Transitional is the preferred kitchen design within the Nationwide Kitchen + Tub Affiliation’s 2019 kitchen design developments. The truth is, 65% of kitchens designed prior to now yr had been transitional, greater than double the kitchens that had been conventional, modern or farmhouse, in response to Tricia Zack, Market Analysis Analyst on the NKBA.

Why are transitional kitchens so common? And, maybe extra importantly, would this type suit your design aesthetic? inhomedesign requested Zack and John Starck, CEO and Proprietor of Showcase Kitchens in Manhasset, NY, to elucidate the options that outline a transitional kitchen.

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Clean, light and airy.

Clear, mild and ethereal. Picture: Breadmaker/Shutterstock

Clear and relaxed

“Transitional design gives one of the best of each worlds, mixing the textures of conventional with the sleekness of latest design,” says Starck. “For kitchens, suppose geometric, clear and sensible strains for the counter tops, cabinetry, crown molding and different crafted parts.”

Starck says non-fussy is a key component of transitional kitchens. “By no means would you embrace corbels or ornate appliques or different closely ornamental options typical of conventional kitchens,” he explains.

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Floor to ceiling subway tiles.

Flooring-to-ceiling subway tiles. Picture courtesy of Showcase Kitchens.


Since transitional kitchens usually open to the dwelling space, designers are choosing clean options that mix in. What’s extra, they usually purpose to realize a light-weight and ethereal impact. “Designers report utilizing clear colours corresponding to whites, grays, beiges, bones and blues,” Zack says. These are good decisions for now — and when householders determine to promote since impartial colours enchantment to consumers.

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Cabinet drawers in abundance.

Cupboard drawers in abundance. Picture courtesy of Showcase Kitchens.


In transitional kitchens, cupboards are often a light-weight or medium coloration in painted wooden, wooden grain or combined supplies. “Our report reveals that designers are utilizing built-in storage with recessed panels, and doorways are usually not as prevalent as drawers,” Zack says. Matte ornamental or built-in are additionally traits of this design type.

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Updraft hoods are a staple of transitional kitchens.

Updraft hoods are a staple of transitional kitchens. Picture courtesy of Showcase Kitchens.

Home equipment

“White kitchens with chrome steel home equipment are nonetheless king — with continuously contrasting island and perimeter cabinetry,” explains Starck. Additionally, look forward to finding fully-integrated French-door fridges in transitional kitchens. “Designers have instructed us there’ll both be an induction cooktop together with a wall oven and microwave, or a dual-fuel or fuel vary,” Zack says. Updraft hoods and standard-door dishwashers are different staples on this design.

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Counter tops with waterfall edges. Picture: C Wooden Images/Shutterstock

Counter tops and backsplashes

“Marble counter tops and even marble backsplashes work fantastically for transitional kitchens,” Starck says. Different common options that outline transitional kitchens embrace quartz and quartzite. “Designers say counter tops are thick (1¼ inch) and are both conventional or they’ve waterfall edges,” Zack explains.

“Subway tile for backsplashes remains to be a favourite, however mosaics and glass tile in a wide range of sizes work nice, too,” Starck explains.

Sinks and taps

“Standard sinks kinds amongst designers embrace chrome steel single bowl or apron sinks,” Zack says.

Amongst taps, brushed chrome steel finishes reign; matte, polished or satin finishes are additionally common. Nonetheless, there isn’t any choice concerning faucet performance. “Designers are deciding on taps which might be motion-controlled, contact and even guide,” she says.

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Dark wood floors provide contrast.

Darkish wooden flooring present distinction. Picture: Breadmaker/Shutterstock

Flooring and lighting

“The flooring could be both tile or wooden, sometimes excessive gloss, however it doesn’t must be,” says Starck. Designers are utilizing each hardwood and engineered wooden plank, persevering with the talk on utilizing hardwood flooring in kitchens and loos. “The varied forms of large-format tile utilized in transitional kitchens embrace ceramic, porcelain and stone,” Zack says. “Some designers are additionally utilizing luxurious vinyl.”

Designers are incorporating a wide range of lighting choices in transitional kitchens. “This contains recessed lights and pendants and dimmer and conventional switches,” Zack says. Undercabinet lighting and inside cupboard lighting are additionally options of this kitchen type. And designers are extra continuously including movement sensors and keypads.

“Lighting, seating and are areas the place our shoppers have enjoyable,” Starck says. “Up to date, mid-century trendy, industrial, glam and even conventional parts can mix efficiently right into a transitional kitchen.”

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