How to Use Transitional Design In Your Bathroom

What is transitional design?

Transitional design is a combination of modern and traditional design elements that creates a classically stylish room. To achieve a transitional designed bathroom, one would combine design trends from multiple eras to create a truly unique and one of a kind bathroom.

For example, the revival of “Mid-Century Modern” takes design elements from the 1950’s and 1960’s style of furniture and combines modern elements such as sleek, straight lines, and updated hardware to create pieces perfect for a transitional look. These combinations of design techniques are great for transitional design, whether pieced together or incorporated as one.

Elements of transitional design include; clean lines, neutral color schemes, minimal ornamentation and natural elements such as marble, stone, or wooden accessories contrasted with modern design features.

Follow these easy design steps to create your own unique, Transitional design in your bathroom.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 1: Choose a Statement Piece

The first step in designing a transitional bathroom is to choose a statement or focal piece. If you choose a traditional element such as a claw-foot tub, use modern cabinets and faucets to create a striking and appealing juxtaposition. If you prefer modern focal pieces with vintage elements, perhaps choose an oversized glass walk-in shower with mid-century or Victorian cabinetry.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 2: Find Pieces that Combine Vintage and Modern

Modern bathrooms are sleek, employ straight lines, and are very minimalistic lacking embellishment. Traditional bathrooms use curved edges with ornate details.. One way to create a transitional bathroom is to combine these elements.

Instead of piecing together modern and vintage pieces you can find pieces that embody both characteristics, much like this vanity. With an modern aesthetic of straight lines with a traditional faucet this piece is perfect for transitional design.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 3: Mix and Match?

Another way to create a transitional bathroom is through flooring and countertops. Choose a rustic element such as exposed wood cabinetry and combine with modern and sleek hardware, or in reverse choose a modern tile flooring with extravagant cabinetry including crown molding and Victorian hardware.

This Re-Bath Remodel features retro 1950’s style flooring and shower tiles with modern cabinetry and lighting.


Step 4: Incorporate Mixed Era Décor

When creating a transitional bathroom, you want your design choices to appear though out. This bathroom incorporates a Victorian style makeup vanity with transitional cabinetry. The floor to ceiling glass walk in shower is a perfect modern focal piece for this transitional bathroom.

Try incorporating antique art with modern shelving, or apothecary jars on an updated countertop. With a myriad of ways to mix and match your favorite design elements from all eras, the possibilities are endless.

transitional design in your bathroom

Step 5: Choosing the Right Color

Choose a light or neutral color when designing a Transitional bathroom. The color should highlight the features in the bathroom without overpowering them. Neutrals such as white, grays, and beige are always great choices when combining Victorian or rustic eras with modern design. Pale yellows, blues, and greens can also work for a Mid-Century Modern bathroom.

Need help creating a Transitional Design for your bathroom? Designing a Transitional bathroom is a fun and creative process. Call Re-Bath today—we know Transitional Design. One of our passionate and innovative Design Consultants is waiting to give you a free, no commitment, in-home design consultation.