How to create a Transitional Living Room

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Transitional style in home decor is having a moment, and it’s a stunning decorating style that suits many tastes. Transitional-styled kitchens have been trending for some time, but now the transitional living room is in the spotlight and it’s a beautiful look. Here’s how to get it!

Transitional Living Room

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First of all, what IS transitional home decor style?

Transitional style is a combination of both traditional and modern home styles. It often includes the symmetry, classic accessories and wall trim details of traditional decor with the clean lines, neutral colors and simplicity of modern decor. (Want more info on the different decor styles or need help finding your own? Click right here!)

There are many designers and decorators that do an incredible job with this style. Here are some of my favourite transitional living rooms:


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A good example of a transitional style

Transitional living room with dark gray couch, white walls, traditional light fixture and fireplace.

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This photo of a living room is a good example of transitional interior design style. Why? The arched window, floor-to-ceiling drapes, substantial curtain rods, wood floors and fireplace all have a traditional look. Mix those elements with the more modern sofa, sculptural plant, bold artwork and neutral colours and we have a transitional look.

What’s a neutral color? It’s a color that can go with anything like white, black, taupe, brown, grey and sometimes navy blue. Get more info on color theory in home decor right here.

Transitional Living Room

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How to create a transitional living room

To create this look in your own living room, follow these simple steps:

    1. Start your design with a simple area rug over natural-look flooring.
    2. Choose neutral colored armchairs, accent chairs, and other furniture in streamlined shapes.
    3. Keep your walls a neutral color and consider adding trim detail like board & batten or picture rails.
    4. Layer in a mix of antique, thrifted and modern accessories.
    5. Add interest with pattern and texture in pillows and throws.
    6. Make a statement with either a traditional or modern looking light fixture in a bold shape.

Easy Spring decor ideas for your living room that are simple and budget friendly.

My own living room here is pretty darn close to transitional in style, with its round coffee table, traditional furniture, thrifted vases on the mantel, and bold light fixture. But I can’t help adding pops of colour into my home. If my sofa sectional was grey or white and my cushions were a patterned neutral instead of a colourful floral, I’d consider this room transitional too. My color palette is just a little different, but I know what I love and I think it works well in this space!

Transitional Living Room

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What do you think: Do you like this style or do you prefer something different? Have fun decorating!

Transitional Living Room


  1. What a fun style! I like that it blends a bunch of “favorite things” together in one room. Different decades can blend beautifully. Thank you for the tips on how to achieve this look.. it’s cozy and homey?

    1. I’ve often thought that Transitional style was giving a name to the way most people decorate. When we start with some coffee table that our Aunt was giving away, finally finding an affordable couch that’s our own kind of cozy, photos we love, pillows that make it all work together, and a piece of art that makes our heart sing. Thanks for the added guidance, I’ll be putting it to good use.

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