Your ultimate design style guide for Transitional style home decor discusses the style's defining elements and an extensive array of a home exterior and interior photos.
Welcome to the Transitional home decor ideas style guide where you can see photos of all interiors in the Transitional style including kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, foyers and more.
Table of Contents
- Transitional Homes (Exteriors)
- 1. Delightfully Captivating Glen Iris Home By Canny
- 2. SoCal Home with an Open Floor Plan and Soaring 12ft Ceilings
- 3. State-of-the-Art Classic Home with 22-Foot High Grand Foyer and Hideaway Pocket Doors
- 4. Prouve Pavilions (Beach Road 7) – Stunning Beachfront Mansion by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects
- 5. Classic Home with Striking Wallpaper and Rooms with Bold Paint Palette
- 6. Modern Waterway Florida Mansion with an Incredible Kitchen
- 7. Cape Cod Stunner with Soaring Ceilings
- 8. Tudor Home in Roscoe Village Featuring Elegant Coffered Ceilings
- 9. Transitional Architecture Blends with Laid-back Canyon Lifestyle
- 10. Detached 3-Story Single Family Home in Blaine/Southport Corridor
- 11. Transitional Georgian Style Colonial Home by Award Winning Architect Joseph Cugno
- 12. Stone & Shingle Transitional Manor Home in Round Hill, Greenwich
- 13. Luxury Home in Old Short Hills Featuring Open Floor Plan & Clean, Transitional Finishes
- 14. Exquisitely Remodeled Gated Estate in Chandler Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
- 15. Single Family Home with Wide Plank Floors, Custom Millwork, and Designer Window Treatments
- Transitional Interior Examples (by Room)
- What is Transitional Home Decor?
- Distinguishing Design Features
- Décor Accessories
- Why it Looks Great
Transitional Homes (Exteriors)
Check out these spectacular homes showcasing the Transitional style architecture.
1. Delightfully Captivating Glen Iris Home By Canny
This lovely house seems like it has an inner ethereal glow on its white walls contrasted by the dark roofing with a pair of A-frame roofs in front with French windows mirroring those of the ground floor.
This backyard view features a blue pool with lights to make the water glow against the concrete flooring and the white walls of the house exterior that has spot lights pointed at the walls for that ethereal gleam.
2. SoCal Home with an Open Floor Plan and Soaring 12ft Ceilings
This beautiful house will make you want to stop and admire the symmetrical aesthetic of the three parts of the house. The two white portions on the side have flat roofs and wide glass windows. The middle black portion has a gable roof with wooden accents on the entryway.
This is a white interior with an irregular arched white ceiling paired with white walls that house a fireplace within a wooden mantle that mirrors the wooden round dining table surrounded by wooden chairs over a white area against the hardwood flooring.
3. State-of-the-Art Classic Home with 22-Foot High Grand Foyer and Hideaway Pocket Doors
This is a wide and bright house with white walls dominated by large tinted glass windows on both floors as well as second-floor balcony glass doors. This is given a simple landscape foreground of well-manicured grass with medium-sized trees to amplify the aesthetic of the house.
This backyard view emphasizes the pool outlined with concrete that contrasts the green lawn with cushioned lawn chairs. This is a nice view for the second-floor balcony with thin railings against the white walls. These walls are dominated by an abundance of large windows on both upper and lower floors.
4. Prouve Pavilions (Beach Road 7) – Stunning Beachfront Mansion by Hughes Umbanhowar Architects
The coconut trees of the landscape surrounding this house is a perfect fit for the hut-like main entryway with a small round dormer window on the top. This entryway has concrete pillars with creeping vines on the bottom for that lost in the jungle aesthetic of the gray-walled house.
This is a better vantage point of the house that looks like it is made of two over-sized huts with round dormer windows on top. The two hut-like structures are connected by a flat-roofed portion that follows the angles and lines of the white-framed windows and doors.
5. Classic Home with Striking Wallpaper and Rooms with Bold Paint Palette
This tall house has a cheerful palette of light gray on the upper half and white on the lower that is contrasted by the stonewall decoration on the base part. The entryway has a gable roof with a pair of pillars for support flanking the entrance. Above the entryway is a portion of the house with two levels of square windows.
This vantage point shows that the house forms an L shape that makes space for the backyard of green grass lawn with white lawn chairs facing a swimming pool with an outdoor dining area on the side.
6. Modern Waterway Florida Mansion with an Incredible Kitchen
This is a mansion fit for royalty with its immense size filled with white arches and pillars topped with clay roofs where a round viewing deck is towering over the rest of the house. All these are given a nice landscape of trees beside the water scenery.
This is the front view of the house that has white walls and an elegant wrought iron gate paired with a landscape of lush trees and shrubbery as a nice foreground for the large mansion with various-sized windows on its white walls.
