What is a Transitional Style Home?

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The transitional home style is becoming more popular as homeowners embrace bold hybrid designs that tastefully merge the best of traditional and contemporary aesthetics.

When caught between distinctly different design styles, homeowners find comfort in the uniqueness of an approach that’s hybrid in nature. Welcome to the transitional home style.

Growing in popularity, transitional design pays homage to both contemporary and traditional home styles. For a home builder, it means creating built environments that have an element of surprise. For a home buyer, it means transforming a home’s interior with tasteful, restrained elements of whatever suits them—traditional or contemporary. The effect? A pleasing look that’s fresh, familiar, and tailored to the homeowner.

What is Transitional Style?

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This design style is not entirely modern, it is not classic either. There is no pride of 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

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

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Neutral Colors with Textured Elements The transitional color palette is meant to invoke a clean and serene atmosphere that is relaxing and uncomplicated. It relies on warm neutrals, such as taupe, tan, vanilla, cream, or khaki with dark browns or grays as accents.

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