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Timeless Transitional Kitchen

Timeless Transitional Kitchen

 

This large kitchen had a lot going for it in terms of the large open space and work triangle, however the honey oak cabinets and laminate countertops left a lot to be desired.

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The small range was replaced with a large pro-style cooktop. Space from an existing pantry was reworked to allow for the addition of double ovens, refrigerator and butler pantry type storage.

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A new larger window was added and relocated to allow for better placement of the sink, and a bar area was redesigned into a more functional and visually pleasing area.

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This young family wanted a unique design that was not a “cookie cutter” space. To accomplish this, Klimala designed a large custom hood flanked by large storage cabinets. The steel gray hood area is repeating the color of the island giving each of those areas equal weight and a sense of balance.

Timeless Transitional Kitchen

 

The large island that houses storage and a microwave drawer is topped with a walnut butcherblock. The walnut is repeated at the mantle hood and in some shallow open shelving for spice storage near the cooktop.

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Hardworking gray quartz countertops were chosen for the rest of the space and gray limestone brick adds some texture to the backsplash area. The unique circular glass mosaic tile at the cooktop provides a stunning focal point. Globe shaped pendants repeat the circle theme above the island.

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What’s Trending for Kitchens in 2015

When doing a major kitchen remodel, you’ll want to make sure that your investment stands the test of time. From countertops to cabinets to lighting, here are 7 exciting trends that will insure that your new kitchen will stay fresh and up-to-date for years to come.

Wood and Metal Counter Tops

Wood tops can add a warm natural touch to the modern transitional kitchen. With the proper finish, wood will provide a long lasting and durable surface. Butcher block is making a comeback and is ideal for food preparation. Specialty woods such as walnut, teak and brazilian hardwood can add a luxurious touch. Reclaimed wood will appeal to the eco-conscious consumer who is looking for a unique statement piece.

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Credit: DeVos Custom Woodworking

Stainless steel tops are most often seen in commercial kitchens but are making their way into our homes. They have a contemporary look and are hardworking resilient surfaces that add a touch of professionalism to the kitchen. Copper and zinc counters both develop a patina over time, creating a warm glow that can add a traditional touch to an otherwise contemporary kitchen, or be the perfect addition to a period kitchen.

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Two Toned Cabinets

Two toned cabinetry is a look that can be achieved in several ways. A combination of wood toned cabinets with a painted island or the or painted finish cabinets with a wood toned island can create visual impact, add depth and turn an island into a focal point. Contrasting upper and lower cabinets can keep a kitchen full of cabinets from becoming overwhelming by breaking up the space.

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Open Shelving

In the past open shelving was used sparingly to showcase a few special items in the kitchen. However, but when placed strategically, open shelves can create a more efficient work environment by placing often used items out in the open where they are easier to see and access. They also provide a nice visual break to rows of solid cabinetry.

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One of a Kind Island

Utilizing furniture style details, or even repurposing an existing piece of furniture or an antique as an island can create an exciting focal point in the kitchen.

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Repetitive Backsplash Patterns

Repetitive backsplash patterns are making a comeback, with a turkish and middle eastern influence. When added to a transitional kitchen this tile can create an exotic tone with elegant patterns and a rich color palette.

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LED Lighting

As incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, LEDs are the future of lighting. A greater variety of light colors are now available, mimicking the warmth of the traditional light bulb. As prices come down, replacing your incandescent bulbs with LED will save money in the long run.

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Drawer and Cabinet Lighting

Dark drawers and cabinets are a thing of the past. You can now use LED motion detecting drawer lights to illuminate those formerly dark spaces. Lighting can not only showcase your treasures in upper display cabinets, but can be useful in navigating your way through under counter cabinets as well.

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