Committing to one single kitchen design style can be challenging. For this reason, many homeowners opt for a transitional kitchen design.
A transitional design balances the comfort of a traditional style with the sleek cleanliness of a contemporary kitchen. By combining the different design elements, the result is a one-of-a-kind creation. Transitional kitchen design combines the best of both worlds without an unpleasant clash of styles.
To get the look, our kitchen remodeling experts recommend starting with a few basic elements. We can help you mix the styles you love, allowing for a streamlined look that is still original.
Choose Streamlined Accents
A traditional kitchen incorporates many different decorative accessories, while a contemporary style typically has none. But the idea behind a transitional kitchen is to incorporate a blend of styles. You will want to incorporate styles that meet the traditional needs but keep it minimal like the contemporary style dictates. Your transitional kitchen should have simple accents, like small crown molding and minimal use of wainscoting and corbels.
Simple Cabinets, Sleek Hardware
A large part of your design has to do with the kitchen cabinets because they take up most of your line of sight in the kitchen. To create a transitional style, you will want to ensure that your cabinets are streamlined and subdued. This means your cabinet choice should be more simple, with no intricate carvings. Clean and plain lines are best.
The hardware on your cabinets should be minimal, and your cabinets shouldn’t take away from the design. Keeping clean, uniform lines throughout your entire kitchen will give it a slightly contemporary look as well.
Neutral Colors, Textured Elements
One of the timeless features of a transitional kitchen design is the colors you use. Grays, whites, and beiges will keep the colors neutral and sophisticated. Adding a splash of color, here and there, can create some contrast to break up the uniform space. For instance, choose white cabinets with dark quartz countertops or gray cabinets with a light granite countertop. The contrast is stunning.
Combine the Old with the New
If you are having difficulty deciding on a design style, transitional styles allow you to combine the old with the new. If your taste includes contemporary and traditional elements, you will be able to combine the two. This is essential if you have an open-concept space that includes a dining or living room.
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