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Transitional Trends


Somewhere in between traditional and modern styles; transitional kitchens bridge the gap between the two, borrowing from each aesthetic and achieving a balanced design.


What is it?

A transitional kitchen borrows classic elements or styles of the past and combines them with contemporary features to produce something new and fresh. The beauty of it is that you can decide how you want to mix & match the past with the present creating a kitchen that expresses who you are and how you live!

Think warmth and traditional designs (the great timber kitchen you used to love) but modernised with clean simple lines from the contemporary school of thought. This style gives you the ability to create a strong traditional look but within context of something really fresh and modern.

Look for design elements with streamlined profile but strong flavours of modern timber finishes – simple panelled doors with crisp handle options. Pair this with natural surfaces for benchtops (granite etc). Don’t go so far as including decorative elements commonly seen in timber kitchens or other worktop decorations that look too ornate. If you go too far then you will simply be ‘traditional’.

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Where did it come from?

Transitional style has been on the ‘design radar’ for some time now, however its development into a contemporary ‘style’ trend has evolved and collected aesthetic inspiration from many interior styles we have seen re-emerging over the past few years, such as Country, French Provincial, Hampton Style Cottages and the Classic Victorian Style Movement. Think black doors, emerald green features, brass handles, marble tops, patterned black and white square feature tiles and grand ornate detail!

The trend basically combines the use of classic yet timeless design styles, with modern finishes such as the trending use of clean lines, neutral monochromatic tones offset with neutral textured splashbacks – moving away from glass panels and reflective finishes. Featuring raw materials such as classic Carrara marble, stone and light washed timbers in matte neutral finishes, are all integral in achieving the Transitional trend.

Trending for this year

This year we are seeing the continuation of such materials staying on trend, the timeless yet modern combination of original stone finishes with blonde timber tones, and a muted, natural palette will lend a contemporary feel to any style kitchen! With the Australian market well and truly bloated with 20mm stone benchtops we will see a return to stronger benchtops from 40mm granite through to acrylics (with their seamless designs) and the tight profiled laminate tops for outstanding value and durability.

Pairing these neutral tones with strong linear design elements and soft streamlined finishes modernise the Transitional style. Aim to reduce the visual ‘noise’ by keeping benchtops clean and appearing ‘clutter-less’ which will also enhance this contemporary feel.

Most kitchen designs today will look to a butlers kitchen, a ‘behind the scene’ space that is the actual work area, where we might see our everyday appliances live, such as the kettle, toaster, the coffee machine and anything else that we want to ensure doesn’t end up making the main benchtop its convenient ‘home’.

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What are the benefits of introducing this style?

The benefits of transitional style is that foremost, you aren’t moving too far away from the familiar, you are simply pairing traditional, classic design, with moderate, contemporary finishes.

So keep the visual character that yout know and love from classic styles. Introduce some modern elements for a sleek and clean look meaning the kitchen may remain contemporary for much longer than styles that are completely characterised by a single design statement, colour, or trend!  Transitional Kitchen styles are as easy to incorporate into new residential projects as they are into existing buildings with 50 year old Interiors.

The basis of the style extrapolates on classic foundations topped with modern finishes, making it an exceptionally formable style for designers, drawing on the best from both worlds. As designers, renovators or home owners often know, “You cant have your cake and eat it too”. However, in this case, Transitional Style says “you can!” Who wouldn’t want a slice of that!


So what now?

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