Transitional style

TRANSITIONAL STYLE: THE GREAT MODERATOR BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL

TRANSITIONAL STYLE: THE GREAT MODERATOR BETWEEN CONTEMPORARY AND TRADITIONAL

When choosing a style for their renovation, most homeowners are torn between different styles for their project. Do I want my kitchen to be sleek and modern? Or do I want it to be cozy and traditional? Known as the great moderator, a transitional kitchen is the savior for homeowners unsure about their style of choice. Transitional style blends modern innovation with classic design by mixing man-made and organic materials.

A transitional style is similar to contemporary except for the fact that it allows for slight ornamentation. A core element of a transitional space is the projection of balance and harmony throughout.

When choosing a style for their renovation, most homeowners are torn between different styles for their project. Do I want my kitchen to be sleek and modern? Or do I want it to be cozy and traditional? Known as the great moderator, a transitional kitchen is the savior for homeowners unsure about their style of choice. Transitional style blends modern innovation with classic design by mixing man-made and organic materials.


Appliances

Appliances used throughout a transitional space don’t quite include any presets such as stainless steel appliances (like seen throughout modern and contemporary kitchens). The great part about transitional kitchens are that they can fit into almost any style of home. A recurring element throughout transitional spaces is unique touches added by the homeowners such as chalkboard panels on fridge doors or farmhouse sinks in a stainless steel finish. As long as you step out of the box with your style choices, your space is likely to fit into the transitional style.


Flooring

Neutral colors are a core element of transitional kitchens as well as mixing man-made and organic materials. This fact is a reason why natural materials are commonly used throughout transitional spaces for flooring. Materials such as hardwood floors or stone are common. Uncommon to a transitional kitchen is laminate wood or extravagantly colored/patterned tiles.


Cabinetry

Crisp cabinetry that source from organic materials are key in transitional kitchen styles. Cabinetry generally has a wood finish because a transitional style favors natural surfaces over manufactured materials. Cabinetry is streamlined just below the point of a modern kitchen.

Because transitional kitchen styles are all about organic materials, natural surfaces are the most common for countertops. Materials such as concrete are a popular choice for transitional countertops. Textured backsplashes are a great choice for homeowners looking for a transitional space.


Accessories

Transitional spaces layer neutrals with monochromatic touches. Sleek hardware and simple yet graphic accessories are seen in transitional spaces. Any accessory that references details from the past but mixes new, modern elements is perfect for a transitional space.

Confused about what style to choose? Transitional spaces might just be a great fit! Conforming to a historical style is not what transitional spaces are about! Instead, homeowners are able to have fun creating their own, transitional style!