Transitional Style: Yours, Truly!

June 9, 2014No comments

Are you looking for a kitchen design that is fresh and unique, but has a comfortable, familiar feel? It sounds like you are a candidate for transitional style. This hard-to-define concept inhabits a vast space between traditional and contemporary, and offers a perfect canvas for your personal statement.

Perhaps your style is clean and simple, bordering on contemporary. But you want a place for Great-Grandma’s flowered china cocoa pot. Establish the tone of the room with Shaker cabinets in a painted finish. Then modify one or two cabinets to display heirlooms and art through clear glass doors. Voila! A transitional space that, with one foot in each century, tells worlds about you and what you care about.

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Design by Karla Reck

In the kitchen pictured above, the farmhouse sink, a very traditional style, rockets to the 21st century when fashioned out of stainless steel. In itself, the sink is an example of transitional design. It is comfortably flanked by Shaker cabinets adorned with traditional cup pulls. Crossing the room, you find ornate pendant lights followed by a stainless range hood and glass-door wine cabinet. The iteration of traditional and contemporary is almost rhythmic in its regularity.

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Design by Stephanie Aichinger

In the photo above, the blend of contemporary and traditional is achieved by combining manufactured and natural surfaces in the same space. The stainless range hood makes a standout appearance as a contemporary feature in a kitchen bordered by richly finished cherry cabinetry. The cabinets themselves, CliqStudios Dayton Cherry Russet, incorporate the old and new. Fashioned in the angular Shaker style, they boast a rich traditional cherry finish, while rising to the ceiling without crown molding or any other curve or interruption. Cabinet hardware, simple stainless bar pulls, adds a dramatic touch without straying from the established pattern.

Do you have any questions on how to create a graceful transitional design? Have you successfully mixed old and new in your kitchen? Share your experience by commenting below.