kitchens are just what they sound like. They’re
somewhere in the middle - a transition between modern
and traditional design. This eclectic, modern but
timeless, but then again super modern design style
is growing more and more popular every day.
So, how can you get the look? Below are some tried
and true tips from kitchen designers who specialize
in transitional kitchens.
Nature Meets Machine
Transitional design is all about mixing styles,
and mixing materials couldn’t speak more to
that great approach. Though more straightforward
design might stick to either wood or stainless steel,
transitional design uses them both — and the
mix is breathtaking. Some designs will use a group
of vastly different materials — from concrete
to wood to tile to steel — to create one overarching
look that is layered in its style and meaning.
Neutrals Are Best
When mixing modern with traditional to create transitional,
most designers opt for a neutral color palette in
varying shades of browns and tans. Transitional
is all about creating a look that’s timeless
but modern, and neutral color schemes do a good
job of not dating themselves. Of course, no one
is suggesting you eschew color altogether. A pop
of color here and there can go a long way. By and
large, though, neutral color schemes are best for
But not too sleek. You don’t want to go ultra
modern here, but you probably should stick more
on the modern side than the traditional side. Most
transitional designers suggest keeping the cabinetry
low-key in general. By not going too traditional
— which is characterized by intricate features
— you lessen the risk of your cabinetry being
too apparent in the design. However, most modern
design would use a lacquer or glass for the cabinetry,
and transitional designers aren’t suggesting
you go that far. Doing something that’s a
more modern style but that perhaps uses wood, which
is a traditional material, is very transitional.
Though the cabinets are low-key and the colors are
neutral, transitional kitchens are anything but
boring. Transitional designers suggest using focal
points, splashes of color, and varied textures to
create a kitchen that is layered in its visual intrigue.
By mixing focal points, colors, and textures along
with using a variety of materials in one space,
the overall look should feel rich in its variation
but it should also feel cohesive.
Something New, Something
By its very nature, transitional design involves
mixing two unlike things to make something new and
in-between. Modern design embraces brand new, while
traditional design tends to borrow elements from
time to create an overall timeless, classic feel.
When you’re working with transitional design,
you’ll want to use both modern and classic.
This could mean mixing antiques with technology,
mixing an old table with modern chairs, or any other
mix-and-match scenario. The most inviting thing
to many people who use transitional design is the
lack of rules. You can really do anything you want!