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Transitional kitchens – kitchen trends

Transitional kitchens blend traditional and contemporary design elements and are bright, relaxed, and inviting. The overall look is striking and timeless, with casual elegance. Classic and uncomplicated cabinetry with plenty of storage, matching appliances, and clean workspaces complete the transitional kitchen look.

Elements to consider:

A neutral and relaxing colour scheme throughout. Neutral doesn’t mean bland. Gone are acres of magnolia, now shades of soft greys, warm stone, cashmere, and mink abound. Colourways should work together tonally. Think of working your way down a paint sample card.

Simple, Shaker Kitchen Cabinets – Panelled end pieces with period-style decorative cornicing complete the look. Floor-to-ceiling cabinet runs to hide the myriad of essentials the kitchen houses, leaving a clean, restful aesthetic.

Keep décor to a minimum. Lose the finials and overly fussy design. Simple open shelving if you must, but design with cleaning in mind. The space shouldn’t feel busy or cluttered.

Layered lighting is crucial. From natural to artificial, ensuring you have variety is the key.

Statement pendant lighting over the central dining areas or kitchen island differentiates the dining space from the kitchen’s work zones. Task lighting then illuminates the workspace with interior cabinet lighting banishing dark recesses forever. Finally, atmospheric mood lighting makes the room feel cosy in the evening and changes the feel from utility to a sanctuary. Maximise natural lighting where you can. Remove window treatments, if possible, to leave windows unadorned. Curtains in the kitchen are definitely not something to bring into 2023.

Work with natural materials. Painted wooden cabinets, stone worktops, and wood accents. Invest in low-maintenance worktops; they must be practical, durable, and stylish. Our etherium® By E-stone surfaces are the perfect option for the busy kitchen as it’s resilient, easy to clean, resistant against mould and mildew, and never need to be resealed. Add built-in antimicrobial technology, Microban®, and you can be assured of 24/7 protection against bacteria growth. These surfaces work equally as well for flooring options.

The floor of your kitchen is likely to be one of the largest surface areas in the room, so its selection deserves careful thought. Kitchens tend to see a lot of traffic, dirt, and spills, so you need something forgiving, as it will get cleaned more often than in any other room in the house. Hard flooring is the perfect option.

Updating the floor with texture using a floor runner or rug can complete the entire look and feel of the space.

Finally, consider your cabinetry hardware. Not necessarily matchy-matchy; they do, however, need to make stylistic sense. Contrast a traditional style tap with a modern cupboard handle. Mix chrome with copper or brass. However, do keep all drawer pulls uniform, the same with cupboard handles. The aim is to create calm and classic kitchens that stand the test of time.

If you love the idea of transitional-style kitchens, we can help create the kitchen of your dreams. Want to find out more? Arrange a call back from one of our team, or pop down to one of our showrooms.

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