Whilst streamlined, contemporary kitchen designs now dominate the market, there is still something extremely appealing about a traditional kitchen style, ensuring continued demand and that they will never fall out of fashion. But now more than ever, many homeowners are seeking to blend designs elements more often associated with traditional kitchens, with those of a modern design. The resulting ‘transitional kitchen’ look is fresh, interesting, and offers a great deal of choice. It is perfect for homeowners who want to escape the confines of a single kitchen style and looking for flexibility. If transitional kitchens sound like it might be for you, then read on for how to put a twist onto a traditional kitchen style.
Firstly, what is a traditional kitchen?
Where modern kitchen doors tend to be flat and minimal, traditional kitchens instead favour ornamental and intricate design details. Traditional door profiles usually incorporate either a raised or recessed central panel.
An alternative to the above, might feature glass or even metal mesh. Cornices, visible hinges and elaborate mouldings are commonplace for cabinetry. And natural materials such as wood and stone combine to form a neutral kitchen setting which is both warm and inviting.
So how do you add a modern twist?
Go for Shaker/traditional kitchen doors with crisper edges
Shaker kitchen doors are defined by their recessed central panels, and have long been a firm representation of traditional kitchen styles. But at the same time, their simple, clean lines ensure they also work well for contemporary spaces. Modern kitchen companies (such as LWK Kitchens) recognize this, and in recent years many have made it even easier to work Shaker doors into modern designs. This is done through the introduction of new door profiles with squarer, more streamlined edges. These transitional kitchen doors retain the recognizable ‘Shaker’ panel, yet exude a much more modern look. This look can easily be introduced into any kitchen space.
Go for modern colours with subtle wood grains
Along with pared back and more streamlined door profiles, many kitchen companies have also introduced increasingly modern colour options. For example, where heavily grained dark wood Shaker doors are beautiful for kitchens, they are very traditional in look. It is best avoided if you want to create a more modern feel. Similarly, neutral whites, creams and browns are associated with traditional kitchen looks. Instead it is better to go for Shaker doors in pale woods, or else neutral colours such as a soft blue, warm grey or pale taupe. Many of these colours still exude a soft grain pattern or else are available in a lacquer option. Matt grey tones are particularly effective for bridging the gap between traditional and modern. Grey achieves an ultra-elegant kitchen look whilst also accommodating other colours and accessories.
Make your appliances work for the space
One of the benefits of choosing more streamlined cabinetry is that it is easily accommodating of contemporary kitchen appliances. Traditional pieces such as a traditional range cooker, allow much more flexibility when it comes to your design.
Whilst most modern integrated appliances will be hidden by door fronts, hints of stainless steel on the edge of an oven or wine fridge will easily update a kitchen look, yet without making it appear too modern. Conversely a bold coloured range cooker contrasted against the rest of your units would make an eye-catching feature. Also adding to your transitional kitchens appeal.
Choose slim worktops
Chunky worktops are a popular choice for traditional kitchens. But if you want a modern twist then opt for a slimmer worktop profile. They are available in height from as thin as 10mm! Traditional worktop materials such as granite or marble will work for modern kitchens too. Although you can just as easily go for other options such as quartz or Corian. Just stick with paler worktop colours and keep the edges simple & void of anything ornate in order to maintain your kitchen’s clean lines.
Handle it carefully
When planning your transitional kitchens, one of the elements that will have a big impact on your kitchen’s overall look is the door handles you choose. Handles such as window bar pulls, or drop handles will effect a very traditional look. Whereas classic cup handles, bin pulls, or vintage pulls can work for both modern and traditional styles. To achieve a much more contemporary twist on your kitchen’s look consider linear bar pulls or tubular (sometimes called barrel) bar pulls.
The material and colour you choose for your kitchen handles will also impact on the look. Stainless steel handles, or else metallic finishes are currently very on trend for kitchens. It also offers a very easy means for offering a stylish modern touch to a traditional kitchen setting. And in the case of metallic, whether for handles, taps or light fixtures, you won’t require much for this to totally transform and update your kitchen’s look!
Make it Your Own!
Other traditional design elements worth consideration include glass tiles, mirrors, open shelving, glass fronted units or even a beautiful Butler’s sink! The important thing to remember is, when creating a transitional kitchen design, there are no hard and fast rules. This is largely because unlike very contemporary designs, transitional kitchens are sympathetic toward decorative and ornamental detail. In turn affording you the freedom to tastefully blend both modern and traditional kitchen elements within one successful look.
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