Transitional Kitchens: What You Need to Know About Them

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A transitional kitchen is a kitchen that is both traditional and modern. While this may sound like an oxymoron, it is very possible to create a space that contains elements from the past and elements from the present and future.

It is important to strike a balance between practicality and design; a transitional kitchen will have the former without sacrificing the latter.

The best way to do this is to use appliances, flooring and kitchen cabinets that have been designed for modern living but have a look that is either traditional or at least very close to a traditional look. This way, you can stay in the modern age, but have a kitchen that looks like it’s from another period.

Here are some other things to know about a transitional kitchen:

Clean & Relaxed

The transitional design blends the textures of contemporary and traditional designs to create a comfortable and welcoming feel without being overly ornate or cold. A transitional kitchen relies on clean lines, open spaces and a feeling of lightness for its ambience.


Transitional colours are soft, warm and light. These are typically colours found in nature, such as cooler hues of blue and green, earthy browns and warm beige. Transitional colours are a perfect choice for a kitchen that is both traditional and modern.


Transitional appliances are often mid-century modern and may be shown in modern steel or stainless steel colours. Moreover, transitional appliances are simple, sleek and clean-looking.

Benchtops & SplashBacks

For transitional benchtops, marble or granite is a good choice. While there is no specific design for a transitional kitchen, there are designs that have a transitional feel. This is why working with a professional company is recommended; they can guide you in coming up with a transitional kitchen.

Sinks & Faucets

Transitional kitchen sinks and faucets are clean and simple. The sinks are often rectangular with a single faucet and drain.

Cabinets & Shelves

Transitional cabinets are often minimalist and contemporary in feel. Beadboard or flat panels of wood in a softer tone and lighter colour bring a traditional feel to the kitchen.

Flooring & Lighting

For flooring, hardwood is the most common type, with many utilising dark wood floors. Tile flooring is also found in transitional kitchens. Lighting, both the number of fixtures and the fixtures themselves, is kept to a minimum for transitional kitchens to bring more light into the space.

Size & Shape

Transitional kitchen spaces are flat and open without an overly large amount of storage. This space is used for the necessities and the function of cooking rather than for preparing elaborate meals with many ingredients.

Transitional kitchens are a great option for creating a space that doesn’t feel overly modern or old-fashioned. They are transitional in that they include both traditional and modern elements and give the space a unique feel.

Some of the contributing factors to the overall feel of a kitchen are the general decor of the space. In most cases, around the design of the kitchen, it is often very easy to tell if the kitchen is traditional or modern.


A transitional kitchen is an interesting combination of traditional elements and modern details. While not so cutting edge as to be called modern, neither is it completely traditional. This blend makes a transitional kitchen so appealing to so many.

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Aaron Rekman is the owner of Azztek Kitchens in Mandurah and has over 20 years experience in kitchen design, manufacturing, kitchen installation, home renovation and the building industry. Do you have a question for Aaron? Contact Azztek Kitchens today.