We are all looking forward to a New Year and all the changes it will bring. This is the time of year we always think about transitions and starting fresh. For 2021, most of us really crave beginning the transition back to living life the way we did before 2020 hit with all of its challenges.

Our homes became our refuge this year: places of comfort and safety. But now it’s finally time to begin to dream about a transition to all kinds of new ways to open our homes again to friends and family. And by now you’re probably tired of looking at your current décor and are ready for a New Year update for your home as well as your life.

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Transitional Style

If you’ve browsed online for home décor ideas and searched by style, you’ve probably come across the term “transitional” style and perhaps been confused by what it means. The fact of the matter is you may already have transitional style in your home without even realizing it.

transitional style living room

Home addition by Merrill Contracting & Remodeling

Transitional style can best be described as a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary styles. While traditional décor is often very formal and even stuffy, and contemporary design can feel cold and hard-edged, transitional style incorporates the best of both worlds. More approachable than traditional, warmer and softer than contemporary, it exudes an easy elegance that makes you feel right at home. Far from middle-of-the road boring, transitional design is refined yet comfortable, classic yet updated, understated rather than fussy, and never jarring to the eye.

transitional style living room

Photo courtesy Ethan Allen

Natural Materials and Serene Shades

Imagine a living room addition with hardwood floors, framed contemporary artwork, windows unadorned or with simple draperies or roman shades, and a cashmere throw on a cozy club chair.

Transitional style kitchens feature marble or quartz counters, neutral backsplashes, pared-down pendant light fixtures, and shaker cabinets with sleek hardware. Colors throughout are sophisticated neutrals with the addition of soft, serene shades of blues or greens or other calming tones.

transitional style kitchen with blue cabinets

Kitchen remodel by Merrill Contracting & Remodeling

Are You Ready? We Are!

If you’re ready for a change in the New Year, we’re ready to hear your ideas and see your wish list! We have lots of ideas of our own for your home, to transform it into the welcoming place for celebrations that you’ve put on hold for most of the past year. Get in touch with us today to schedule a consultation to get started.