7. Cape Cod Stunner with Soaring Ceilings
This brilliant house-wide A-frame roofs and white walls accented with blue elements main door, the accents on the sides of the windows and the railings of the small second-floor balcony above the white garage flanked with wall-mounted lamps.
This amazing house has a white wall separating the front yard from the sidewalk. These white walls have small white posts with lamps flanking the black iron gates with the same design as the balcony railings. The front yard has an aesthetically pleasing outlined slabs of concrete that complements the white exterior of the house.
8. Tudor Home in Roscoe Village Featuring Elegant Coffered Ceilings
This tall house has a facade of two sections. The right portion has the main door made of wood surrounded by a rock finish with beige stairs flanked with black iron railing. The left portion has an A-frame roof and white walls that has the same rock finish on the lower part all the way to the small garden by the basement windows.
This interior has a vibrant wall-mounted painting of a countryside field that stands out against the light gray walls and brilliant white coffered ceiling that is brightened by the abundant natural light coming in from the tall windows behind the pair of cushioned chairs that matches with the beige patterned area rug.
9. Transitional Architecture Blends with Laid-back Canyon Lifestyle
This cheerful house of white walls and blue gable and valley roofing has wide windows on the second floor that are flanked with wall-mounted lamps that match the lamps of the gray garage door with a driveway of concrete with blue linings.
This is a beautiful interior of a great room that contains the living room and the kitchen both with glass walls on the far end leading to the backyard pool. The modern fireplace in the living room is inlaid with black materials that contrast the white walls and large ceiling mirrored by a large white area rug marking the living room’s area.
10. Detached 3-Story Single Family Home in Blaine/Southport Corridor
This three-story house look has brick walls paired with concrete-framed windows and a flat roof with the same concrete ledge as the windows. There is an arched entryway flanked with dark lamps that match the black iron fence surrounding the property.
This is a bright and airy interior with a high white ceiling with a crystal chandelier in the middle that matches with the wall lamps mounted on the pink wall above the white mantle of the white fireplace The gray cushioned sofa set and hardwood flooring are brightened by the tall windows with golden curtains.
11. Transitional Georgian Style Colonial Home by Award Winning Architect Joseph Cugno
This lovely view of the house from the backyard shows a pool surrounded by well-manicured grass with lawn chairs. The light hue of the house makes it stand out against the green scenery and the amazing sunset behind it.
This front view of the house shows its three A-frame roofs partnered with a gable roof that has a pair of small dormer windows in between the three larger A-frame roofs all of which are in a light gray hue that complements the white walls of the house that has abundant windows and contrasts the asphalt driveway leading to the house flanked with lawns of well-manicured lawns.
12. Stone & Shingle Transitional Manor Home in Round Hill, Greenwich
This house has a unique design on its roofs that make it look like a hat the first and second floor have wooden beige walls that are dominated with rows of white framed windows that pair with the white pillars and contrasted by the earthy hue of the roofs. These are all surrounded by a wide lawn of well-manicured grass with lawn chairs.
This view of the front of the house gives you a closer look at that unique roofing and the detached three-bay garage with a gable and valley roofing paired with stone walls and chocolate brown garage doors. It faces a spacious concrete driveway with enough space for a half basketball court in front of the house.
13. Luxury Home in Old Short Hills Featuring Open Floor Plan & Clean, Transitional Finishes
This house looks amazing. It seems like it came straight out of the architect’s sketchpad with its vivid lines that stand out against the stark white walls as well as those sleek tinted windows with dark shutters. The entryway has pillars for support and gives a quality of grandeur to the wooden main door.
This view gives a nice view of the windows above the entryway that is different than the rest of the house’s windows. It has an arched middle portion flanked by two rectangular ones. The roofing of the house shows four dormer windows facing the front and each has A-frame roofs. The gray material of the roofing matches with the simple gravel and shrub landscape surrounding the house.
14. Exquisitely Remodeled Gated Estate in Chandler Boulevard, Sherman Oaks
This is a simple house with not much fuss to it with its block-like shape in a light palette paired with flat roofing with dark outlines on the side pairing with the railings of the two small second-floor balconies. These balconies are flanking the gable roof of the entryway that has a pair of white columns guarding the wooden door.
This view of the house features a foreground of a lush green lawn with a couple of trees for serene scenery that perfectly fits with the aesthetic of the house. The wooden main door that has a dark hue contrasts the white garage door that has a wall-mounted lamp on the side.
15. Single Family Home with Wide Plank Floors, Custom Millwork, and Designer Window Treatments
This lovely brick home is adorned with multiple windows accented with concrete details on top to complement the flat roofs of three sections of the house exterior. The elegant wooden main door has sidelights and transom windows of glass panels contrasting the surrounding concrete framing of the entryway that matches the pillars guarding the door.
