Last year transitional kitchens were the most popular style of kitchen design, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association. In fact, the NKBA says that transitional kitchens were twice as popular as traditional or contemporary kitchens. And here at Trends, we see that same love for this design here in Oakville.

What exactly is a transitional kitchen?

A transitional kitchen is one that uses design elements of both traditional and contemporary kitchens and offers homeowners the best of both worlds. For example, a transitional design might include natural materials like woods and stone that you would expect to find in a traditional kitchen, with sleek manufactured materials like stainless steel that you would expect to find in a contemporary kitchen.

While there are certainly references to the past, a transitional kitchen is highly functional, incorporating modern – and even smart home elements.

Features of a transitional kitchen

Although the definition of a transitional kitchen can be somewhat broad, certain features help define this design style.

These include:

  • Clean lines – Although blending traditional and contemporary, you can still expect transitional kitchens to have clean lines. No overly fussy or ornate features here. Cabinetry, countertops, crown molding, and other elements will all have clean lines.
  • Light and airy colours – Since today’s kitchens often open up into other living areas, most transitional kitchens aim to have a light and airy effect with their colours. Popular choices for Oakville homes include grays, whites, beiges, and blues.
  • Cabinets – Generally speaking, the cabinets in transitional kitchens are light or medium wood grains or painted wood. Integrated hardware or matte decorative hardware is also popular in the design.
  • Stainless steel appliances – Stainless steel appliances with a white kitchen is one of the most popular combinations for transitional kitchens. Often, there will also be a contrasting kitchen island.
  • Countertops and backsplashes – Natural countertops such as marble, quartz and quartzite are very popular. Usually, countertops will be traditional or have waterfall edges. Backsplashes made from marble, subway tile, or glass are also trendy.
  • Sinks and faucets – Stainless steel sinks or apron sinks are popular choices for transitional kitchens. Faucets are often stainless steel with a matte, polished, or satin finish.
  • Flooring – Flooring options for transitional kitchens are usually tile or wood. They are typically high gloss, but not always. Tile choices include stone, porcelain and ceramic, although you can also find luxury vinyl being used in some kitchens.
  • Lighting – Lighting is an essential element of any kitchen, and in a transitional kitchen, you can expect to find recessed or pendant lights. Additionally, undercabinet lighting and interior cabinet lighting, are helping to add to the functionality of these kitchen designs.

The beauty of the transitional design is that it incorporates both the old and the new without ever allowing the design to feel disjointed. And the best part is that you can determine how you want to mix and match the traditional with the contemporary to design the ideal kitchen for your Oakville home.

Are you planning a kitchen remodel? Whether you love the transitional look or you wish to do something different, we can help! Contact us today for a free consultation.