What is a transitional kitchen?

Transition is the most popular kitchen design in the 2019 kitchen design trend of the National Kitchen + Bath Association. According to NKBA’s market research analyst Tricia Zach, 65% of kitchens designed last year were more than twice the kitchens that are transitional, traditional, modern or farmhouse.

Why is the transitional kitchen so popular? And more importantly, does this style fit your design aesthetic? Freshome asked Zach and John Starck, CEO and owner of Showcase Kitchens in NY Manhasset, to explain the ability to define a transitional kitchen.

Clean, light and well ventilated.

Clean and comfortable

“Transitional design brings together the best of both worlds by blending traditional textures with the sophistication of modern design. “For kitchens, think of geometric, clean and practical lines for countertops, cabinets, crown moldings and other crafted elements.”

Stark says non-scattering is a key element of the transition kitchen. “I will never include a cobell or fancy applique or any other decorative feature that is common in traditional kitchens.


Transitional kitchens are often open to the living room, so designers have a blend of soft features. “Designers report using clean colors like white, gray, beige, bone and blue,” Zach said. Those are currently good choices. And when the homeowner decides to sell, because the neutral colors will appeal to the buyer.

Rich cabinet drawers.

In transitional kitchens, cabinets are usually light or medium colors of painted wood, wood grain or mixed materials. Zach said, “Our report shows that designers are using unified storage with recessed panels, and doors are not as widely used as drawers. Matte decorative hardware or integrated hardware is also a feature of this design style.

Updraft hoods are a necessity for transitional kitchens.


Starck said, “The white kitchen with stainless steel appliances is still in contrast, with islands and border cabinets. Also look for a fully integrated French door refrigerator in the transitional kitchen. “Designers said they would have an induction cooktop with a wall oven and a microwave or there would be a double fuel or gas range,” Zach said. In this design, the bottom-up hood and standard door dishwasher are other essentials.

Countertop with waterfall edge.

Countertops and Backs Flash

“Marble countertops and marble back splash work beautifully in the transition kitchen,” Starck said. Other popular features that define the transition kitchen are quartz and quartzite. “Designers say the countertops are thick (1¼ inch) and are traditional or have waterfall edges,” says Zach.

“Metro tiles for backsplash are still my favorite, but mosaic and glass tiles of various sizes also work wonderfully,” Starck explains.

Sink Elkay Circuit Chef.

Sinks and faucets

“A popular sink style among designers is the stainless steel single bowl or apron sink.

Moen one-hand pull-down faucet.

Among the faucets, brushed stainless steel finishes dominate. Matte, polished or satin finishes are also popular. However, there is no default setting related to the faucet function. “Designers choose motion-controlled, touch or manual faucets.”

Dark wood floors provide contrast.

Flooring and lighting

Starck said, “The flooring can be tile or wood, usually high gloss, but it doesn’t have to be. Designers continue to argue about the use of hardwood floors in the kitchen and bathroom using wood and engineered wood planks. Zach explains, “The large variety of large tiles used in transition kitchens include ceramics, porcelain and stone. “Some designers are using high-quality vinyl.”

Designers are integrating various lighting options in the transition kitchen. “This includes recessed lights and pendants, dimmers and traditional switches,” says Zach. Undercabinet lighting and interior cabinet lighting are also characteristic of this kitchen style. And designers are adding motion sensors and keypads more often.

“Lights, seats and hardware are what customers enjoy. “Modern, mid-century modern, industrial, glam and even traditional elements can be successfully blended into a transitional kitchen.”

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