Transitional New England

Sophisticated while being comfortable is the mission of Transitional New England homes. They are grounded in simple furniture, open floor plans, and neutral color palettes, but have the accessories, architectural detailing, and historical touches that add grandeur and warmth. These two styles make for wonderful homes that reflect the importance of the past with a sophisticated look towards the future.

Transitional New England

Design by Amy Berry Design

Defining Transitional

Transitional is a style that is very popular in most homes in America because it is a mix between comfortable, open, and a touch of formality. It pulls from both Traditional and Contemporary styles. Some forms have curves and details of the Traditional, but it is much less formal. It also has some sleek furniture and open floor plans like the Contemporary while not being as casual or modern. Transitional homes have open floor plans, typically large-scale furniture, and neutral color palettes.

Design by Randi Garrett Design

Defining New England

Having a very refined design, New England has muted color schemes, wood furniture, and pays close attention to detail. In New England homes, rooms are grand with chandeliers, bookcases, fireplaces, and wainscoting. These details continue with the furniture. Furniture is usually dark woods that have polyurethane coating, producing a sheen. They also have some carved detailing and a touch of formality, although less ornate than French design. Accessories add a sense of grandeur to these rooms as they’re layered in architectural features like bookshelves and fireplaces. Warmer colors like browns, tans and reds are common for these homes because they add depth to the room.

Design by Pineapple House Interior Design/Via HGTV

Defining Transitional New England

Transitional New England is very formal for Transitional but less formal than just a New England home. Furniture is a mix between New England forms and some more straight-lined Transitional furniture. There is a sense of antiquity that New England brings with not only the furniture but also the accessories.

Design by Natalie Nassar/Via Cottage and Vine

Transitional colors, grays, and whites, are typically used in Transitional New England homes because they are currently more popular than the browns and tans. Although, it is possible to create a Transitional New England home with warm colors. Using New England colors will make the room more Traditional.

Design by Dana Wolter/Via Birmingham Garden and Home

Incorporating accessories is a must for Transitional New England homes. Both Transitional and New England styles typically use many accessories. Pillows, rugs, and curtains add a richness to the room. They also make the room feel cozier by their soft lines. Chandeliers add grandeur and make great focal points for these rooms. Other accessories like figurines, candles, flowers, pictures, and books only further iterate the principles of Transitional New England.

Design by Robert Brown Interior Design

Easy Action Steps to Make Your Home More Transitional New England

  • Start by adding more layers through accessories. Mirrors, lamps, pillows, books, and fresh flowers are simple and inexpensive ways to add a sense of grandeur. Ballard Designs is one great resource for Transitional New England home decorations.
  • Add drapery panels that are neutral. These will not only soften the room, but they will also make the room feel larger as they draw your eye up. If your home is not neutral, choosing a muted and light color for these panels will help kick-start transforming your home to a more neutral color palette.
  • Paint your walls one solid muted color. One color will make the room feel larger and also will be a backdrop for your beautiful furniture. Typically, Transitional New England homes have simple painted rooms that do not distract. Accessories are where you can layer and more interest since they are much smaller in scale.

Design by Dear Lillie

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Knowing your style and having your home be that style, are two different things. It can be difficult to bring your style to life because of lack of time and lack of complete knowledge on how to execute the design. Let us help you get started with either a one hour virtual consultation or with another online design service. We would love to help you transform your space into your dream home!

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Not Your Style?

Is this style is not exactly your taste? No problem! Try to retake the quiz or check out these three blogs below that have some similarities to Transitional New England.

Transitional French Vintage

Design by Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Transitional Cottage

Design by Brooke Giannetti

Traditional New England

Via Better Homes and Gardens