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Trending: Transitional Interior Design

We’ve called on one of our expert consultants from the Melbourne Gallery to walk us through the big design trend that blends the old with the new.

What is Transitional Interior Design?

By now, you've probably heard of the Hamptons, coastal and country interior design trends. But if you ask us, there's one up and coming, stand-out trend in the design world that should be high up on your radar.

It's called 'Transitional' design and it's all about blending the old with the new. And unlike some trends of years past, Transitional is “here to stay”, says Alanah, one of our expert consultants from our Melbourne Gallery. Transitional draws inspiration from both traditional and modern design elements, creating a sweet spot that seamlessly blends the classic with the contemporary, and the masculine with the feminine.

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“Transitional has picked up a lot of popularity in recent years for its timeless nature and relaxed feeling, blending materials and textures to strike a perfect balance between comfort and elegance,” Alanah says.

At its heart, it’s about bringing warmth, character and soul into your space.

“Since the pandemic, everyone has been searching for something more at home. More character, more life, more personality within their walls. Transitional design gives that comfortable ‘lived in’ feeling, while still being a stylish aesthetic,” she continues.

Sounds up your alley? We’ve asked Alanah for her top tips on bringing Transitional-inspired style into your new home.

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Transitional Interior Design

How can you bring this trending look into your home?

Crafting a Transitional Facade

Before we head inside the home, you’ll want to start with the outside to set the tone for what’s to come and bricks with a natural variance are a great place to begin. Alanah recommends the Melbourne Range from Austral Bricks, as it adds a traditional character touch to your streetscape. When it comes to accents, stacked stone or the Newport cladding from James Hardie will both be excellent choices to take your facade to the next level.

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Our Fulton 26 on display in the Orana Estate showcases the rustic look of Yerring from the Melbourne Range.

Picking your Transitional Tiles

As with your brick choice, natural variance in both tone and texture goes a long way with your tile selections. Alanah’s top tip: go for tiles with a hand-crafted, organic look like the Zellige White Tile or the Paloma from National Tiles, or any traditional subway or square tile will bring the simple sophistication that Transitional-inspired design is known for.


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Creating a Transitional Kitchen

We all know the kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s also where Transitional design can really shine. For your kitchen, that means glass or profiled cabinetry, open shelving and classic upright cookers, like the Richmond Deluxe Collection from Belling. Alanah suggests pairing a traditional marble benchtop and statement farmhouse sink with contemporary, on-trend muted green tones in your cabinetry for the perfect marriage between the old and the new. Then, finish your look off with brass accents or brushed nickel tapware to tie your whole space together.

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Our new Bendigo Gallery gives you ultimate inspiration for blending the old with the new.

Adding Extra Character with Transitional Styling

A big aspect of Transitional design is focusing on neutral colours, like your beiges, browns, greys and whites, and elevating this palette by mixing and layering materials and textures. One of the most-loved aspects of Transitional is that the “decor is not over-done, it’s simple and just enough,” Alanah says, making it accessible to anyone wanting to create a home with character and personality. For adding those finishing touches to your space, think of a patterned rug, a refurbished old wooden dining table, artisan or terracotta pots, and lamps with linen-style shades.

Well, there you have it! Your 4 easy steps to a Transitional-inspired haven. For more of Alanah’s design inspiration and tips, you can follow along here.

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