Transitional Interior Design | Design Styles Explained – Transitional Design Tips

Transitional Interior Design | Design Styles Explained – Transitional Design Tips

In today’s video we’re discussing the most popular yet misunderstood design style out there right now – Transitional. This is my series “Decoding Design Styles” helping you define the direction of your decor. This video (highly requested!) will define the Transitional interior design style, go over the history, key elements, design philosophy, and where to gather inspiration. I will also beak down how to make Transitional easy to achieve in your own home by sharing new and secondhand sources including how to shop for Transitional in your own home.

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00:00 Introduction
00:29 What is Transitional Style?
01:08 History and Origins of the Style
01:53 Key Elements of Transitional Interior Design
01:59 Color Palette
02:19 Walls
02:38 Windows
03:00 Furniture
03:53 Textiles
04:55 Artwork
05:44 Lighting
06:13 Accessories
06:52 Design Philosophy
07:00 Balance
07:36 Comfort
08:09 Contemporary
09:24 Where to Gather Inspiration
11:17 How Do We Make Transitional Easy to Achieve?
12:33 Source it New
13:17 Source it Secondhand
14:09 Shop Your Own Home
14:58 Is this Transitional for You?
16:12 What to Watch Next

THANKS SO MUCH TO Amber Lewis, Amber Interiors, Shoppe Amber Interiors, Shea McGee, Studio McGee, McGee & Co., Apartment Therapy, HGTV, Laura U Design Collective, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, My Domaine, The Spruce, Sabina Interiors, Laura Design & Co., and Rue Magazine.

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  1. verah ajekie on September 21, 2022 at 5:18 am

    I think leclair decor and studio mcgee are some of the transitional decor brands rightπŸ˜…

  2. Mariana Constantinou on September 21, 2022 at 5:20 am

    Well well well! Have been so stuck for so long!!!! Finally found my style!! This is so me!!! Thanks for the educational video! πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

  3. jerseygirlmillie on September 21, 2022 at 5:20 am

    Well, perhaps I am more eclectic.πŸ€” The modern bent is not quite me. Your well researched tips and photos were helpful. Maybe an eclectic deep dive video next? πŸ˜‚

  4. Ashley Lee on September 21, 2022 at 5:20 am

    I have never been able to describe my style until I saw this. It also gave me some design ideas. Also thank you for wearing a microphone, I am hard of hearing and it made it so much easier to hear you enunciate words without having to read your lips or the captions.

  5. Asha Kuldip on September 21, 2022 at 5:21 am

    Thanks a lot for a great video.

  6. Conny Hanson on September 21, 2022 at 5:23 am

    This is the most bland and boring and generic style. If you are going to mix traditional and modern you always should pick pieces that are definitely traditional and definitely modern. Not this in between bland boring pieces. It looks great to have typical Art Deco chairs with a traditional sofa with typical 1700 style antique tables.

  7. Pat Campisano on September 21, 2022 at 5:29 am

    Thank you thank you thank you very much! You helped me identify my style, giving me confidence in it. I wasn’t sure before I found you. What a relief!

  8. Lillian Graham on September 21, 2022 at 5:32 am

    coastal /eclectic ,coastal/transitional ("Florida style " )

  9. Lauren on September 21, 2022 at 5:32 am

    Omg this video helped me sooo much! Thank you!!! My husband and I have a few pieces of traditional furniture that were handed down to us from our grandparents and I feel like I’ve been in a design rut not knowing how to decorate around them. Transitional sounds like the perfect happy medium and with the knowledge and advice you gave in this video, I feel way more comfortable decorating the space and making it more me! πŸ˜€πŸ™Œ

  10. Karen Feaster on September 21, 2022 at 5:34 am

    Thank you this was great! This is definitely my style

  11. Real Girl on September 21, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Very informative without making me feel shamed into a strict design style. You just educate your viewers and that’s why I like your videos. I think I would like to see more eclectic videos and you could show how different peoples homes can be in that style. 😁

  12. Milla Cull on September 21, 2022 at 5:35 am

    Thank you for an explanation. I always like the style ( hotel/ spa resort) as I would explain it , You defined my style

  13. Hazel James on September 21, 2022 at 5:36 am

    Had no idea I was transitional. I love this video. Have watched it 3 times and will watch again and again.

  14. marilyn rafla on September 21, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Mostly me, I just put the print on the curtains instead of the rug. I also like a touch of coastal vibe in the color palette not by displaying sea shells. Now it makes sense that I love the studio McGee collection in target and control myself not to bring everything home, since I like minimal display.
    Would love to see your take on costal and how to blend it with different styles. And maybe how to blend kids stuff in grown-up’s space for each design style (I don’t find enough inspiration for that except in Ikea catalog which is not my style)

  15. Svet-Lana on September 21, 2022 at 5:38 am

    Great informative video, I’m definitely a translational style. Love clean, uncluttered lines but welcoming and cozy at the same

  16. laitae on September 21, 2022 at 5:40 am

    Another excellent video, you’re always so thorough and good at presenting (thanks to your teaching experience I think). I wonder where the image from 6:34 comes from? I know that it adds more work, but perhaps in the future you could start adding sources?

  17. David Owen Creates on September 21, 2022 at 5:41 am

    I love the way you explained everything and gave so much information on this. Thank you so much for sharing!!

  18. Nina Stepanyan-Gandilyan on September 21, 2022 at 5:42 am

    I’m happy that I found your channel!

