Transitional style is coming into its own as a favorite kitchen design. In a recent survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, transitional design moved into the No. 1 spot for the first time, edging out the long-time winner, traditional.
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. Transitional kitchens are considered the great moderator between the warmth and welcoming appeal of traditional design and the clean, simple lines of contemporary style. Transitional spaces will balance and harmonize the two designs. It is a great choice for homeowners who do not want to confine themselves to just one style allowing them the flexibility to blend the two styles.
There are 6 distinctive elements that define a Transitional Kitchen.
1. Crisp clean cabinetry. Cabinets in a transitional kitchen have a streamlined profile that is short of modern. The cabinetry is usually made of wood rather than a contemporary material such as a high-gloss lacquer. They feature simple paneled doors and sleek hardware selections.
2. Natural surfaces. Countertop and flooring materials such as granite, marble, limestone or other natural surfaces are versatile enough to fit into either traditional or contemporary kitchens. So it makes sense that they are a perfect fit for transitional kitchens as well. Just stay away from elaborate edge treatments on countertops or other flourishes that would be construed as too ornate.
3. Natural materials juxtaposed against manufactured ones. A stainless steel range hood shines against the wood cabinets, marble backsplash and quartz countertop in this space. Mixing the organic and the man-made is the cornerstone of transitional design. The mixing of elements allows you to personalize and defy what is faddish all while retaining marketability.
4. Neutral colors. Transitional rooms rarely have strong, distinctive color palettes. Rather they are layered with neutrals for a clean and monochromatic effect. A punch of bold color here and there is acceptable, but should be kept to a minimum.
5. Lots of texture. Due to the transitional spaces neutral palette, they usually feature textural elements that add visual appeal. The tile backsplash in this space extends up the wall for a sense of motion a tactile feel.
6. A touch of embellishment. Part of what separates transitional kitchens from contemporary is that transitional kitchens allow for just a hint of decorative ornamentation. Cabinetry, corbels, windows, furnishings and light fixtures bridge the gap between fancy and plain. Do not get carried away or the look will read as more traditional than you intend.