April 21, 2020
Laurel & Wolf Explains: Traditional vs Transitional Design

Ever wonder what makes a traditional or transitional design? We’ve got the 411 on a few tricks for detecting the differences between the two!

Ever wonder what makes a traditional or transitional design? We’ve got the 411 on a few tricks for detecting the differences between the two!

L&W Explains: Traditional vs Transitional


Traditional design has its roots in 18th century England and French countryside. The style is known for its warm, inviting interiors that scream comfort.

Traditional Bedroom Design | Laurel & Wolf

Bronze accents, a rich chandelier and luxe drapes gathered loosely are common in traditional interiors.

Traditional Bathroom Design | Laurel & Wolf

A wall sconce with an ivory shade and detailed millwork create a warm, inviting feeling in the bathroom.

Traditional Nursery Design | Laurel & Wolf

Traditional color schemes typically include neutral tones with warm, rich woods.

Traditional Office Design | Laurel & Wolf

This traditional office features a Persian rug, dark wood tones and coffered ceilings.

Traditional Living Room Design | Laurel & Wolf

Symmetry is important to traditional design. The furnishings are balanced to create a room that invites conversation. Accents include plump cushions, plentiful pillows and silk flowers in a gorgeous vase.

Traditional Kitchen Design | Laurel & Wolf

Traditional designs feature soft, curved edges and natural stone, such as granite countertops.

Traditional Foyer Design | Laurel & Wolf

Walnut railings are a common feature in a traditional space, and detailed millwork can be found on the staircase and the wood molding.


Transitional design combines the best of traditional and contemporary styles to create a timeless interior that everyone will love! Together, the perfect balance of masculine and feminine results in an elegant, classic design.

Transitional Bedroom Design | Laurel & Wolf

Transitional designs are known for their subtle, clean color palettes, which create a relaxing and uncomplicated room.

Transitional Bathroom Design | Laurel & Wolf

Accents of rich wood range in shades from white to chocolate are typically added to create a sense of warmth.

Transitional Nursery Design | Laurel & Wolf

With transitional design, soft-colored carpets (or warm wood floors) and a textured rug are generally used.

Transitional Office Design | Laurel & Wolf

Clean lines and rounded profiles keep the room feeling fresh and comfortable. The result is a room that is not too manly and not too frilly.

Transitional Living Room Design | Laurel & Wolf

A signature light fixture, minimal accents and solid-colored drapes exude a sense of simplicity and sophistication.

Transitional Kitchen Design | Laurel & Wolf

A neutral backdrop allows the exquisite traditional millwork to have a powerful impact in the space.

Transitional Foyer Design | Laurel & Wolf

Geometric tile patterns in natural tones on the floor provide a subtle contrast to the traditional settee.

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Amanda Welsh