The transitional design style is one of the most popular styles today. A marriage between contemporary design with more traditional decorating principles, transitional design is a pleasing compromise. 

This style first came into being in the 1950s as a response to mid-century modern styles that had dominated the sphere. In recent years, transitional design has surged again as a backlash to the heavy molding and woodwork popular in the English Country and Tuscan design trends of the early 2000s. And this design is still very in-demand today! Want a little more information so you can determine your design style? Here’s a closer look into transitional design.

Who Transitional Design Is For

Many individuals who like classic design elements without the fussiness of traditional decor — or the coldness of modern style — may like transitional styles. In addition, those who find modern style too sterile or cold-looking may gravitate toward the slightly warmer transitional style. It’s a sophisticated style that still feels approachable.

Ultimately, if you find you like elements of both classic and contemporary styles, this is the style for you.

Color Palette

Transitional style is generally neutral and earth-toned. Think whites, greys, dark browns, taupes, and vanilla. More recently, bold and deep colors such as charcoal and midnight blue have started trending.

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Furniture profiles may have slightly rounded or gently tapered lines. The combination of curved and straight lines balance masculine and feminine design styles. Depending on the room, you may choose a statement piece of furniture that the rest of the design can balance. The size of your furniture should be comfortable but not overwhelm the room, and in fabrics that are textured and made for functionality.


While transitional design is not minimalist, necessarily, accessories are chosen very carefully. They should serve a purpose, exude personality, and accent the rest of your home. While a transitional color palette may be more neutral, feel free to have more fun with your accessories. Metallic accents in one metal finish can add a beautiful and contemporary touch to your space. 

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How to Achieve Transitional Style in Your Home Remodel

In your kitchen and bathroom specifically, there are many ways to achieve a transitional design. 


While choosing cabinets, select a flat-panel shaker door style, which incorporates clean and simple lines. 


Choose a timeless glass backsplash tile, which will complement your space beautifully. White, grey, and seafoam are popular backsplash colors right now.

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Contemporary hardware — especially in a matte black or brass finish — can add a beautiful and functional touch to your space. 


For appliances and hoods, select stainless steel, which can create a big impact in your kitchen while still ensuring it’ll be popular for years to come. 

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Wood Accents

And softer, more traditional elements like crown molding, wood flooring, and wood-toned islands create warmth to your space.

Are you ready to begin your remodel project? Looking for help determining your design style? RSI’s design team is ready to talk with you! Contact us to schedule your design consultation or visit one of our home remodeling showrooms today.