Transitional decor or transitional style is a blending of traditional and contemporary styles.
Think “new takes on old classics,” or “classic with a contemporary twist.”
Traditional style design can be very ornate, and contemporary style design can be overly basic with its use of chrome and glass, and straight lines. Somewhere in the middle lives transitional style design, and the result—when done well—can make for a timeless look that remains classic and clean at the same time.
Contemporary furniture can, sometimes, be less practical because its focus is on looking modern, as opposed to being right for everyday use, like actually using the furniture, being comfortable for both kids and adults, and flexible with regards to minor changes in the decor of the room. That’s not to say contemporary furniture is uncomfortable and impractical by nature; sometimes it is, but ultimately it’s a matter of opinion.
What do you think of transitional decor? Do you have anything to add regarding how to define it?