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Design Recipe: Transitional Kitchen

December 1, 2017

Discover the essentials that make this upcoming style unique and functional, without over-doing it! Here we are spilling our tips and tricks for nailing this look. 

Laying out the Basics:


What is the definition of Transitional style, you might be wondering? Also known as "Classic with a Contemporary twist" or "New take on Traditional", transitional refers to a contemporary blend of traditional and modern styles. Which leads us to our first step; decide on a style for the foundation. Providing continuity in the base layer will prevent your room from becoming a mosh of clashing styles. Instead, layer in the contrasting details for an organic and relaxed feel. 




In our Cohen project we decided on a traditional base using white shaker style cabinetry and natural Carrara marble stone for the tops. We kept the layout consistent with a traditional kitchen as well, opting for a straight forward center island. This technique provided the balance needed for modern accessories. Chrome pendant lights and stainless steel bar stools brought an edgy, contemporary spin to the room. Metallic backsplash tile makes for a trendy focal point. These items along with modern stainless steel pulls marry the differing styles together, creating our coveted transitional look.

 Pick your Palette: 


You might be working with differing styles and finishes, but your constant should be found in your palette. This will help keep the design on course and maintain a pleasing, curated aesthetic. Traditional and contemporary are opposite styles, but by choosing a common color scheme they can be used to compliment each other.  


Back to Materials: 

You don't have to go for the glaringly obvious to create a transitional look. Just take our Tally project for example, which errs more on the side of a traditional farmhouse kitchen. Even subtle choices such as choosing pillowed subway tile over your standard will do the trick. Or, for instance, choosing a modern stainless steel drop in sink over the typical farmhouse brings a transitional look. Small details like contemporary molding, slab drawer panels and centering your hood between two windows will hint at a transitional style. 




What's your favorite style of kitchen? Sound off in the comments below!





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