- Mix of natural and manufactured materials: wood, stone, steel, glass, etc. all mixed up together
- Surfaces: typically made of natural materials (granite, marble, limestone, etc.)
- Neutral colors - other than a pop of color.
- Texture: Different textures from rough to smooth. For example they could feature a textured backsplash while the countertop is smooth and polished.
- Minimalist Cabinetry: not elaborate or call out attention. They're typically wood cabinets that are simple and the hardware tends to be sleek. Kitchens in this style range from painted (white is popular) cabinets to various stained finishes.
- Accessories/Decoration: Keep it simple. Nothing is over-the-top or dramatic when it comes to decorating a transitional kitchen.
- Architectural Details: Focus on details overall. When I mean architectural details I mean things like island legs, arches, molding, corbels, hood surrounds, framed and raised-panel cabinets. Ceilings can also come into play such as raised or box-beamed ceilings are popular options.
- Natural Materials: Stick to anything that's natural like wood and stone. Flooring also fits into this category.
- Cabinets: Framed and raised-panel. Also "old world" vibe = glazed and/or distressed. This kitchen style often has both painted and stained wood even in the same kitchen! Lots of people like to mix door styles and finishes for this style but it's not for everyone. Hutch-style and furniture style cabinets are also a popular way to add more detail to the kitchen.
- Hardware: flushed with the framed cabinets and finishes ranges from antique brass to a oil-rubbed bronze.
- Countertops: Different surface materials come up for traditional kitchens. Ranging from actual marble to quartz that looks like marble to even butcher blocks. Finish tends to be non-shiny but there are some kitchens that have polished surfaces it's just not as popular.
- Accessories/Decorations: Farmhouse style sink and lighting tends to be chandelier or lantern-like fixtures. Niches behind the stove are extremely popular for this style since they add that extra detail and this style is all about detail like I mentioned.
- Both have natural elements to them but transitional also has man-made materials into their kitchens whereas traditional is just natural.
- Both styles aim for that warm and inviting vibe.
- Traditional pays serious attention to detail whereas transitional likes simplicity.
- Both styles incorporate neutral colors.
- Overall transitional is traditional but with more of a modern take which I'd say is the biggest difference between the two styles.
And there you have it! Those are the similarities and differences between the two most popular kitchen styles: Transitional and Traditional. Which one would you say is better or your favorite? Let us know!
Til Next Time,