Transitional Kitchen

If you’re wanting to push renovation boundaries and create a look that is unique to you, then choosing a transitional kitchen design is the way to go. This is a kitchen style were there are no rules, and with the help of a kitchen remodeling specialist, installing a transitional kitchen design will be easy.

Transitional kitchen design works so well because it’s a blend of classical styles and contemporary. This kitchen style is great if you’re looking to create a look all your own or if your sharing a space and want more than one style represented. Whether you’re just starting out or a new couple that wants to feel the space is shared, talk to your remodeling specialist about using a transitional kitchen style.

How to Get the Look

  • Creating a transitional kitchen does not have to be difficult. This is not a time to try to go for an exact even blend of the both styles. Check out the tips below.
  • Stay neutral. Bold colors will overpower each other and create a clash that borders on garish
  • Use different textures. Mix glass with wood or fabric with steel or metal
  • Keep décor and accessories to a minimum. The mixed styles should be your focal point
  • Choose impact art that draws the eye to one place versus a bunch of scattered, smaller arrangements

Kitchen Space

If your kitchen cabinetry is already traditional, or classical, leave it alone and focus on where you can add pops of contemporary accents.

  • Change the overhead lighting to a fun contemporary hanging style
  • If your kitchen has an open concept and is connected to your dining room think about a modern table but with chairs upholstered with traditional fabric
  • A transitional kitchen design can be enhanced with hanging light fixtures, or by using furniture from another room to create the dividing line between rooms.

A Different Use of Space

Another type of transitional kitchen space is to change the way the room transitions to the adjoining room or space. A cabinetry specialist can show you how to transition your kitchen space into your dining space or into your patio space in a way that looks seamless.

When the transitional style is more about flow than a blend of styles, keep in mind that the focal point is usually a kitchen island. There are different cabinetry options available for kitchen islands that can change how the kitchen flows in to other spaces.

  • Using an L or U-shaped kitchen can utilize a center island to create an open room on one side or make space for a relaxing breakfast nook
  • Sliding glass doors can create a smooth transition from the kitchen to an open patio dining experience
  • Consider working with a cabinetry specialist to create customized cabinets
  • Use furniture pieces or open shelves to create separation between rooms

The wonderful thing about a transitional kitchen style is there is no right or wrong way to pull it off. Yes, you need to be aware of creating clashes and the flow and size of the kitchen but that is where consulting with a cabinetry professional is better than trying to do it yourself.