It is known as an “updated classic” classic with a contemporary twist. Transitional

Style refers to a contemporary blend of traditional and modern styles, somewhere between old world traditional and the world of contemporary. It incorporates lines that are less ornate than traditional designs, but not as severely basic as contemporary lines. Transitional furniture designs are classic, timeless and clean.

Unlike contemporary furniture, transitional style focuses on comfort and practicality to meet the lifestyle of an active household. The scales of furniture pieces are comfortable not overwhelming. Colors are typically warm tones but can range from a natural finish to a high-gloss lacquer. Texture is also important, and a variety of fabric selections can vary from sophisticated, plush fabrics, with tone-on-tone or small scale graphics.


Warm neutrals such as cream, taupe, tan, khaki and gray with an occasional hint of dark chocolate is generally used in the palette. Patterns, if used at all, should be understated.

Transitional furnishings have crisp profiles and straightforward style. Gentle curves and rigid lines feed off each other to create energy.

Flooring tending to be a background color, you can go with natural woods, stone, tile, carpeting as long as they are kept to a subtle, restrain palette. Color doesn’t tend to punch up the transitional space, but texture rises to the challenge. Woven fabrics, a blend of matte and shiny finishes lend a sense of layering and interest.

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