Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and modern furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics. The result is an elegant, enduring design that is both comfortable and classic.
The transitional look won't necessarily suit color junkies. Warm neutrals rule: cream, taupe, tan, khaki, gray, with the occasional hint of chocolate or espresso brown thrown in to ground the palette.
A SOLID FOUNDATION
Flooring tends to be a background player in transitional rooms. It's less about the material than about the color — you can go with natural woods, as long as they're kept to a subtle, restrained palette.
ADD INTEREST WITH TEXTURE
You can't rely on color to punch up a transitional space, but texture rises to the challenge admirably. Coarsely woven fabrics, natural fibers and a blend of matte and shiny finishes lend a sense of layering and help the room pop.