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Traditional White Kitchen Emerterr

This large space had a lot going for it – - skylights, natural light, a ton of room and a nice open floor plan. However, the existing layout was not maximizing these elements.

Traditional White Kitchen

In the new design, the kitchen workspace and eating area were flip-flopped allowing for larger workspace as well as creating an elegant focal point.

Traditional White Kitchen Emerterr  Re-using some of the existing appliances and wood flooring helped to keep the budget in check.

Traditional White Kitchen

The new U-shaped kitchen features a large custom hood that tucks beautifully under the three existing skylights. A wall of windows was eliminated to accommodate this change, but the new space still features abundant natural light.

Traditional White Kitchen

Staggered glass fronted cabinets at three corners of the room, a beautiful piece of dark granite and copper accents give the space a traditional family friendly feel.

Traditional White KitchenThe newly relocated casual dining area and wine bar featuring a wine fridge and glass storage create an inviting spot for friends and family to gather.

8 Ways to Transform Your Traditional Kitchen into Transitional

Transitional Kitchen for Blog

If you love the traditional charm of your home but long to add a little contemporary chic to update the look, transitional may be just the style you’re yearning for. Transitional styling makes use of simple lines and relies on a clean, minimalist color palette. This neutral color scheme combined with features of textural and organic elements add a visual spark. Heirlooms can be displayed alongside modern day designs when done properly.

By changing a few elements in your kitchen you can take the warmth and welcome of your traditional design, mix it with the clean, simple lines of contemporary to create the balanced look of transitional. Here how:

1.   Pick a neutral color palette for your kitchen. Sometimes a can of paint can make a world of difference. Transitional colors typically range from warm whites to pale grays with accents in coffee brown, charcoal and black.

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2.   Transitional kitchens utilize traditional tile but with a twist. For example, use a neutral colored subway tile instead of white or use white subway but in a grid pattern. Glass tiles in warm tones can give your space a fresh feel.

Transitional Kitchen for Blog

Transitional Kitchen for Blog
3.   But I don’t like gray… one of the biggest trends in transitional is the use of gray for countertops, walls and even cabinetry. One easy way to warm up gray tones if they feel to cool for your taste is with the introduction of warm metal accents like gold and copper for hardware, lighting or plumbing.

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4.   Eliminate some upper cabinets for open shelving, wall art, windows or even a television to give a more transitional feel.

Transitional Kitchen for Blog

Transitional Kitchen for Blog
5.   Transitional kitchens create an open and inviting feel. Trade a peninsula for an island with seating and you’ll draw others in to be a part of the activity. Or, if the space isn’t large enough for an island then seating can be added to a peninsula.

Transitional Kitchen for Blog

Transitional Kitchen for Blog
6.   Lighting is an integral part of kitchen design, therefore fixtures can play an important role. Transitional lighting is simple yet sophisticated, minimalistic, practical and sometimes sculptural. Neutral tones within your basic color scheme look beautiful or add glass pendants or chandelier as a textual element. Again, remember, keep the look simple. Transitional kitchens allow for one design feature to add a pop.

Transitional Kitchen for Blog

Transitional Kitchen for Blog
7.   A simple change in countertops can make a drastic impact as well. Natural surfaces such as granite, limestone and marble offer a look that works well in both traditional and modern making them a great choice in a transitional kitchen. Remember that simple lines are important so avoid detailed edging and use a honed or leathered finish instead of the standard polished. Consider doing a thicker countertop or a different countertop material for key areas, like the island.

Transitional Kitchen for Blog

Transitional Kitchen for Blog
8.   Traditional designs tend to have more accessories and modern designs tend to be very minimalistic, so keep that in mind when accessorizing a transitional kitchen. Cut back on knick-knacks and avoid showing all the pieces of your prized salt-n-pepper collection. A few simple pieces with simple details can go a long way in creating a harmonious space.

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