This elegant interior emphasizes the elevated fireplace housed in a massive column of rock flanked by windows that bring in natural lights to the beige sofa set, a simple wooden coffee table over the colorful patterned area rug that covers most of the hardwood flooring that matches the wooden molding of the white ceiling.
Transitional Interior Examples (by Room)
The following are photo examples of Transitional style interiors (room-by-room). Below each photo are links that take you to extensive Transitional style photo galleries for each room.
This amazing white living room of white walls and the white ceiling is complemented by blue velvet cushioned long sofas flanking the modern coffee table paired with a modern fireplace inlaid in a column of white marble.
The hardwood flooring that has a herringbone pattern is a nice complement to the chocolate brown cabinets and drawers of the kitchen island and peninsula with a modern oven that has a matching metallic vent hood over it.
This dining room has lovely velvet green-backed chairs with black seats perfectly contrasting the golden trimmed modern dining table matching the golden modern chandelier that shines due to the natural light coming in from the curtained windows.
This simple bedroom has an elegant golden chandelier with crystal accents hanging from the white ceiling that blends with the white walls. This is paired with a white cottage bed that contrasts the hardwood flooring with a herringbone pattern.
The white marble flooring of this bathroom pairs well with the freestanding bathtub that is placed in an alcove of white walls with marble wainscoting that matches the flooring. There is an elegant dark wooden two-sink vanity across from the bathtub that has a white marble countertop the same as the floor.
This brilliant foyer has shiny white marble flooring that has a pattern of black lines perfectly contrasting the white wooden door and walls as well as the white tray ceiling that supports a semi-flush crystal lighting that elevates the elegance of the foyer.
What is Transitional Home Decor?
Think you like some of the aspects of contemporary design, mid-century modern style, and some of the design elements of traditional design? Well, then, you’re looking at the transitional style of things. This is where you’re going to get some more modern aspects in a simplistic sense but you’re also going to get a little more of the classic elegance to go along with it. The idea is to have something simple and functional that is also very sophisticated and helps provide a comfortable space for you and your family. You’ll find a whole lot of options here and a lot of diverse styles to match the diverse structure.
Distinguishing Design Features
The most distinguishing features of this particular design style are going to be the serene style of colors that range from dark browns to pale beige and ivory colors. You’re also going to find more minimalist options here, which is where the contemporary style starts to shine through. You won’t’ have a lot of extra accessories and pieces but you will have very stylish ones. The traditional style shows in some of the furniture aspects where you’ll often find more overstuffed couches and chairs. You’ll find the wood floors and accents work well with both designs and help to highlight both types of elements.
There are all types of different materials here and you’ll find all different textures to go along with it. There will be fabrics like linen and cotton primarily and a lot of wood in just about everything including accent pieces and flooring. This and rugs are going to be very standard with this type of style and the entire thing is going to be balanced out with light and dark colors to complement each other. The fabrics are going to have a range of different patterns that will highlight both the traditional and contemporary styles within your space which can be plain, solid colors, stripes, polka dots, and a whole lot more. Keep in mind that minimalism and simplicity are also part of the key aspects which are going to help shape the design choices.
The furniture in this style is going to be reminiscent of each of the design styles and though it’s primarily going to be wood-based furniture with fabric coverings you can find some that are completely wood or even some types of metal. It’s usually going to be natural in style meaning more wood tones and simplicity but you can find a little more extravagant pieces as well. The main focus is going to be on comfort because this is one area that the traditional side of things tends to shine through. You could also have some curved and some straight pieces, as well as masculine and feminine techniques that combine together to create each individual piece. The main aspect is that everything is slightly oversized but enough only to feel comfortable rather than to feel overbearing or overwhelming.
The design and decorative pieces that you’ll find are going to be more minimal because they’re typically based more on the contemporary side of things. You’ll find things like potted plants, black and white pictures, and frames or even small candlesticks. The décor will generally match and flow together quite well and it’s also going to flow well with the other pieces. You’ll find more elegant aspects in the decorative pieces to help highlight the elegance throughout the more traditional style but everything is done more simply.
Most pieces are going to be smaller or dainty in size or in number to avoid overwhelming the room with a lot of accessories. You’ll find that there are not as many knick-knacks or accent pieces as space is kept open and clean lines are arranged throughout. This is all intended to provide a more spacious approach which is common in the contemporary style. By combining a few elements from each aspect you’re going to have a little bit of everything in the way of accessories. Simplicity is important, however, so make sure you’re not going to overdo it with the pieces you pick out.
Why it Looks Great
This is a great look because it combines the best aspects of both styles. You’re going to have simple lines and spaces as well as some more sophisticated and elegant pieces that add a little bit of a feminine touch. You get some balance between the modern and the traditional and that’s definitely going to create a style that feels a little bit eclectic but slightly more toned down. The main idea is to get sophistication but not feel too old-fashioned at the same time. It’s great for those who like a little bit of everything but like to keep the colors and the tone down a little.
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