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The hardwood flooring of this Transitional-Style living room is mostly covered by the colorful patterned area rug that complements the fireplace that is inlaid in a large column of stone that is flanked by windows brightening the beige sofa set.
This living room has beige sofas and cushioned chairs facing a glass-top table by the TV that is mounted on a large wooden structure dominating the wall with built-in cabinets and drawers blending with the hardwood flooring.
The beige carpeted flooring matches with the beige walls and sofas that have colorful throw pillows. These beige elements are contrasted by the wooden console table with cabinets that matches the TV mounted on the wall above.
The dark hardwood flooring of this charming living room is a nice contrast for the white coffered ceiling that opens up to a section with a high ceiling and walls filled with tall windows and doors illuminating the fireplace and the sofa set.
This is a bright and airy living room 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.
This is a charming and elegant white living room white its fireplace housed in a white wooden structure that also supports the mount of the TV facing the Gray L-shaped sectional sofa with a round cushioned ottoman for a coffee table.
This living room 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.
This cozy living room has a wide white ceiling paired with a wide hardwood flooring. Space is enough for two long couches and four chairs surrounding a glass-top coffee table by the fireplace inlaid in black stone.
There is a large framed painting mounted on the white wall above the cushioned light gray couch facing a round glass-top table and a couple of rustic woven chairs over a gray area couch and wooden ceiling with four sunroofs.
This bright and airy living room has white walls paired with tall windows flanking the white mantle of the fireplace facing the glass-top coffee table in the middle of two white couches paired with a white area rug over the hardwood flooring.
The brilliant white ceiling is contrasted by a couple of large exposed wooden beams that match with the hardwood flooring and the wooden coffee table surrounded white couches and a couple of beige leather cushioned armchairs.
This living room is in a comfortable nook of white walls and white tray ceiling. The white L-shaped sofa fits comfortably in the corner by the French windows adorned with a wall-mounted painting that matches the area rug as well as a potted plant in the other corner.
This living room’s bright and airy quality is due to the high white cathedral ceiling and the wall-high sliding glass doors illuminating the white sofa set adorned with a wall-mounted painting just above the white wainscoting.
The wide hardwood flooring of this living room is paired with a white tray ceiling with recessed lights that illuminate the light gray walls contrasted by the wall that contains the TV and fireplace which has a bamboo-like finish on its wallpaper.
This eclectic blue-walled living room has a matching blue ceiling with golden centers in its trays. The blue walls are also matched with blue sofas over a large white patterned area rug and the hardwood flooring.
The white sofas and modern armchairs are perfectly suited for the white ceiling and walls accented with a fireplace that has a brown marble mantle topped with a lovely painting flanked with windows and wall-mounted lamps.
This small living room maximizes its small floor area with a navy blue area rug covering the hardwood flooring. This is topped with a beige couch, blue armchairs and ottomans surrounding a white-top coffee table.
The brilliant white ceiling with pin light is perfectly paired with the white walls that are contrasted by the large TV on the low cabinet with shelves. This is complemented by the blue L-shaped sofa over the gray area patterned rug.
This simple living room has a white ceiling and walls contrasted by the TV on a white console table facing the curved white couch and its wood-topped coffee table over the beige area rug of the hardwood flooring.
The elegance of the white wooden finish of the walls is matched with a high white cove ceiling with recessed lights that illuminate the modern glass-top coffee table in the middle of the gray worn area rug flanked by two blue cushioned armchairs.
This is a lovely set up for a living that has white walls and a white ceiling. The gray couch is placed by a corner with a potted plant and a glass window above facing a wood-top coffee table in the middle of a white area rug that contrasts the hardwood flooring.
The colorful painting mounted on the white wall above the L-shaped sofa brings a dash of color to the white ceiling and light gray area rug bearing a modern glass-top coffee table.
This living room has an amazing beauty in its simplicity of a wooden ceiling, walls, and flooring that make it seem like in a wooden box but it fights off claustrophobia with one wall dominated by a glass window illuminating the light gray L-shaped sectional sofa and its white area rug.
This living room exudes elegance despite its eccentricity. The white tray ceiling is paired with white walls dominated by a large gray marble panel housing the modern fireplace flanked with gray armchairs and a red velvet cushioned sofa facing a modern two-tier coffee table.
The white walls and white ceiling are adorned with dashes of color from the pair of wall-mounted paintings and the orange sofa facing the TV housed in a white wooden structure with cabinets and shelves.
This elegant living room has a piano in the corner beside the white mantle of the fireplace that has a glass covering that is perfectly paired with the mounted mirror with golden frames as well as the classical painting in the corner by the blue couch.
The beige stone structure that houses the fireplace is a nice complement to the light gray walls and tray ceiling with a brilliant crystal lighting over the glass-top coffee table by the light gray L-shaped sofa and its gray patterned area rug.
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.
This small living room amps up its comfort quality with a white sofa set illuminated by the surrounding windows with potted plants lining the bottom of the black frames that match the modern pendant light and the modern fireplace.
This living room has an irregular ceiling with multiple spherical pendant lights hanging over the glass-top coffee table of the light blue L-shaped sofa surrounded by natural lights coming from the abundant windows.
The sofa is built into the wall within a wooden structure that has cabinets flanking the black marble mantle of the fireplace that stands out against the white walls and hardwood flooring with a peculiar white cloud-shaped area rug.
A brilliant golden chandelier is hanging from the white ceiling of this living room that has a gray sectional sofa facing a large wooden structure that with cabinets and shelves blending in with the hardwood flooring mostly covered with a gray patterned area rug.
The modern white chandelier hanging over the modern glass coffee table is a nice contrast to the classical grand piano paired with a fireplace with an elegant mantle with a golden framed mirror across from the classical painting over the gray sofa.
