A transitional kitchen is similar in design to a traditional kitchen but has a much cleaner design that incorporates very straight lines. It often uses a monochromatic palette, or a toned down colour scheme, and lets the richness of the materials used give it its depth.
Caesarstone developed an incredible design tool called the Visualizer to help you design your transitional kitchen. If you go to The-Visualiser you will see an option for a transitional kitchen.
Using the Visualiser tool, you can select different shades for your countertop, island, backsplash, flooring, cabinets and even walls.
When it comes to selecting cabinetry, you should choose cabinets with clean lines and avoid those that are very ornamented. For example, the cabinets in the transitional kitchen below have a flush inset which gives them extra depth without making them over decorated. Also, the top cabinets have simple glass inserts that give them a lighter feel without compromising
their clean and symmetrical look.
Natural wood works well in transitional kitchens. In this kitchen a rich oak was chosen for both the island and the cabinets along the wall. You can also opt for Walnut, which has a deeper red tone and a wonderful warm feel to it.
Unlike very traditional kitchens, wood is not a must for the cabinetry, and if you prefer to use Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) or other manufactured materials, you should consider choosing shades of black, ivory or grey.
When it comes to the countertops and backsplash, try to select a relatively toned down shade that has a rich and natural feel to it. Caesarstone has a very wide range of surfaces that work very well in transitional kitchens. For example, the Calacatta Nuvo 5131 has a soft, marble like design, which adds warmth and elegance to the kitchen.
Grey veins on a white opaque base give it a rich texture. Another great choice is the Bianco Drift 6131 which has a light grey tone and incorporates very delicate veins of white, brown and darker grey. If you prefer a darker toned countertop or backsplash, the Vanilla Noir 5100 is a black surface with a subtle play of white and grey veins.
You should also take advantage of your walls to add to the monochromatic scheme or textual depth. If you paint your walls either light or dark grey, you are off to a great start. White can also work well. It keeps your kitchen airy and bright and easily compliments the rest of your kitchen’s décor.
If you want to use your walls to add textural depth, consider using a pattern such as Demask which has a symmetrical element to it and which adds a touch of traditional sophistication.
When accessorizing your transitional kitchen, opt for simple and minimalistic accents as opposed to very loud and dominating ones. On the kitchen cabinets, for example, choose metallic knobs with simple round or rectangular shapes as opposed to very ornate ones.
Also, avoid cluttering your kitchen. A beautiful bowl or vase can be used to draw attention, but avoid a fussy display that takes away from the clean and straight lines of the kitchen. You can of course add touches of colour here and there, but try not to have colour compete with the richness of the textures.
A great accessory you should consider for your transitional kitchen is a well-designed light fixture (or fixtures). The light fixture should be large enough to draw attention and give the kitchen a certain spark, but at the same time it should have relatively clean lines and match the overall toned down colour scheme of your transitional kitchen.
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