way, blending traditional design elements with the clean, crisp angles of modern design. It’s a unique style that offers unlimited freedom, allowing you to mix and match décor pieces from different periods to create a cohesive look.

Homes that embrace this style typically feature statement furniture pieces, neutral colour palettes, and ornate accents.

Defining characteristics of transitional interior design

  • Neutral colour palettes: Transitional interiors often have a base colour palette made up of whites, creams, tans, and greys. However, pops of colour can be added through rugs, pillows, or artwork.
  • Layered textures: Organic textures are layered in transitional interiors to add visual interest to the space, with materials such as wood, glass, and leather being used throughout.
  • Statement lighting: Transitional interiors often feature eye-catching lighting fixtures that put a contemporary spin on classic styles like chandeliers, providing an interesting focal point.
  • Metallic accents: Elements of gold, bronze, or copper are often incorporated to add contemporary flair to transitional interiors.
  • Blending new and old aesthetics: Transitional interiors feature a combination of traditional and modern furniture that work in harmony with one another.

6 ways to introduce transitional interior design elements into your home

If you want to incorporate elements of transitional interior design into your home without having to completely change your existing décor, start with these simple ideas.

1. Combine modern and traditional pieces

Transitional interior design is all about blending the old with the new, so try placing traditional and modern furniture pieces alongside each other to effortlessly achieve this look.

One way to do this is by choosing a striking piece of traditional furniture that can serve as a focal point in the room – this could be a dresser, table, mirror, or anything that harks from a different era. A traditional side table is a great option as contemporary lamps can easily be placed on top to achieve the transitional aesthetic.

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Product pick: The gold Waldorf table lamp has a modern design that makes it a great choice for transitional interiors. Its elegant gold base is also characteristic of this design style.

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2. Keep it neutral, but add pops of colour

Choosing the right colour palette is essential to creating successful transitional interiors. The base should consist of traditional neutrals like grey, sand, and white, but adding some bright pops of colour through your décor choices is key to giving the space a contemporary flair.

‘Choose a colour palette with a neutral base that you can use a few shades of, plus three or four colours in different proportions, depending on how you want your space to feel’, says Ally Dowsing-Reynolds, interiors expert and co-founder of Dowsing & Reynolds. ‘An excellent place to start with colour is finding a pattern you like and then sampling its colours.’

Product pick: Add a pop of colour with the citrine glass table lamp, which beautifully combines vintage and modern aesthetics.

3. Opt for statement lighting

If your existing home décor feels a little outdated, one simple but impactful way to move out of the traditional sphere and into the transitional interior style is through lighting. Choosing a striking ceiling light is a great way to make your space feel more modern while also providing a captivating focal point.

Product pick: ‘Opting for modern bubble chandeliers featuring traditional fabric cables is a great way to embrace transitional design’, says Ally.

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4. Incorporate metallic accents

Adding metallic accents is another easy way to create transitional interiors. Elements of gold, bronze, or copper can modernise a space while still being reminiscent of more traditional aesthetics.

‘Metallic accents dotted around a room add interest, helping your eyes travel around the space, elevating it and making it feel larger’, says Ally. ‘They’re the details that finish your interior – like jewellery on an outfit.’

‘Pick one primary metallic accent colour – it’s perfectly possible to mix and match, but your room will feel more cohesive if you stick with one.’

Style tip: Add a traditional element to your transitional interior design by choosing aged, or distressed metal finishes like Antique Brass for your light switches and sockets.

5. Get creative with layering

Layering different textures is an essential part of the transitional aesthetic, adding visual interest to the space. To achieve this, try selecting items of furniture made from different organic materials and positioning them close to one another to create a striking contrast.

Product pick: Featuring a raw concrete base, the raw concrete cylindrical table lamp looks particularly striking when positioned on a traditional wooden table.

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6. Add contemporary artwork

Transforming an interior from traditional to transitional can be as simple as adding some modern artwork to the walls. Select a few pieces of contemporary artwork that you really love to create a striking focal point in your transitional space. Be sure to take a minimalist approach here to ensure your selected artwork can stand out in contrast to your more traditional décor.

Style tip: Position modern wall lights close to your pieces of art to draw attention to them and add to the transitional aesthetic.

Show us your transitional interiors

We’d love to see how you’ve used these transitional interior design ideas to transform your living spaces. Tag us on Instagram @dowsingandreynolds – we can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with!

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