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5 Elements of a Transitional Kitchen

  • April 18, 2019

Transitional-styled kitchens are the most popular style in homes today as their fresh appeal is both exciting and enduring. This design style is a beautiful middle ground for people who find traditional a little too formal, but pure contemporary doesn’t fit well with their home or taste, either.

The beauty of transitional is that it's entirely what you make of it!

On today’s blog, we are going educate you on this unique style and walk you through five elements of a transitional kitchen.

What is Transitional Style?

Transitional design is the thoughtful blend of traditional and contemporary styles to create unique, one-of-a-kind spaces. This can be everything from blending straight and curved lines to balancing both masculine and feminine elements. The combination of a traditional kitchen’s attention to detail and the sleek lines of a contemporary kitchen makes for beautiful transitional spaces.

1. Sleek Cabinetry and Hardware

Transitional kitchen cabinetry is simpler in style than traditional cabinetry. Whereas traditional cabinetry often features raised panels and other rich detailing, transitional cabinetry features flat panels with minimal trim. A transitional cabinet, while sleek and clean, is more versatile than a typical contemporary cabinet, which is characterized by a full slab door, with no panel and no trim.

Hardware in a transitional kitchen is also classic and minimal without excessive detail.

2. Minimal Accents

Keep it simple and clutter-free when accessorizing a transitional kitchen. As shown below, the greenery and crisp white and light grays and browns create a cohesive, clean look.

Monochromatic Transitional kitchen

Dura Supreme Kitchen

3. Neutral Palette

Transitional spaces, including kitchens, typically feature neutral color schemes that are timeless and tend to blend well with the surrounding spaces. Elements of the décor tend to be monochromatic and layered to convey a warm feel. If you’re going to add a pop of color, keep it to a minimum.

4. Natural Surfaces

Granite, marble, and other natural surfaces are very well-suited for all kitchens, regardless of the style. For a transitional kitchen, steer clear of any detailed edge profiles and remember to keep the countertop design minimal and classic, just like the rest of the space!

5. Lots of Texture

Because transitional kitchens often have a neutral color palette, homing in on texture in a few key elements is important. This can be done in a tile backsplash, lighting fixture or hardware selection. A little bit of texture can go a long way in spicing up your kitchen design!

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Johnny McCarron says

Wow, these elements make me want to get a transitional kitchen of my own. Perhaps I should look at kitchen remodeling contractors. It’d sure be nice to have an aesthetically strong and practical kitchen.

The Mingle Team says

Transitional kitchens are timeless and definitely aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, functional! Searching for an experienced and trustworthy kitchen remodeling professional is a great place to start the process! In case you didn’t know, Mingle is a kitchen and bath design studio where we provide full service kitchen remodeling services and everything you need for your remodel under our one roof. We are here to help!

Thank you for reading the Mingle blog and let us know if you can help in the future. Good luck 🙂

Lloyd Bronson says

My sister is looking to get her kitchen remodeled, as she believes that it is quite outdated, and it admittedly is. I found it beneficial when you mentioned that minimal accenting can work to make a kitchen more visually appealing to the eye. I’ll be sure to send your article to my sister so she can take notes from it!

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