Welcome back to the second in our ‘Know your styles’ series, this week we tackle the rather confusing, but brilliant subject of ‘transitional kitchens’.
So just what are transitional kitchens and what’s so confusing about them? Well, simply put it’s a style that is just incredibly hard to pin down. It could perhaps be best described as a ‘neither here nor there’ style that blends retro and traditional influences with chic contemporary styles to create something which is wholly new.
This makes deciding if a kitchen is transitional or not can be a little complex. For example, a kitchen could have wooden Shaker cabinetry throughout the entire room, but other things in the room such as concrete accenting could make most interior designers describe it as transitional rather than a Shaker kitchen.
At any rate, it’s an incredible style that is popular the world over. So, here’s our top tips for recognising it and achieving it in your own home!
Mix natural and manufactured materials
One of the blaring telltale signs of a transitional kitchen is the mixture of natural materials such as wood, marble and granite with manufactured materials like concrete, composite worktops and stainless steel.
While you might think that the ratio between these new and old world materials would need to be 50/50 a transitional kitchen could actually be predominately hardwood for example with a touch of accenting provided by modern materials.
Mismatching is one of the hottest kitchen trend’s of 2017, however it has always been a staple of transitional kitchen design. Done right it looks interesting and chic, the great thing about a mismatched kitchen is frees you to pick whatever cabinets and worktops you like. And, you can take advantage of the different qualities of different materials.
For example polished concrete is robust, inexpensive and low maintenance, while also looking stylish and modern. It can however feel harsh and cold to some especially to eat at. But by mismatching it for example with a hardwood kitchen island you can get the best of both worlds.
Avoid fussy items
One of the tricks to getting the knack of this style is to avoid cabinets and other decor items that are too ornate, overly intricate or in other words fussy. As already stated Shaker style cupboards work because they have only modest detailing on the panels.
Stick to neutral colours
The colour schemes of transitional kitchens tend to avoid bright, bold colours in favour of layered neutrals. This creates and edgy but welcoming monochromatic affect. There’s nothing to stop you however throwing in a smidge of dazzling colour to accent the room.
Transitional kitchen’s tend to favour the use of lots of different textures in the place of colours. This creates an interesting tactile space, think about the different combinations of materials you could use to create smorgasbord of texture — different types of tiling, rough or polished stones, various types of wood, there’s a vast range of options to experiment with.