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Elements of a Transitional Design Style

Transitional kitchen design styles encapsulate the charm of a traditional space and channels it through a contemporary design style. It is a fine balance between natural décor elements, functionality with elements of a crisp, clean set-up. The transitional kitchen is ideal for those whose décor tastes are not confined to one design style.

Achieving a Transitional Kitchen

Flooring –

In lieu of solid wood floors, wooden laminate or normal vitrified tiles with a natural wood finish would be a great place to start. As it is the first thing that people look at when they enter the kitchen, ensure that it complements the rest of your décor.

Neutral Shades –

Choosing neutral colours and pastels add light to any space. These colours also go well with other shades so you don’t have to worry about an unpleasant mix. With a light colour as the base for your wall décor, you can afford to add bright pops of colour in the form of cabinet doors or knick-knacks.

Cabinets and Kitchen Tops –

Panelled doors and drawers of the kitchen pulls this look together. Wooden panels are ‘in’ and these are often accompanied by contemporary handles for better functionality. Cabinetry in this style, do not dominate the space, streamline your cabinets and allow them to blend into the décor rather than stand out. Transitional kitchen counters favour natural surfaces such as marble, granite or limestone. In addition to the aesthetic aspects, these countertops are also easy to maintain.

Lighting – Transitional kitchens tend to favour more industrial lighting option, this can be achieved by choosing from a variety of shades for pendant lamps. Opt for neutral colours – cool greys and clean whites.

Embellishments –

For those with a penchant for a colonial English design, add mouldings or brackets that is synonymous with that era. For others, who prefer a more ethnic finish, perhaps a solid ‘kadappa’ or black stone slab with vintage hardware would do the trick. Being economical with the embellishments is a good idea to prevent overshadowing the other design style.

Simple accents –

Add small touches to encourage the idea of a mix of eras, turn a traditional copper vessel to a flower vase or place a brass bowl on the countertop. A pure white vase or a planter, an English tea set, would be perfect for that European touch.

With the warmth of traditional furniture, natural settings and contemporary colours, your kitchen can easily transcend to transitional. Perfect for those who enjoy a range when it comes to design and décor, the transitional style is a flexible option. One of the latest kitchen designs, the transitional kitchen, with its contemporary base, with minimal changes made to its décor, you can change the look of your kitchen in no time.