kitchen design is, well… hmm, transitional
kitchen design can be hard define! In fact, that’s
part of its charm, and many would say, that’s
the whole point. Transitional design can’t
quite be pinned down for definition purposes, nor
can the tastes of those who skew toward it. Transitional
kitchen design is basically a blending of many more
straightforward tastes to come up with something
new that’s eclectic, doesn’t quite follow
the rules, but when done well, can be totally fabulous.
Most transitional kitchen design creates a layered,
calmly erratic look by combining elements of traditional
kitchen design with elements of modern kitchen design.
Of course, there can be anything in between in there,
Though it’s hard to pin down a definition,
there are a few things that transitional kitchens
are not. “Old Timey”, is one of them.
Sure, transitional kitchens might use some more
traditional design elements. However, most transitional
kitchens have functionality and ingenuity at their
Here are some ideas that are popular in the transitional
Embrace the Adventure
Transitional kitchen style is for the creative,
happy-to-try-things, ready for decorative adventure
types among us. It may take some trial and error
and embracing some risks to land on something that’s
really outstanding and original.
Look Around You
Found items are really popular in transitional design.
Be open to what’s around you and be thinking
about how you could incorporate different items
— even those that maybe wouldn’t traditionally
be in the kitchen — into the new kitchen design.
Chalkboard surfaces, for example, which are often
thought of as something for a school room, are gaining
popularity in kitchen design as a fresh, interesting
way to share messages or make lists.
Use Materials in Different
Tile, concrete, cork, and wood are all common kitchen
materials. Switch up how you use them. Concrete
is gaining popularity for counters, but it can be
used in other applications too. A concrete backsplash
or a wooden counter could give a totally different
look than a traditional concrete counter with tile
backsplash. Think outside of the box!
Move Across Time
The key to creating something really interesting
in traditional design is mixing styles — and
eras. Create an eclectic look by mixing eras in
Taking the skeleton of one style and using the material
of another style is a great way to incorporate different
looks into a transitional space. Modern materials
on traditional style furniture, for example, or
stainless steel for a sink that uses a country farmhouse
style. Mixing ideas and inventing new approaches
is the name of the game in transitional style.
Don’t Be Afraid!
Transitional style is all about coming up with something
new that’s your own. Don’t get too worked
up about how things “should” be —
just go for it and create something that you think
is great. By trusting your instincts and going for
it, you might discover something really innovative
and great that suits your needs and adds a great
splash of style to your home.