Transitional-Style Home Exteriors Inspired by Studio McGee

We have a serious design crush on Studio McGee. Judging by the fact that the company now has its very own Target line and a Netflix series, it’s evident that a cult following is forming around the business. Maybe it’s their perfect blend of old-meets-new or straight lines and organic curved lines. Perhaps it’s how they are able to use calming neutrals in interesting ways to tie everything together. If you’re a fan of Studio McGee’s transitional-modern interiors too, you can easily take the style to your home’s exterior. Get the creative juices flowing with these transitional-style home exteriors inspired by Studio McGee.

Your home’s exterior should reflect its interior style. At brick&batten, we’re all about creating exterior designs that display your personal style to the world. Unlock your home’s potential with our virtual exterior design services. Using a picture of your home and a few details about your project goals, our team creates a realistic rendering of your home with max curb appeal. Armed with a clickable shopping list and design rendering, you are ready to bring your vision to life. Get started with your exterior design today!

7 Transitional Style Homes Inspired by Studio McGee

#1 This Brick House That Got Leveled-Up With White Paint

Perhaps the real MVP of both interior and exterior design is quality, off-white paint. Looking for a game-changer to create a serene and classic look? Find the perfect shade of white. Not to say black paint doesn’t have the same effect, especially when it’s applied modestly. Studio McGee mixes these two contrasting paints so well, and we love to take their method to the front-of-house. Just like black chairs and a black pendant light can make a mostly-white dining room look even more polished, so can black doors and handrails on an off-white home. The key is to add dark elements high and low, to balance out the look.


The Home:

Before and after of simplified landscaping

#2 A Stone Gem That’s a Modern Take on a Cozy Cabin

When we envision a cabin in the woods, we immediately think of wood and stone, maybe even a classic Lincoln Log situation. However, excessive use of wood and stone may look dated if not designed in a classic and intentional way. You can instantly modernize wood elements by adding black or charcoal to the mix. Our brick&batten designers, as well as Studio McGee, suggest mixing brown, black, and charcoal tones to create a classic, yet modern design. You have both Studio McGee’s and brick&batten’s permission, as per the example below! Finally, add some evergreen to your landscaping plans so you have access to materials for a beautiful arrangement year-round.


The Home:

#3 A Home That Takes European Influence and Runs With It

Floor-to-ceiling wall paneling is so French, and wide columns and balconies are so Italian. However, we also see these elements all across American homes too. Adding an industrial touch to dreamy European architectural details makes for a perfect transitional-style formula. Take one of our home designs below as an illustration. By opting for black straight-line railing, we went against the traditional European grain of ornate railing. To be honest, American replicas don’t look as convincing as antique European ones. Using a contrasting industrial railing like this gives it a modern American twist. Similarly, one signature of Studio McGee’s designs is floor-to-ceiling wall treatments, plus modern steelwork.


The Home:


#4 Architectural Arches, Anyone?

The homes that popped up in the 90s and early 2000s may have popularized multi-colored brick entryway arches in the suburban areas of the US. However, arched doorways date much further back than any Friends or Gilmore Girls episode. This makes for a great opportunity to update your home for a transitional modern look. Arches can look super lovely when paired with the ultimate classic, yet modern color: Off-white or black. So if you aren’t happy with curved lines on your home’s exterior and your first impulse is to swap them out for straight lines, first consider what the arches will look like with an updated finish.


The Home:

Before and After house with arches


#5 A Traditional Home With Copper Gutters + Porch Light Lanterns

Inspired by the actual Studio McGee abode itself, we love suggesting copper gutters and oversized porch lanterns to our exterior design clients. This versatile architectural dream team looks good on old colonials, farmhouses, and mid-century modern homes alike.

The Home:


#6 This Home with Benjamin Moore Paint and Comfy-Yet-Classy Furniture

If you’ve spent at least 10 minutes on our site, you’ve probably already seen a dozen homes painted in one of Benjamin Moore’s off-white paints. It’s not just us that loves them. Syd and Shea actually use Swiss Coffee in one of their own living areas.

We also love modern furniture that actually looks comfy to sit on (a rare sight). We suggest similar patio furniture to our virtual exterior design clients. Notice the modern patio furniture we use in this design, and you can spot some Simply White by Benjamin Moore on the trim!

The Home:

Copper gutters, Studio McGee lighting

#7 A True Blue Beauty

Many homeowners seem to be afraid of anything but neutrals these days. That said, the right blue can actually function just like a quality neutral. In the same way a kitchen by Studio McGee rocks blue cabinets, your home might totally pull off a dusty blue hue.

The Home:

Evening Blue James Hardie 2021 Paint Trend


With the perfect blend of old meets new brick&batten, as well as Studio McGee, have found ways to tie everything together. Just remember when you are working on an exterior home project, you can repurpose design trends that work on interiors and apply them to exteriors. Maybe you’re preparing your home to sell, or perhaps you want your current forever home to reflect your personal style. Whatever brings you to our little corner of the web, we’d love to make your curb appeal dreams a reality. Learn more about our exterior design services and partner with brick&batten on your next project today!