Our Favorite Transitional Rooms
Understated yet eye-catching color combinations, myriad textures, a clever mix of masculine and feminine, and deft pairings of modern and traditional: There’s a reason transitional rooms have always been some of our favorites. It’s not a fear of commitment. Rather, it’s our belief that the best way to create a room is to draw from different eras, styles, and influences to create a space that feels perfectly collected, timeless, and chic. Read on to see some of our favorite transitional rooms around.
This home embodies our idea of chic transitional décor. A dark sofa, polished concrete floors, and colossal steel-framed doors and windows create a subtly masculine and industrial foundation that is balanced by softer elements like a timeless jute rug and small pink accents. Touches of greenery and simple gallery-white walls all work to create a layered, timeless space that could be housed in a storied Spanish-style estate or a contemporary stone-and-steel manse. Can you guess which one it is?
Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
This little nook is far from minimal, despite its spare furnishings. A modern chair topped with a playful fur throw is a fun addition to this classic New York apartment, ensuring that the space, with its austere yet beautiful fireplace, doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Courtesy of Jute Home
An entirely neutral color story doesn’t mean you’re playing it safe. In this living area, soft linens, sumptuous faux furs, luxe velvets, and reclaimed wood all play their part to tell the story of an impressive vintage-inspired space.
Courtesy of Juan Ignacio Castiello Arquitectos
Although this sprawling living room contains a plethora of decorative accents, it feels incredibly restful and unstudied, thanks to the cream-colored furniture in natural fibers; generous use of reclaimed wood in the accent wall and tables; and organically shaped vases that populate the space. The stone wall peeking out from either side of the space adds another natural element that picks up the tones used throughout the interior, making it feel like an extension of the room.
Courtesy of Nicole Gibbons Studio
A slightly more feminine take on the transitional style, this kitchen’s original dark-wood molding, sleek chandelier, and unique floors prevent the space from feeling too girly. The inclusion of ’70s-style bamboo Chippendale counter stools with cushions in a happy yellow hue and an in-room bar add an irreverent and festive touch.
The original mantle, French-inspired mirror, and preppy roll-arm sofa all speak to this home’s century-old vibe. But the geometric rug, glass chandelier, and decidedly contemporary floor lamps keep this space feeling at once modern and timeless.
via Nuevo Estilo
This living room expertly pairs relaxed cottage-like furnishings with modern features like a concrete floor and simple black barstools. These elements create a muted base that is nicely complemented by punches of red and graffiti-inspired art that picks up the colors used in the room.
Courtesy of Ensemble Architecture
This kitchen gets its transitional label thanks to its reclaimed wood beams, classic shaker cabinets painted a modern gray, and industrial lighting choices. The beautiful tile floors feel antique, collected, and unexpectedly warm, despite their moody tone. The wall of steel-framed windows at the far end of the room prevents the kitchen from feeling dark and cramped, despite its low ceilings, and speaks to the place kitchens occupy in our lives as the center of the home.
Courtesy of Shiflet Group Architects
This bright home in Austin pays tribute to its farmhouse roots with large black pendant lamps, a substantial reclaimed wood table, and comfy leather dining chairs. On their own, this space would feel a bit too rustic. But the polished concrete floors, open shelving, and industrial bar stools make the space feel stylish and current.
This bedroom feels at once understated and incredibly luxe. Various layers of complementary gray fabric, antique windows, and vintage artwork tell a story that feels woven with history and purpose. This mix of contemporary and pre-20th-century pieces in subtle tones and resplendent textures make way for the statement-making midcentury chair but are supple enough to stand on their own.