“Clean lines”…”not too trendy”… “classic look without being fussy.” These are the top three statements we hear from most of our new Kitchen Clients.
The homes in the Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT areas tend to be traditional architecturally. The pitched roof lines, decorative molding details, window styles and muntins patterns, and other trim details are representative of homes we’ve seen in our architectural reference books throughout the years. These details also carry through to the infrastructure of the house: the stairs, railings, interior moldings, and general layout. But the way of “traditional” kitchen and bath design, and interior décor is diminishing, and morphing into a more “transitional” style. This is true among the newlyweds, first-time home buyers, up-graders and even the empty nesters.
Here are a few elements of a great “transitional” kitchen as featured in Cottages and Gardens:
. Plain inset cabinetry with concealed hinges (or full overlay doors and drawers with a straight edge detail)
. Classic recessed panel doors, with matching or “slab” top drawers. Painted finishes are the most popular in a multitude of varying whites, with a contrast in a stained wood or bold accent color.
. Round knobs on cabinet doors and linear pulls on drawers
. Appliances can be stainless or custom paneled, to blend with the cabinetry. Often the mix of both is the best solution. (See our previous article on “To Panel or Not to Panel”).
. Countertops have the subtle patterns of marble, quartzite, or man-made quartz. Granites are chosen only when the grain pattern is really special. (See our previous article on “The Rise of Quartz”)
. Hardwood floors are being selected in a variety of hardwoods, a favorite being quartersawn oak, with stains from light to medium, often with hints of grey undertones.
. Backsplash choices range from white subway tile to interesting glass (often in a subway tile.) When a Client wants to “shake things up”, the backsplash is a fun way to introduce some personality.
The benefits to creating a great transitional Kitchen: you won’t get tired of the details, less dust collecting in the moldings, and your friends/family (and potential buyers) will love your Kitchen for years!