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Design Spotlight: Transitional Kitchens

Posted on: February 21, 2011

Do you want a beautiful combination of a contemporary kitchen and traditional kitchen that displays an urbane, updated look?  If so, consider a transitional kitchen!  A transitional kitchen design falls somewhere in between a conventional and contemporary kitchen and uses a variety of textures and material.  Choose a theme to fit your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences – the possibilities are endless when designing transitional kitchens!

Transitional Kitchen Countertops

Feel free to walk on the wild side in designing your transitional kitchen counters!  There is a multitude of materials to choose from – many different surfaces look great in a transitional kitchen.  Try counters with a granite or marble surface.  Black is a popular color – it nicely complements contemporary kitchens but also preserves that old-fashioned charm, especially with hardwood floors.

A minimalistic white kitchen with silver appliances

Transitional Kitchen Cabinets

Transitional kitchen cabinets can have a more updated look of the traditional shaker style, achieved by increasing the width of the stiles and framing.  Cabinets with a partial glass face also incorporate a strikingly modern touch.  Painting your cabinets white or cream colored (a good look for shaker style cabinets) to contrast wood features also offers the perfect balance between conventional and contemporary.  Don’t limit yourself, but keep in mind that the hardware in transitional kitchens is important since it helps define the style!

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Transitional Kitchen Walls and Floors

In transitional kitchen design, feel free to look at many different types of floors to find the perfect one for your taste.  Wood floors work well when combined with contemporary stainless steel appliances and glass surfaces.  Don’t feel like you are limited in choice – you can go more conventional with hardwood floors or give your kitchen a more up-to-date appearance with a tile floor. If you want that hardwood appearance but with additional durability, there are affordable flooring options available to you online, like LVP. Tiles in a diagonal pattern are simple yet add visual detail.

An all-white kitchen with silver appliances and recessed lighting

Transitional Kitchen Accessories

If you are wondering how to decorate a transitional kitchen, you have plenty of options!  They should have the angular lines and solid colors found in contemporary kitchens, as well as that traditional kitchen old-fashioned appeal.  A square shaped hanging ceiling lamp or floating glass countertop can add a unique touch.  The key is not going overboard, but a few unique touches and stark contrasts offer everything you need for the perfect transitional kitchen!

A white and dark gray schemed kitchen with mirrored cabinet doors, and two large center islands displaying flowers and fruits

A transitional kitchen has the versatility to offer traditional features that many love, alongside the modern touches that are becoming more popular!  It’s perfect for those who want both styles or can’t decide whether they want to stick with a traditional kitchen or a contemporary kitchen – why not have a little bit of both?

Jack Rosen Customs Kitchens has designed many stunning transitional kitchens in the area, including:

  • Potomac, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Clarksburg, MD
  • Arlington, VA
  • Falls Church, VA

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