The transitional kitchen blends the old with the new and adds a touch of creativity to create a flexible gathering place.
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If you're looking for a design that is open to interpretation, if you prefer to ignore the rules, if you just like what you like, then you might like the transitional kitchen design. It's all of that and more.
It's also hard to define.
"It's anything you want it to be and in-between," says Fred Puksta, who works in product development at Crown-Point Cabinetry out of New Hampshire. He says the company carries a new transitional cabinetry design that is modular in shape but can be dressed out any way you prefer, blending modern innovation with classic design.
Because it may be difficult to pin down a definition, this style is said to be transitioning, on the move or going somewhere. People are often reminded of something familiar when they see it, but they can't quite place it.
"Specifically, the style may reference details from the past, but there must be something new that makes it fresh and updated," Puksta says, but it's not "stark, contemporary or futuristic."
Transitional designs are a way to break away from traditional design style rules, says Michigan-based Kathy Hoffman, an interior designer who works with Susan Fredman & Associates, which has its headquarters in Chicago.
One way to do that is to combine finishes, she says. You can have an all-white kitchen, for example, but mix the finishes and details.
What you're doing is blending the old with the new, and adding a playfulness to the design, Hoffman says.
"It takes a bit more creativity and adventure to create your own transitional style than to comfortably conform to a pre-existing historical style," Puksta says.
It can fit any style of home. You can't get that same type of flexibility with other styles, he says. "For instance, Arts and Crafts is Arts and Crafts, and it seems to marry more strongly to some houses versus others," Puksta explains. Transitional designs can go anywhere.
If you're unsure if it's right for you, try playing around with it in the bathroom first, says Hoffman, "That's a great place to experiment with found items that scream unexpected."
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