Are You in Transition? The Transitional Kitchen

If you have been thinking about remodeling or creating a kitchen you are sure to have come across the term "transitional." It's a trendy term in design circles, but what does it mean?

Transitional designs are somewhere in between traditional and modern styles; they bridge the gap between the two, borrowing a little from each. What it yields is an environment that is warm and welcoming, unfussy but incorporates classic components.

Transitional style is coming into its own as a favorite kitchen design. 

The reason? Transitional style has universal appeal — it takes a trend-defying approach to design that’s cozy, elegant and ensures a great return on your investment.

So while almost everything is up for negotiation when designing a transitional kitchen, here are some of the style's hallmarks, as well as, some examples of how the look can be interpreted.

A mix of natural and manufactured materials.

Perhaps the cornerstone of the style. A transitional kitchen will often feature wood, steel, glass and stone or marble all in the same space.  A modern feel with a sense of warmth.

Schmidt Cabinet Company

Schmidt Cabinet Company

A neutral palette.

A pop of color here or there is certainly welcome, but in general, transitional kitchens feature neutral colors in varying shades. The result is typically a sophisticated, and timeless look. 

SouthernStone Cabinet Company

SouthernStone Cabinet Company

Lots of texture.

While transitional kitchens are often subdued when it comes to color, that doesn't mean they're boring at all! Transitional kitchens are often delightful explorations of texture, using everything from interesting tile surfaces to polished or rough stone to provide visual interest.

SouthernStone Kitchen

SouthernStone Kitchen

Streamlined cabinetry.

Cabinetry in transitional kitchens tends to keep a low profile. You won't find a lot of intricate carvings, or elaborate hardware on transitional cabinetry. What keeps it from looking too modern, is the material; wood as opposed to glass or lacquer to keep it transitional. The clean lines and the natural material balance each other out, creating an uncluttered but still inviting effect.

Scavolini Kitchen

Scavolini Kitchen

Blending old and new.

In the broadest sense, this is the definition of a transitional design. A transitional kitchen borrows elements or references styles of the past and combines then with contemporary features to produce something new and fresh. The beauty of it is that you can decide how you want to mix and match the past and the present so that it's a kitchen truly expressing who you are and how you live!

The Defined Home Custom Cabinetry

The Defined Home Custom Cabinetry