Wednesday, November 14th 2012
Elements of Transitional Kitchen Design
Posted by Jim Drury
Category: Kitchen Design
The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)’s annual survey determined that the Transitional kitchen design is the most common type of kitchen in 2012, and we expect that trend to continue in 2013 and beyond.
Though many homeowners may have seen transitional kitchens, they may not recognize the details that configure a transitional kitchen design. Transitional kitchens borrow design elements from traditional and contemporary designs – often blending natural colored materials with sleek manufactured products. Picture the simple lines of a contemporary kitchen combined with the natural warmth of a traditional kitchen.
A transitional kitchen design provides flexibility – bringing the best of both classic styling and modern elements into one room. The result is an inviting, yet clean look that welcomes your guests, providing a comfortable, classy environment for entertaining.
The following are examples of transitional design elements in today’s kitchen:
Appliances: Appliances are usually stainless steel, but may mimic the cabinetry by adding panel fronts to kitchen appliances to create continuity throughout the kitchen without a visual break.
Countertops & Backsplashes: Natural stone is the perfect element for a transitional kitchen surface. Choosing marble, granite or limestone for your countertops and backsplashes will add warmth to your space. However, choose stone and tile designs and countertop edges that aren’t too ornate, and steer clear of busy, contrasting listelles and medallions that could interrupt the design flow.
Cabinets: Cabinets in a transitional kitchen will have a minimalist style to them with simple lines and minamalist hardware or no hardware at all.
Floors: Floors can be wood, tile or other natural materials like bamboo in a transitional kitchen.
Colors: Transitional colors are most often neutral – they can be light or dark, but they reflect the colors typically found in nature. A simple color scheme without a lot of contrast often defines transitional design.
Accents: Transitional does not mean plain. Accents and embellishments are welcome in a transitional kitchen, but should reflect the clean lines and color scheme of the design. Accents can incorporate different textures, but should complement, not clutter.
The best part of transitional kitchens is the ability to incorporate your favorite elements from traditional and contemporary designs. You can create a space that reflects your personality – a little more modern for some, a little more traditional for others. As a home owner, you may have already collected images of transitional kitchens in your inspirational folder without realizing it.
Keep an eye out for the elements of every design that pleases you. Our professional designers at Drury Design will combine your favorites into a transitional kitchen that strikes a pleasing balance between past and present.