May 28, 2015
We’ve looked at contemporary kitchens and traditional kitchens. Somewhere in between the two lies what is becoming one of the most popular options- the transitional kitchen. “Transitional” is hard to define and is therefore typically said to be “transitioning” or going somewhere. Transitional kitchens take traditional elements from the past and put a twist on them to make them fresh and updated. You will notice familiar elements mixed with something new and different to blend the old with the new. A transitional kitchen is a great option if you are looking to freshen up your home without doing a complete gut renovation.
Here are some ways to blend styles and create your own transitional kitchen-
Instead of traditional polished granite, consider a matte finish like honed granite, cement, or soapstone.
If natural stone is not in your budget, consider a super-realistic alternative like Formica’s Soapstone Sequoia Laminate.
Mix colors! Instead of keeping your cabinets or countertops the same throughout your kitchen, switch it up! Change the cabinet or countertop color of your island for a modern update.
You can never go wrong with traditional black and white but think about modernizing the combo with unexpected elements.
Brass hardware, butcherblock countertops, open shelving, and dark grout elevate these classic cabinets.
Industrial stools, steel windows, and glass cabinets update the traditional color pairing.
Mix up wood components like moldings, corbels, doors, brackets, and legs-
Have fun with your design! Transitional kitchens work in all types of homes and don’t limit you to sticking with one “style”. Experiment with lighting, colors, found objects, and new materials. Something as simple as changing out your hardware or pendant lights can freshen up your space without breaking the bank.