Transitional Home Style at Bent Tree Crossing

When building a home from the ground up, even designers can get overwhelmed with the vast sea of options in architectural and interior design. When our clients find themselves struggling to label their dream home style, we suggest a transitional approach. Style labels are somewhat objective, so having that label doesn’t always help to nail down the exact selections right off the bat. What these style types can help with, is narrowing the focus when we come to you with ideas and inspiration. So, why transitional style? Let us walk you through this style using our Bent Tree Crossing Project in Urbandale, Iowa.

Defining a Transitional Home

Transitional design often combines both modern and traditional elements in a way that compliments one another. In order to pull this off, a skilled designer plans each room to balance different textures, colors, and shapes. Marrying such opposing techniques and styles creates a subtly unique space that is interesting, yet comfortable. To achieve the best transitional style, a well-blended combination is key.

Materials and Colors Used

The overall shapes and materials used will create the focal interest. Keeping a neutral, earthy color scheme will help to let those unique elements shine. In our Bent Tree kitchen, you will notice a mixture of metal hardware. Gold knobs and pulls contrast the stainless steel appliances, helping to warm up the space. Incorporating gold into the island pendants helps to balance that visual weight and guides your eye seamlessly around the entire kitchen. The metal elements in this kitchen are paired with the rich, natural wood tone of the vent hood and open shelving. To draw attention to the natural wood, round bar stools that carry the same vivid warmth were added to the breakfast bar. Neutral colors on the walls, floors, and cabinetry allows for the different textural elements and shapes to take center stage without feeling overwhelming or chaotic.

Focal Features

Because of the mix of styles and elements in a transitional home, the defining features are harder to pinpoint. Many feel as though it is the perfect combination of masculine and feminine and tend to incorporate a lot of warm neutral colors with clean lines, natural lighting, textural elements, and minimal accents. We’ve gone with browns, greys, creams, white, and black throughout our Bent Tree home and simplified the look with clean-lined architectural features. Using organic materials for a modern look mixed with more contemporary materials, such as glass and metal, is a great way to merge styles for a transitional focal point. In our Bent Tree project, we did this by selecting a gorgeous marble tile to draw the eye back into the shower, and a glass wall that brings in the contemporary aspect and softens the room with a breathtaking natural wood vanity. Tying in simple metal fixtures and neutral paint brings this look together and creates a transitional oasis.

It’s Adaptable

When done properly, a transitional space should stand the test of time. Allowing old trends and new to cycle through and still hold its own. Our skilled designers can help achieve the look you are going for. Whether you know what your design style is, or not. Call us at, 515-963-8335 to set up a no-obligation consultation.