  19. Elzimelzi on September 21, 2022 at 5:42 am

    I absolutely loved this video. For so long I have had such a hard time working out what my design style was, but suspected it was transitional. I’ve seen many videos about the style, but never came out of watching them being confident that it was how I likes to style my home. You provided not just a detailed description, but the photos along with it have confirmed my style is indeed transitional. Subscribed!

  20. Marianela Saravia-Hurley on September 21, 2022 at 5:42 am

    Amazing teaching skills! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I do feel much more empowered in making decisions in this scary interior design beast!

  21. Lorena H on September 21, 2022 at 5:43 am

    I had no idea I was decorating my home in this style.

  22. Dopaco Geter on September 21, 2022 at 5:47 am

    A lot of people think that they can design their own homes and have them look and feel is often not ‘s better

  23. Lindsay Living on September 21, 2022 at 5:47 am

    You asked for it! πŸ˜ƒ Today I’m sharing a deep dive into one of the most popular design styles out there right now – and the most highly requested on this channel – TRANSITIONAL. Would you try it in your home? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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  24. on September 21, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Loved this video!

  25. Peace Of Refuge on September 21, 2022 at 5:51 am

    This was filled with so much inspiration.

  26. Beverly Norris on September 21, 2022 at 5:52 am

    This is definitely my style. I am redoing my living room and this video is great for inspiration! Thank you!

  27. kelleyhasapis1 on September 21, 2022 at 5:52 am

    Love this video! I definitely feel like I lean this way in decorating.

  28. Xenia Boutchard on September 21, 2022 at 5:54 am

    With all these blank walls my heart was aching for pattern and geometrics! Can you do Mid Century Modern next, please?

  29. Barbara Mallow on September 21, 2022 at 5:57 am

    I love transitional style and this is the best video I’ve seen explaining the concept. It blends theory with practical application, which is key to being able to implement it yourself. Love that you name specific stores, designers and other sources for inspiration. One suggestion… put links to these things in your comments section to make it easier for viewers to explore. Also links to your own videos on this same design style. Thanks so much! Nicely done and very helpful!

  30. Trenton Trenton on September 21, 2022 at 6:00 am

    As a place where we spend most our time, a home should feel and look just like a, a professional interior designers, is the best did an amazing job on my second time using them.

  31. Tayamiz on September 21, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Looks more minimalist and modern to me than trasitional, also it’s toooo afraid of colours.. Too safe!

  32. Eddie Alva on September 21, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Greetings from PerΓΊ, the land of the Machu Pichu. Biggest thank you.

  33. Terri on September 21, 2022 at 6:05 am

    Great video! It made me realize I lean toward this style. Never knew that before. It doesn’t seem to have any whimsy to it though and I like to add that in art etc.

  34. Janelle Kendall on September 21, 2022 at 6:06 am

    I finally feel complete!! I have a name for my style…. transitional!! πŸ™
    All of these beautiful examples, I have in my own home. But I have struggled with describing my style to people. This video I chanced upon… light bulb moment! Thank you x

  35. Flowers From on September 21, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Thank you for the inspiring illustrations! Is it just me, or the quality of the sound could be improved?

  36. Brittney Fruge on September 21, 2022 at 6:07 am

    Omg! This is a video I didn’t even know I needed. I feel like my style is a mix of Shea McGee and Amber Louis. This was perfect and so educational! Thank you!!

  37. Mary Contreras on September 21, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Love this video! Your video confirmed this is my style. My husband loves traditional and I like modern. I have mixed both and now I am in style.

  38. Jocelyn D on September 21, 2022 at 6:08 am

    Awesome! Thank you so much for this great topic.πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  39. Kim Drew on September 21, 2022 at 6:09 am

    eclectic please

  40. Megan on September 21, 2022 at 6:09 am

    I have seen several videos of designers trying to explain this style and all of them are different! It had me so confused!! This is the first video where I feel like i got a clear, comprehensive understanding of what transitional actually is. I think I am doing it right πŸ˜„πŸ€ž

    Edit: spelling

  41. Thakur Shourya Pratap Singh on September 21, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Rustic+contemporary vibe plz

  42. Jal Ferrer on September 21, 2022 at 6:10 am

    My large bay windows in both the living and dining rooms will have light beige/grayish motorized blinds. But I wanted neutral/white, sheer/light-feel type of drapes that don’t close but just β€œcrown” the bay windows. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. I’m getting opposition to my ideas but I think it would lighten the space that already has wood floors, a dark walnut dining table and sideboard.

  43. D.A. Williams on September 21, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Thank you so much for the depth of clear and complete information. Its such a professional presentation.

  44. Amanda Bremner on September 21, 2022 at 6:12 am

    Is that pacific NW Coast art behind you?

  45. Dopaco Geter on September 21, 2022 at 6:13 am

    A lot of people think that they can design their own homes and have them look and feel is often not ‘s better

  46. Tony Jhaaa on September 21, 2022 at 6:13 am

    Boring. Useless talking

  47. mechavoom on September 21, 2022 at 6:14 am

    You’ve described everything I couldn’t put my finger on. Great video! This will definitely help me decorate my new home!

  48. Neisi Hornaday, Esq. on September 21, 2022 at 6:15 am

    This was fantastic and so informative!!!❀

  49. Deborah McDougall on September 21, 2022 at 6:16 am

    I cannot believe I did not discover you before now. Happy new subscriber

  50. Christie Raley on September 21, 2022 at 6:16 am

    What a great video! I was so excited when you said you were doing a transitional deep dive. Thank you for explaining the difference between contemporary and modern, I was a little confused about that. Thanks also for the sourcing tips and especially Amber Lewis. Awesome video! 😊

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