Transitional kitchen design is basically a blending of traditional kitchen design and elements of modern kitchen design. Whilst it is 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 and tend to come up with something new that’s eclectic, without following any specific design rules. When designed well, a transitional design can be totally fabulous and unique.
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. Whilst modern design elements embrace a brand new style, traditional 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 design process. So, how can you get the look? Below are some tried, valuable tips from our kitchen designers.
Transitional designs work best for creative clients, who are happy to try out something new and are ready for decorative adventures. It may embrace some risks to commit to a kitchen that is outstanding and original, but definitely worth it. Transitional kitchen design is all about mixing styles and materials. Whilst 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 an overarching look that is layered in its style and meaning.
In General, most designers opt for a neutral color palette with varying shades of browns and tans. Transitional 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.
Transitional kitchens often also include the following design elements:
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