1) Furniture: A straighter line and little ornamentation, sleek but not severe. Looking at these pieces, you can see the influence of the traditional style on the modern version.
|Antique oval back chairs|
|Modern oval backed chair.|
2) Architectural details. Rather than ornate detail on base, crown and other moldings, the lines are cleaner, yet the richness of moldings remains.
3) Color: Neutrals for fabrics, paints, and surface materials in the tan, beige, brown and gray hues are considered transitional. The lack of color is serene. Instead of dark wood tones, lighter, less defined grains are desirable.
4) Surface Materials: Use of traditional materials like stone and porcelain are still in vogue, with changes to use of color, scale and pattern. Transitional style would apply large scale squares or rectangles instead of the usual 12" x 12" tiles. For backsplashes, stone and glass combinations in small squares, brick shapes, and running bond patterns, are the updated classics. This bath uses 12" x 16" rectangular tiles on floor and walls, changing the color and grout for interest.