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Transitional Kitchen Designing

Transitional kitchens are a blend of both modern sophistication and traditional function, to create a pretty, yet uncomplicated design that is comfortable and family friendly.

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Indian Trail

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Maple, Lacquered Finish White
Island Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Cherry, Venice Stain
Hardware: Polished Chrome
Countertop: Super White Quartzite

Braeside Avenue

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Maple, Lacquered Finish Custom Colour Snowfall White
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Caesarstone Raven
Island Countertop: Caesarstone Frosty Carrina

Glengrove Avenue

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, MDF, Lacquered Finish Cloud White
Hardware: Polished Chrome
Countertop: Snow Flakes Polished Granite

Arundel Avenue

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, MDF, White Lacquer
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Caesarstone Concrete
Countertop: Arborite 434A
Fireplace Unit: Custom, MDF, Custom Colour
Laundry Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, MDF, White Lacquer

Baycrest Avenue

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Cabinetry: Raised Panel, MDF, Lacquered Finish Dove
Hardware: Satin Nickel
Countertop: Alaska White Polished Granite
Island Cabinetry: Raised Panel, MDF, Lacquered Finish Custom Colour Stone Brown

Haddon Avenue

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Maple, Dove
Island Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Cherry, Chestnut Stain with Antique Brown Glaze

Glengowan Avenue

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Maple, Lacquered Finish Natural Linen
Island Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Cherry, Chestnut Stain with Antique Brown Glaze
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Polished Granite

Scarborough Golf Club Road

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Maple, Lacquered Finish Cloud
Island & Pantry Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Cherry, Barcelona Stain
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Typhoon Bordeaux Polished Granite

Sealstone Terrace

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, MDF, Lacquered Finish Latte
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Corian

Shields Avenue

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, MDF, Lacquered Finish Cloud White
Entertainment Unit and Dining Room Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, Cherry, Venice Stain
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Giallo Ornamental Dark Granite

Manor Haven

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Cabinetry: Recessed Panel, MDF, Lacquered Finish Crema
Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Countertop: Typhoon Bordeaux Granite

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Transitional Kitchens

Transitional kitchens fall in between contemporary and traditional designs. The hallmarks of a transitional kitchen are natural materials, clean lines, crisp cabinets, tons of texture, little colour, and a little bit of fancy detail. Done right, they combine the clean look of contemporary kitchens with the warm look of traditional kitchens.



The Transitional Lines


Transitional kitchens borrow most from contemporary kitchens when it comes to lines. Well-defined and straight lines make transitional kitchens easy to obtain that sleek look. Although details exist, a visitor can still get a great sense of the space without stopping to examine any one part.


As in the contemporary style, making these lines work takes effort. Designers need to plan cabinets around the dimensions of the room as well as the dimensions of appliances. All elements of the kitchen, walls, counters, and cabinets, need to work together to create a unified whole. A designer needs to be careful with every purchase to make sure that it does not cause a break in any line.



The Transitional Materials


Transitional kitchens need to be much more conservative with colour than traditional kitchens. This is because colour can be too distracting and emotive, thus interfering with the overall simplicity of the room. To keep it simple, typically only neutral tones are used.


Yet, these kitchens can be made more detailed through the use of varied textures. The best textures come from the natural materials common in traditional kitchens: wood and stone. Cabinets should be painted or stained wood. This gives the cabinets a rustic texture distinct from modern lacquer. Counters look best in stone, while tiled backsplashes can have varied looks from stone and ceramic. A good transitional kitchen should be tactile: guests should want to run their hands over everything.



Adding the Little Touches


Transitional kitchens really shine in little touches that play with both the contemporary and modern styles. Light wood chairs take guests back into the past, a little extra brushed metal in one corner brings guests back into the contemporary era. Some millwork near the ceiling provides a softer touch that can be offset with modern light fixtures. Exposed wooden rafters might look traditional up close, but from a distance their long clean lines look modern. These little touches make every transitional kitchen unique and fascinating. The goal is to make a kitchen as visually interesting as possible, while still maintaining a clean and crisp overall feel.


As you can imagine, this is a difficult balance for general contractors. To really make a transitional kitchen (that doesn’t just look like a contemporary of traditional kitchen), it is imperative to hire a specialized designer with a lot of experience in this style of kitchen.