10 Great Transitional Kitchen Ideas

Before we begin I’d like to explain the difference between renovating and remodeling because people tend to use both terms interchangeably. Renovate(ing) means something has been ‘updated’ but not completely changed, whereas remodel(ing) means replacement of a major component; as in new cabinetry, island, appliances, fixtures and structure.

We built our home back in 1997 and moved in in January 1998 amid a giant snowstorm no less. We chose natural honey oak cabinetry as it was a very nice choice at the time. Fast forward nearly 20 years later and it is time to give the kitchen a little facelift. All the wood grain has been weighing heavy on me for quite some time but between college tuitions and unforeseen events in life it wasn’t in the cards, until now.

The kitchen was originally designed with a great work flow and is very functional, so really there is no need for redesign. We’re basically replacing all cabinetry with a fresh new look, replacing the entire island and upgrading all the appliances, sinks, hardware and lighting as well. My idea is to transform the entire look of the kitchen from a standard semi country-ish style to a more transitional modern kitchen. I don’t think the task will be too daunting since no hardcore construction will be involved.

Take a look at some of my picks for a great transitional kitchen remodel.

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In case you didn’t know what a transitional kitchen entails, it’s basically a great moderator. It features the warmth and welcome of traditional design with clean, simple lines of contemporary style. The transitional kitchen offers a great deal of flexibility and they’re a great choice for homeowners who don’t want to confine themselves to a single style. It will look fabulous in our classic colonial style home.

So here we are. As of now the quarrel between Him and I lies on deciding what type of stone for the countertops. He still wants granite while I (desperately and begrudgingly) want marble. Unfortunately, in all reality and practicality, marble just isn’t an option for our family. My kitchen is far too busy and we love red wine too much, and to try to maintain the marble stain-free and scratch-free would be futile, (sigh). So my next option at this point is to go with a ‘marble look’ while stealing the ‘maintenance free’ trait of granite, behold Quartz! A match made in kitchen heaven, don’t you think? My guess is you can already see a trend happening here. Stay tuned for more information and ideas and we’ll dive into details in the next few posts.

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  • Isabel

    Love, love, love these ideas!!! Can’t wait to see what you end doing!!! :))