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Love wainscoting, stainless steel cabinetry, clawfoot tubs and glass-topped coffee tables?

If you want your custom home to reflect the best of previous eras with modern designer touches, transitional is for you.

Elegant and timeless, new and old, masculine and feminine, the transitional aesthetic spans multiple decades blended in a fresh, cohesive way.

Looking for ways to create your own unique transitional style?

Think classic lines of traditional with a modern color palette, finishes and materials. Tone-on-tones of grey, sand, and white. But feel free to add bold dark colors, like midnight blue, charcoal and black for a more masculine transitional look.

Tie a room together by selecting different period pieces with similar scale and proportion, drawing attention to furniture lines.

Texturize with elements of wood, glass, lacquer, rattan, leather, chenille, steel and metal.

Add a focus wall with one large artful piece.

Upholster a set of black lacquered dining chairs in a French toile fabric or redo a tufted, curved headboard in slate grey nubby linen.

Stainless countertops give a traditional kitchen a contemporary feel, while a galvanized steel pendant light updates a great room with an overstuffed Chesterfield sofa.

Jazz up a master bath with a traditional clawfoot soaking tub and chevron patterned floor tiles.

Add drama with an oversized statement mirror in a boudoir furnished with a mahogany sleigh bed and tufted velvet bench.

Opt for sheer whites or crisp, classic window treatments.

Keep it fresh.

Transitional style is all about expressing yourself with a rich balance of design elements defined by your modern spirit.