Transitional Kitchen Style


While planning on giving your kitchen a makeover, you have no shortage of options when it comes to trends. But what style is right for you? Do you prefer Contemporary, Traditional, or Transitional stylings? Like choosing the right house, furniture and appliances, choosing the perfect kitchen style requires serious thought. Deciding will not only help you to narrow down your design options, but also save time and money focusing on the right pieces. In this 5-part blog we are breaking down everything you need to know about YOUR kitchen style. Here's Part 5--Transitional Kitchen.

PART 5 Transitional Kitchen


The word “transition” comes from the Latin word transitionem which means, “going across or over.” Transitional style began in the 1950s as a response to the bold intensity of the modern style which had exploded in popularity in the 1940s. The modern style was a rebellion against the detailed elegance of traditional style, while transitional strives to find the balance between the two. 


The best part about transitional style is that it takes the best of both worlds—the old and the new—and prioritizes simplicity. The idea is to have a beautiful home, that’s both manageable and comfortable. It lends itself more to creativity because it really enables you to mix and match, incorporating your own personal interpretation of the varying styles.


There are some guidelines, however, that will help you create a well-rounded, cohesive atmosphere. Transitional homes stick to warm neutral colors—much like the colors you might see at a day spa. This is to create a relaxing, uncomplicated ambiance. Other important elements include straight, clean lines and minimalism. For example, rather than choosing a lot of small pieces for your wall décor, consider just one or two large pieces.


A key element to the transitional kitchen is the cabinets. Transitional kitchen cabinets are clean, simple, and typically made from wood, lacking ornate detail. Another key element to the transitional style is texture, and a lot of it! This balances the neutral color scheme by adding some textural flair. Things like textured wood, fabrics, polished or rough stone, and ceiling riffs keep the space intriguing to look at.

For the transitional kitchen look for:

  • A warm neutral color scheme
  • Textural elements
  • Limited accessories
  • Clean lines
  • Large windows
  • Streamlined cabinetry


Expert tips on creating a transitional kitchen:

  • Blend modern and traditional pieces
    • [large rectangular table + upholstered chairs]
  •  Combine neutral walls with impactful art
    • [khaki paint + one large art piece]
  • Incorporate textural elements with stainless steel appliances   
    • [lacquered island + stainless steel hood]


Final Thoughts

If you value simplicity and serenity, transitional kitchen style is for you. It’s minimalistic design and contemporary blend of both the past and the present make it a widely adored style with both men and women from all walks of life.  

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