When it comes to the ideal design of your kitchen it is likely that you sit within either one of two camps – a champion of contemporary or a stalwart for the traditional. However, why not break free of these rigid style archetypes and embrace them both?
Transitional kitchen design was one of the most popular style choices in 2012 and this trend is set to grow even more this year, but what is it exactly, and how can you achieve the perfect blend of the classic and the modern?
Key Transitional Design Elements
The idea of a kitchen that has been styled with both modern and traditional elements may sound as though it could pose a significant design clash but when done properly it can produce a unique aesthetic that is truly your own – but what exactly does transitional design incorporate?
Essentially it marries the clean and sleek lines of contemporary design with the warmth of the traditional look, but the biggest draw of utilising transitional aesthetics is that you can pretty much make it into whatever you want it to be. There are no strict rules to follow which affords you the freedom to experiment with different features.
Why not add touches of contrasting style – something unexpected – such as a chalkboard on a modern refrigerator for your family to leave notes on, a mix of granite and glass on your sink’s backsplash or modern materials on more traditional furniture. One particularly popular technique is to make use of both smooth granite or concrete and real wood surfaces for kitchen worktops.
Ultimately the choice is entirely yours, but despite the contrast, you will need to make sure that all of the features look right together.
The Benefits of Transitional Design
So apart from the freedom to express yourself why would you want to incorporate these ideas in your home?
Typically if your property’s aesthetic leans more towards tradition than modernity – or vice-versa – you will need to keep that look consistent to avoid one particular room appearing out of place. As transitional design features both styles it can be adapted to fit within literally any kind of home, allowing for an avenue of creativity that you may have thought wasn’t open to you. Furthermore it is a design that is very versatile, offering you the chance to adjust the look towards more contemporary or more traditional depending on your changing taste.
One problem with the contemporary design is that it can sometimes feel a little ‘cold’, however by injecting elements of the classic aesthetic you can enjoy the benefits of both modernity and the inviting warmth of traditional kitchens.
The transitional aesthetic should not be seen as an excuse to throw effective planning and material sourcing out of the window altogether and you will still need to meticulously design your new kitchen right down to the smallest details to avoid an unbalanced look.
About the Author
John Rooney is a homeowner who recently updated his traditional kitchen with contemporary elements with the help of online kitchen retailer the Online Kitchen Store.