A major trend right now in designing kitchens, is a transitional kitchen. Straddling both modern and traditional kitchen styles, a transitional kitchen offers the homeowners the best of both worlds. Because it provides a seamless blend of two styles coming together in harmony, this kind of kitchen design is different from the more universal “one-theme” kitchens. With this in mind, we at Texas Bath Vision & Home Solutions would like to further elaborate on the subject.
Transitional Kitchen Style
Blending to aesthetics of modern and traditional, transitional kitchens integrate the two styles for one cohesive look. Where the modern palette is unfussy and clean, the traditional palette is welcoming and warm. They only bring the best qualities out in each other and are very complimentary. Though different styles, they blend with hallmarks of a classic, well-done transitional kitchen.
1) Combination of Manmade and Natural Materials. One of the primary elements of the transitional style is a kitchen that features both wood and steel, stone and glass, or laminate and marble. For instance, the kitchen floors are polished concrete, cabinets are wood, countertops are marble, and appliances are metallic provides a transitional look. While appearing industrial and warm at the same time, the space is harmoniously blended with natural elements.
2) Neutral Color Palette. A transitional kitchen features hues and tones on the neutral side of the color palette, usually. Though the overall look is one of sophisticated timelessness, the pops of bright colors are introduced in the forms of a bowl of fruit or flowers.
3) Texture. Neutral doesn’t imply boring. Textures are ideally used to help provide visual stimulation. Visual interests are plentiful in a transitional kitchen. For example, polished stone, coir as mats and holders, pottery accents, and metallic or matte appliances, as well as textured tile.
4) Low Profile Cabinets. Cabinets have to be streamlined and low profile. One the signature looks of the transitional kitchen are wood cabinets. It would be too over the top to have elaborate hardware or intricate carving were added to the cabinets for instance. But the wood cabinets are the one feature that often makes the transitional kitchen so recognizable. Keep in mind that you do not have to rely on shades of brown for the wood cabinets. Black stained wood or even striped white wood brings the textural warmth a kitchen need. With recessed handles and the perfect lighting, you have the perfect blend of modern meeting traditional.
5) Blending Old and New. You have a great idea of how the transitional kitchen aesthetic work if you want the state of the art wine chiller standing in your kitchen, but can’t bear to say goodbye the stressed oak butcher’s block you’ve had forever, it is the definition of this particular design is to borrow elements of the modern.
While keeping those key traditional pieces, the thematic definition of this particular design is to borrow elements of the modern theme. Perspex chairs pulled up to an antique breakfast nook, with a brushed metal kitchen island standing on art deco tiles or a marble textured breakfast nook paired with refurbished antique chairs gives you prime examples of a transitional kitchen.