Clean and relaxed
“The transition design offers the best of both worlds, combining the textures of the traditional with the elegance of contemporary design,” says Starck. “For kitchens, think of geometric, clean and practical lines for countertops, cabinets, ceiling moldings and other elaborate elements.”
Starck says that no picky eater is a key element of transition kitchens. “You would never include ornate brackets or sconces or other very decorative features typical of traditional kitchens,” he explains.
Since transition kitchens often open to the living room, designers opt for soft features that blend together. In addition, they often aim to achieve a light and airy effect. “Designers report that they use clean colors such as white, gray, beige, bone and blue,” says Zach. Those are good options for now, and when the owners decide to sell, since neutral colors are attractive to buyers.
In transition kitchens, the cabinets are generally of a light or medium color in painted wood, wood grain or mixed materials. “Our report reveals that designers are using integrated storage with recessed panels, and the doors are not as frequent as drawers,” says Zach. Matte decorative hardware or integrated hardware are also features of this design style.
“White kitchens with stainless steel appliances remain the king, with frequently contrasting island and perimeter cabinets,” Starck explains. Also, expect to find refrigerators with French doors fully integrated in transition kitchens. “The designers have told us that there will be an induction stove along with a wall and microwave oven, or a double fuel or gas stove,” says Zach. Upstream hoods and standard door dishwashers are other basic elements in this design.
Countertops and splashes
“Marble countertops and even marble splatter plates work wonderfully for transition kitchens,” says Starck. Other popular features that define transition kitchens include quartz and quartzite. “The designers say that the countertops are thick (1¼ inch) and are traditional or have waterfall edges,” Zach explains.
“Subway splatter tiles are still favorites, but glass mosaics and tiles in a variety of sizes also work very well,” Starck explains.
Floors and lighting
“The floor can be tile or wood, usually high gloss, but it doesn’t have to be that way,” says Starck. Designers are using hardwood and engineering planks, continuing the debate on the use of wooden floors in kitchens and bathrooms. “The various types of large format tiles used in transition kitchens include ceramics, porcelain and stone,” says Zach. “Some designers are also using luxury vinyl.”
Designers are incorporating a variety of lighting options in transition kitchens. “This includes recessed and hanging lights and dimmer and traditional switches,” says Zach. The lighting under the cabinet and the interior cabinet lighting are also characteristic of this style of cooking. And designers more frequently add motion sensors and keyboards.