A transitional kitchen incorporates some elements of contemporary kitchens and some elements of traditional kitchens. It’s not one or the other, but rather a blend of many design elements to create a unique and timeless look.

The entire kitchen, however, does not have to be transitional. Instead, many homeowners opt to add a few transitional elements while giving the rest of the space a more contemporary feel.

What Makes a Transitional Kitchen?

There are several transitional interior design elements that you’ll find in a typical kitchen of this style:

  • Clean lines in countertops, cabinets, and crown molding
  • Modern light fixtures, as well as traditional pendants
  • Clean molding lines
  • Shaker cabinet doors or stained and painted finishes
  • Earth tones mixed with whites, along with a blend of natural and man-made materials
  • Neutral and natural colors

Transitional Kitchen Colors

As implied above, transitional kitchen styles don’t have much color by themselves. Neutral colors are favored over bold ones, but little pops of color can be added in the form of countertop appliances, such as toasters, coffee makers, blenders, and stand mixers. Additional opportunities to incorporate color include utensil holders, area rugs, table runners, fruit bowls, dish towels, flowers, and open shelves with colorful decorations, dinnerware, mixing bowls, and more.

Should your taste in color change in the future, it would be easy to swap out any of these items for new ones that suit your current preferences. Due to their neutral color scheme and lack of “over the top” design elements, homes with transitional kitchen styles tend to have higher resale values than homes with other kitchen designs, so that might be worth considering when planning a kitchen remodel.

Transitional Kitchen Ideas

A good design creates rhythm and flow with its surroundings. Because transitional kitchens are a fusion of traditional and contemporary styles, it can be difficult for an untrained eye to find the right balance between the two while avoiding the creation of a space that’s jarring to look at. The kitchen remodeling experts at Raleigh Kitchens would love the opportunity to review your project requirements and brainstorm some transitional kitchen ideas that would meet your needs.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your kitchen remodel, Durham, NC is where you’ll find our design studio. We meet there with clients from the Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill areas to help them discover their design styles, show them samples of our products, and begin planning their remodeling projects.

We offer a complimentary, one-hour consultation. Call us today to learn more about our kitchen design process and to see if a transitional kitchen design is best for your home.


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Chi Wang Yiu

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