Transitional Furniture

Easy to live with and timeless in style, transitional furniture combines traditional with contemporary for a look that’s classic and clean. Always current and never fussy, this style of design will stay with you for years to come.


Take a look at its features:

Transitional Beckett
It’s balanced. Lacking the ornate details of traditional style furnishings as well as the stark lines of contemporary style furnishings, transitional furniture offers a gentle balance of masculine and feminine. The lines are straight or gently curved for a look that’s simple yet sophisticated. The Beckett Collection from Thread & Feather is a good example of the blend. The straight lines of the sofa and arm chairs provide a contemporary feel. Yet the tufted details of the sofa and the curves of the teal chair give the room a touch of traditional.


Transitional Brae


It’s neutral. The palette of transitional style revolves around neutrals, including colors like taupe, olive, cream and tan, as well as wood in various finishes. A punch of color – but not too much – adds interest. From Thread & Feather, the Brae Collection is a great example. The soft cream of the sofa, loveseat and rug is complemented by the warm orange tones of the throw pillows and accent chair.


Transitional Dillon


It’s relaxed. Transitional furniture is practical and comfortable – perfect for the lifestyle of today’s busy families. Fabrics are sturdy and include choices such as ultrasuede and leather. The Dillon Collection is a great choice for families who love to hang out in their living or family room. The tightly woven cotton-backed microsuede fabric – available in chocolate or pine – will hold up to kids. And its contrasting welt trim offers a clean look.


Traditional Madeline


It’s simple. Finally, accessories in a transitionally styled room are kept to a minimum, with pieces that are carefully chosen. The look of this room, which features the Madeline Collection from La-Z-Boy, is streamlined without being minimalistic. Lamps flank the sofa and a simple candle, plant and storage box warm up the contemporary cocktail table.

The Elements of Design

With week one of our fabulous fall design classes finished, we decided to give those of you who couldn’t make it a little recap. After all, as Michigan’s go-to destination for furniture and accessories, we want to make sure everyone has a home decorated to suit their personal style.

Shaping Your Style

At Art Van Furniture, we have four style categories: Casual, Contemporary, Rustic, and Traditional. Some people gravitate towards one style, while other folks like to combine a couple. There is no wrong answer, so which style are you?


Casual furniture is definitely made for relaxed living, which is perfect for active households because it is so comfortable, and pieces are often made with multiple functions in mind.

Since the mood of this style is all about inviting and neutral, look for soft blues, greens, and yellows to create a warm and welcoming space.


Think clean, simple and modern. Contemporary furniture is designed with an emphasis on shape and color. In fact, sometimes these pieces look more like art then furniture.

For the walls, try cool gray colors and various shades of white.



Furniture in this category is charming and often nostalgic. Detail is important, so look for tell-tale signs like hob nails and tarnished edges.

To model this look in your home, incorporate warm tans, and reds along with blue and green accents. We’re particularly fond of Latte from Sherwin-Williams. It looks and sounds delicious!


Offering a more formal take on decorating, traditional furniture is typically constructed of dark stained woods, plush fabrics and showcases lots of fine detailing, which suggests a handcrafted quality.

In keeping with that image, deep, rich colors such as merlot, gray blue, and taupe work well in traditional settings. Sherwin-Williams Storm Cloud is one of our favorites and really adds some major drama to a space.