Transitional style is achieved by pairing the familiar with the new. In furniture, this means creating an inclusive living area that is both contemporary and traditional. When searching for transitional upholstery look for neutral colors paired with right angles on feet and arms. Details may include geometric fabric patterns or metallic nail head trim. For bedroom and dining room furniture, identify items that pair rich wood tones, upholstered elements or mirrored finishes with straight lines and sharp edges.