The large L-shaped brown leather sofa is perfectly complemented by the wall-mounted framed painting of a brown horse on the gray wall contrasted by the white ceiling and its black ceiling fan over the wood-top coffee table.
This living room has a white high ceiling paired with a wall of glass with a glass door leading to the balcony with an amazing city view. The hardwood flooring is topped with a gray area rug and couch facing the TV standing on a wooden platform.
The white tray ceiling is complemented by the large dome window on the side that features an amazing over-looking view of the city. The pair of gray couches flanking the modern white-top coffee table is marked by the gray area rug.
This living room has a white tray ceiling paired with hardwood flooring topped with a white and gray patterned area rug contrasting the wooden legs of the white sofa set and wooden coffee table facing the modern fireplace in a gray structure with a painting on top.
The brilliant tall windows behind the gray velvet sofa set appear gray combined with the natural lights making it match the gray walls and light gray area rug underneath the modern glass coffee table that has a dark wooden body.
This simple living room has a traditional fireplace with a white marble mantle beside the built-in shelves with books and decorations and the lowest shelf for the firewood. This setup is paired with a white sofa facing a pair of rustic woven wicker chairs and a dark wooden coffee table.
The hardwood flooring of this living room is topped with a white woven area rug that matches the high white cathedral ceiling with exposed wooden beams and a modern chandelier. The airy quality is augmented by the glass wall on one side illuminating the living room with natural light.
The light gray cathedral ceiling has a single exposed wooden beam in the middle that matches well with the comfortable brown sofa and brown leather armchair facing the block wooden coffee table over the white area rug.
The white tray ceiling is perfectly paired with beige walls that have white wainscoting and adorned with a couple of colorful paintings mounted above the brown leather armchairs that matches with the hardwood flooring.
The large gray sectional couch is facing the fireplace inlaid with beige stone and has a white mantle that blends in with the white walls and white tray ceiling that is contrasted by the dark hardwood flooring.
This icy white living room with white patterned walls that match with the white area rug is paired with a modern glass table surrounded by a white sofa set and a couple of cylindrical silver stools that pair with the hood of the standing lamp at the corner.
This gorgeous living room has a white tray ceiling paired with light gray walls and hardwood flooring. There are splashes of color around the room like the colorful painting, blue pillows on the gray sofa as well as purple ones.
The white cove ceiling is paired with a wall dominated by a white wooden structure that houses the fireplace with a black mantle that is flanked with built-in shelves and cabinets. This is a complement to the light gray sofa and a couple of wingback chairs.
This simple living has beige walls adorned with framed wall-mounted artworks and a TV facing the wood-top coffee table hat has dark iron legs pairing with the legs of the couch and white leather chair over the area rug that contrasts the hardwood flooring.
The stand-out element of this living room is the wall that is dominated by a large photograph of tree branches serving as background for the white wooden checkered structure beside a painting of a woman’s face by the white cushioned armchair.
This simple beige living room has beige walls and flooring illuminated by the yellow light coming from the ceiling and the natural light of the curtained windows behind the beige cushioned sofa.
The beige patterned area rug over the black wooden flooring is contrasted by the black wooden coffee table surrounded by beige cushioned armchairs and a gray two-seater sofa that stands out against the white walls and white ceiling.
The white sofa set is adorned with yellow patterned throw pillows that match with the yellow walls and ceiling augmented by the yellow lights of the lamp by the corner as well as the recessed lights in the ceiling.
An amazing modern crystal semi-flush light hangs over the gray L-shaped sofa facing a redwood wall that houses both the modern fireplace and the TV contrasted by a white tray ceiling.
The green patterned area rug is a nice background for the glass chandelier above the glass coffee table surrounded by two white sofas and a couple of upholstered wingback armchairs with black lining.
If you find that the Traditional style for your living room is too formal, but a Contemporary style is a little too minimalist, the Transitional style may have all the elements you want when designing your living room.
Out of the 916,645, living rooms and 18 styles analyzed, 13.49 percent (or 123,633) have a Transitional style.
Understanding Transitional Style
The Transitional style can be best described as a “happy medium” between Contemporary and Traditional styles. While both Contemporary and Traditional have many great elements that can make a living room feel comfortable and an ideal place for gathering, both styles can be a little too much (or too little) for some homeowners.
Living rooms with a Traditional style typically look and feel formal. All the fabrics, from the accent pillows to the drapes, either match or complement each other. While the Traditional style can be beautiful, it can be less than inviting or comfortable for people who just want to kick back and relax.
Contemporary styled living rooms are the opposite of Traditional living rooms but can be equally uncomfortable or uninviting for some. Contemporary style is “funky” and minimal. The furniture is simple, and most Contemporary living rooms opt-out of matching accessories or even hanging drapes.
As you look through our Transitional Design Gallery, you will see how the style might be “just right” for many homeowners.
The In-Between Style
Like many styles, the Transitional style may be open to interpretation, depending on the personal preferences of the homeowner, but the style is truly designed to be “in-between” Traditional and Contemporary.
This means that colors throughout the living room are neutral and furniture is neither too ornate or too rigid. Rather than having matching lamps and vases, or none at all, a Transitional style may have a few accessories that pay homage to either Traditional or Contemporary.
Not Too Showy
Transitional living rooms are also a suitable place to showcase eye-catching accessories that are eclectic, vintage, or that add a pop of color to the soft and subtle colors throughout the living room.
As we mentioned earlier, a Transitional style living room should be comfortable and welcoming. Transitional living rooms are perfect for formal gathering with work colleagues as well as an impromptu hang out with friends. While the style can still look “put together” it can also look like space where one wants to spend the afternoon lounging around and enjoying the quiet space.
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