The starting point is a statement piece that brings together the other elements of the room. This coral chair is perfect. It has a traditional shape with rounded arms and turned-wood legs, but it is updated with an eye-popping fabric.
One of these pillows in Kelly Wearstler's fabric would look amazing on the armchair. It's a fabric that works well in a transitional interior, as it's influenced by ikat textiles re-imagined in these gorgeous pink and apricot shades.
An alternative is to source vintage armchairs and have them reupholstered. I like the shape of these chairs. The tufted back and curved legs are traditional, but they still look comfortable and generously proportioned.
If the chairs are going to be a traditional shape, I would choose a simple contemporary sofa. The Ikea Klippan sofa in white is ideal because it's so affordable. I think of it as the interiors equivalent of a classic little black dress, best accessorized with vintage jewelry.
If you don't like the legs on the sofa, a great option is this set of legs made to fit Ikea furniture. They come in a variety of colors and a range of styles, including these midcentury tapered legs. If you fancy pink turned-wood legs on your white sofa, this is how to do it!
The tiniest touch of floral can be introduced in a pillow. These poppies are embroidered, so they are more contemporary than a chintz fabric would be.
To complement the gold table, I'll probably include a turned-wood table that has a traditional shape.
The coffee table can be in a warm wood, in this case teak, but I'd choose a midcentury shape. The marquetry adds a level of craftsmanship and timelessness.
This French-inspired console is extremely traditional, but its slender lines and touch of gold mean it would work as a decorative accent in a transitional interior.
Timeless basics are a good choice for large pieces such as rugs. A honey-colored sisal rug will complement the warm color scheme and pull the room together.
For the dining area, I like this pedestal table. It has a rather heavy look, but it comes in multiple finishes, so you can choose a lighter one like this to bring the look up to date.
This flower pendant would look stunning against the dark walls and would complement the decal. It's definitely a modern piece, but the floral shape ties it into the traditional elements of the scheme.