Transitional Kitchen cabinet remodel


Transitional kitchens are just what they sound like. They’re somewhere in the middle – a transition between modern and traditional design. This eclectic, modern but timeless, but then again super modern design style is growing more and more popular every day.

So, how can you get the look? Below are some tried and true tips from kitchen designers who specialize in transitional kitchens.

Nature Meets Machine

Transitional design is all about mixing styles, and mixing materials couldn’t speak more to that great approach. Though more straightforward design might stick to either wood or stainless steel, transitional design uses them both — and the mix is breathtaking. Some designs will use a group of vastly different materials — from concrete to wood to tile to steel — to create one overarching look that is layered in its style and meaning.

Neutrals Are Best

When mixing modern with traditional to create transitional, most designers opt for a neutral color palette in varying shades of browns and tans. Transitional is all about creating a look that’s timeless but modern, and neutral color schemes do a good job of not dating themselves. Of course, no one is suggesting you eschew color altogether. A pop of color here and there can go a long way. By and large, though, neutral color schemes are best for transitional kitchens.

Transitional Kitchen Cabinet Renovation, Englewood Cliffs

Sleek Cabinetry 

But not too sleek. You don’t want to go ultra modern here, but you probably should stick more on the modern side than the traditional side. Most transitional designers suggest keeping the cabinetry low-key in general. By not going too traditional — which is characterized by intricate features — you lessen the risk of your cabinetry being too apparent in the design. However, most modern design would use a lacquer or glass for the custom cabinetry, and transitional designers aren’t suggesting you go that far. Doing something that’s a more modern style but that perhaps uses wood, which is a traditional material, is very transitional.

Visual Intrigue

Though the cabinets are low-key and the colors are neutral, transitional kitchens are anything but boring. Transitional 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 in one space, the overall look should feel rich in its variation but it should also feel cohesive.

Transitional Kitchen Cabinet Renovation, Englewood Cliffs

Something New, Something Old

By its very nature, transitional design involves mixing two unlike things to make something new and in-between. Have a look at our high-end transitional kitchen portfolio to become more familiar with this style of kitchen. Modern design embraces brand new, while traditional design tends to borrow elements from time to create an overall timeless, classic feel. When you’re working with transitional design, you’ll want to use both modern and classic. This could mean mixing antiques with technology, mixing an old table with modern chairs, or any other mix-and-match scenario. The most inviting thing to many people who use transitional design is the lack of rules. You can really do anything you want!


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Jae K. - March 2019