Maybe a “traditional” living room of tall taffeta drapes, heavy fabrics, and porcelain figurines seems stiff to you. And maybe a modern room of harsh edges and no cushions doesn’t found very fun, either.
If your taste falls somewhere in the middle, your favorite design style actually has a name: transitional.
This look is perfect for anyone who feels like traditional design is a bit too stuffy, but steers clear of contemporary for fear it’s too cold and stark.
“Transitional style has cleaner lines, sleek profiles, and a more modern aesthetic without wiping out all the traditional details. In transitional spaces, there are nods to both modern elements and traditional elements,” says interior designer Barbara Schmidt. It’s proof that you can, actually, have the best of both worlds.
Bringing in elements from two drastically different design styles might seem like it would result in something purposefully loud or wacky, but the look is actually pretty mellow. Pieces typically feature simple, clean lines, are symmetrical, and err more on the side of minimalism.
“Some core transitional features would be painted out molding, open floor plans, shaker cabinet doors, and taller ceiling heights. A lot of farmhouse styles feel transitional,” Schmidt says.