Quite possibly the most definitive attribute of this style is that it avoids the extremes such as the ornate character of traditional styles, as well as the extreme austerity of modern styles.
- Simple and sophisticated lines are generally found in transitional furniture, but not the sharp edges or spare and stark straight lines that you will generally find in contemporary or modern furniture. The lines do not have to be straight but may be gently curved. The curved lines are more gentle and less ornate than the ones you find in traditional furniture.
- In keeping with its moderate tone, transitional furniture has a medium scale, so the furniture is neither overly large nor minutely small.
- While there may be carving, it is only used for accents and embellishment, and the ornate elements do not cover any surface uniformly.
- Generally, you will find subdued colors in wood finishes and upholstery fabrics.
- The transitional style also leans towards being less formal. The furniture is generally more casual and comfortable.
- There is a balance of masculine and feminine elements, so you can create rooms that feel comfortable to everyone when you furnish with transitional style furniture.