Transitional Kitchen Projects

Transitional high-end kitchen design is at its heart a marriage of traditional kitchen design and elements of modern luxury kitchen design. While it can be hard to pin down an exact definition, generally, most transitional kitchens have functionality and ingenuity at their forefront. They often have a layered, calmly erratic look that inspires a feeling of something new and eclectic without following any specific design rules. When designed well, a transitional design can be totally fabulous and unique. Browse through our transitional projects to see if you would like your new kitchen to look similar.

Transitional Design Process

By its very nature, transitional kitchen design involves mixing two unlike styles to create a new, in-between style. When working with transitional design, you may want to use both modern and classic design elements. While modern design elements embrace a brand new style, traditional high-end design elements often tend to create an overall timeless, classic feel. This could mean mixing antiques with technology, an old kitchen table with modern chairs, or traditional wood cabinets with glass elements. The most inviting thing to many designers who work with transitional kitchen design is the lack of rules, which means you can be very creative during the luxury kitchen design process. So, how can you get the look? Below are some tried and true, valuable tips from our kitchen designers.

Transitional Kitchen Considerations

Transitional designs work best for creative clients, who are happy to try something new and are ready for decorative adventures. Transitional kitchen design is all about mixing styles and materials. While a straightforward design tends to stick to either wood or stainless steel, transitional design often uses them both, and the mix is breathtaking. You can of course also choose different materials, which we display at our kitchen showroom, to create a look that is layered in its style and its meaning.

Trends in Transitional Kitchen Design

In general, most designers opt for a neutral color palette with varying shades of browns and tans. Transitional high-end design is all about creating a look that is timeless but modern, and using neutral color schemes do a great job of not dating themselves. Of course, no one is suggesting eschewing color. A pop of color here and there can go a long way. By and large though, neutral color schemes seem to work best for transitional kitchens. Our Modiani Kitchen designers suggest using focal points, splashes of color, and varied textures to create a kitchen that is layered in its visual intrigue. By mixing focal points, colors, and textures along with using a variety of materials, the overall look of the kitchen space should feel rich in its variation and cohesive at the same time. At Modiani, we offer two different styles of transitional kitchens, Cesar Italian luxury kitchens and various American made transitional kitchen lines.

Transitional Design Elements:

  • Sleek Cabinetry:
    You may want to choose sleek, but not too sleek kitchen cabinets. Stick more to the modern side than the traditional side and keep the cabinetry rather low-key. By not going too traditional, which would be characterized by intricate features, you lessen the risk of your cabinetry being too apparent in the design. This doesn’t mean that you should use modern lacquer or glass cabinetry, and transitional designers won’t suggest going that far. However, using modern design materials and combining them with wood, which is a traditional material, would be a very typical, transitional kitchen style.
  • Kitchen Materials:
    Tile, concrete, cork and wood are all common luxury kitchen materials. Switch up how you use them. Concrete is gaining popularity for counters, but it can be used in other ways, too. A concrete backsplash or a wooden countertop could provide a totally different look than a traditional concrete counter with tile backsplash. Our advice is to think outside of the box!
  • Extraordinary Design Elements:
    Be open to what is around you and think of how you could incorporate different items into your new kitchen design. Chalkboard surfaces, for example are gaining popularity in kitchen design as a fresh, interesting way to make lists or share messages.
  • Combination of Styles:
    The key to creating something really interesting in transitional kitchen design is mixing styles and eras. Create an eclectic look by mixing eras in your fixtures. Taking the skeleton of one style and using the material of another style is a great way to incorporate different looks into a transitional space. For example, using modern materials on traditional style furniture or a stainless steel sink in a country farmhouse style kitchen could work really well.
  • Don’t Be Afraid!
    Transitional kitchens are all about coming up with something new that’s your own. Don’t get too worked up about how things “should be”. Instead, just trust your gut and our kitchen designers and create something that you think is great. By trusting your instincts and going for it, you might discover something really innovative and great that suits your needs and adds a great splash of style to your home.

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“I have nothing but high praise of the quality of
work that Modiani Kitchen offers to its customers.”

Jae K. - March 2019