35 Perfect Transitional Kitchen Design Ideas

Today, I would like to give some easy hints about the transitional kitchen design ideas in kitchen design and kitchen remodeling. Since the name speaks for itself, transitional kitchen design bridges between two different styles.

Mostly it opens the gates from traditional kitchen design to contemporary design. But the other kitchen designs have transitional style,  like farmhouse kitchen to contemporary, rustic to contemporary, craftsman kitchen to contemporary kitchen, beach house kitchen to contemporary, Mediterranean kitchen to contemporary kitchen design, etc.

The only difference between transitional kitchen designs and eclectic kitchen design is the beginning of the pathway. Eclectic kitchen has many different starting points and combines them all but transitional kitchen designs are like one way from one to the other. 

Beige Arabesque Ceramic Wall Tiles Soapstone Counters Medium Tone Wood Floor

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Transitional kitchen with farmhouse kitchen and traditional kitchen design combination. Distressed beams and distressed wood panel lightbox, farmhouse sink are well balanced with white cabinets and butcher block island top over the double island. The color code is finely followed. 

Floating Shelves White Cabinetry Subway Tiles Light Hardwood Flooring Quartz Counters

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Transitional kitchen designs by using the craftsman kitchen design and contemporary kitchen design elements: White cabinets combine well with a soft brown island base. Overhang breakfast bars with cantilevered white countertops are a great idea for tuck-in breakfast chairs. It also represents the craftsman style in remodeling. White glossy subway tiles are used as a full high backsplash and come from contemporary design. The floating shelves are also part of a contemporary design. Waterdrop shape hand-blown over island pendants are so unique.

Grey Shaker Cabinetry Miter Edge Quartz Counters Hardwood Flooring Pendant Lightings

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Traditional and contemporary meets with them in the kitchen designs: Waterfall edge overhang island top with a mirrored base, mirrored door gray cabinets, glass door wall cabinets with mirror backs, and full high backsplash, thick countertops, and sleek lines come from the contemporary side. Layouts, roman shades over the windows, and base cabinets are from traditional sides. I admire the soft charming color codes.

Beige Travertine Cream Tiles Granite Counters Glass Front Cabinetry Brown Hardwood

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Transitional design with two-tone cabinets, coffered ceiling, over-the-island pendants, distressed hardwood flooring, white ice granite countertop, and beautiful travertine subway tile backsplash and eye-catching mosaic backsplash inlet. Double-sided glass cabinets are for timeless transitional design…

Gray Cabinetry Brown Hardwood Marble Counters Beige Glass Tiles

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Craftsman-style kitchen influenced by contemporary design. Sleek cabinets and a sleek island base are the main elements in this two-tone cabinets design. Taupe color glass subway backsplash also sticks to contemporary design elements. White countertops, thick crowns, custom-made range hood, woven basket backsplash inlet, and distressed maple hardwood flooring belong to craftsman transitional kitchens. 

White Kitchen Gray Island Cabinetry Quartz Counters Black Distressed Flooring

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One way ticket to contemporary! Traditional and contemporary style kitchen gather in two-tone cabinets, two-tone countertops kitchen. The dance of the white and distressed gray by having gorgeous french style glass door cabinets and thick crowns.

Medium Tone Cabinetry Flooring White Backsplash Quartz Counters Pendant Lights

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Farmhouse kitchen design idea flows into contemporary kitchen design idea: Coffered ceilings are embellished with high beams and the color code of beams, window frames, backyard door, and island base cabinets are fantastically blended. Large subway tiles are picked for full high backsplash which goes well with a white shaker cabinet. Engineered white stone countertops are inserted like art pieces. 

Quartz Counters Subway Tiles Floating Shelves Pendant Lightings Hardwood Flooring White Cabinetry

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White transitional kitchen with black grout full high subway tile backsplash and floating kitchen shelves. Mirror image in the kitchen is provided by glass door white wall cabinets which are on both sides of the stainless steel range hood. Cambria countertops rock.

Light Hardwood Floor Shaker Cabinetry Quartz Counters Porcelain White Wall Tiles

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Open space kitchen layout with transitional kitchen design. Two-tone cabinets have the best-balanced contrast. Kitchen windows naturally serve as the mirror image in the kitchen by having the white wall cabinet in the middle. Pendulum-style hand-blown over island kitchen pendants are fancy as a wooden plate ceiling with recessed lighting. Thumbs up design!

Medium Tone Floor Black Granite Counters Subway Tiles White Cabinetry

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Transitional kitchen design in a tuxedo kitchen. Sleek look cabinets are the main focus of this beautiful kitchen.

Medium Tone Hardwood Flooring Quartz White Counters Cabinetry Black Backsplash

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Double island tuxedo kitchen by using the transitional kitchen design ideas: Shaker cabinet and thick countertops are the main elements. I love the patterned backsplash. Black hardware and black kitchen chandeliers go well with black appliances and mirrored refrigerator. 

Brown Hardwood White Cabinetry Quartz Counters Bar Stools Pendant Lights

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Skylight in a gorgeous transitional kitchen design. Very admiring breakfast stools which match with distressed hardwood flooring.

Brown Hardwood Flooring Quartz Counters Herringbone Subway Tiles Shaker Cabinets

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What is the most dominant kitchen design element in this transitional kitchen design? The thick white quartz countertop and thick white quartz island top. Herringbone style white backsplash is a big bonus.

Medium Tone Hardwood Flooring Shaker Cabinetry Quartz Counters Subway Tiles

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Waterfall edge is one of the main elements in this transitional kitchen design. The layout of the kitchen is perfect by showing this art piece. Supportive elements are a shaker cabinet, golden hardware, and stainless steel appliances.

Black Granite Wood Counters Grey Porcelain Tiles Shaker Cabinetry Marble Backsplash

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Transitional kitchen with white cabinets and black countertop and butcher block island top. A high ceiling and ample daylight are both desirable elements in the kitchen remodeling. 

Green Cabinetry Counters Stone Slab Backsplash Medium Tone Hardwood Flooring Black Hardware

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Warm and welcoming sage green transitional kitchen design. The granite countertop is the best choice for a satisfying project. Wall cabinets with glass doors and under cabinet lighting reflect over the granite countertops. Light oak hardwood flooring increases the feeling of the warmness. Color selection is definitely receiving applause. 

Quartz Counters Green Island White Kitchen cabinetry Medium Tone Hardwood Marble Backsplash

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The love in between green and white! This transitional kitchen has a sweet taste for the cooks. Full high backsplash and glass door white wall cabinets take the attention as well as hunter green island and white countertops.

Super White Quartzite Countertop Gray Cabinetry Dark Hardwood Flooring

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Definitely an open space kitchen with sleek lines. A very good example of transitional kitchen design. Gray cabinets and quartz island top have the contrast with dark color dining chairs and dining tables. 

Large Format Porcelain Tile Backsplash Quartz Counters Farmhouse Sink Shaker White Green Cabinetry Light Hardwood

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The perfect coupling of craftsman kitchen design and modern kitchen design. The transition is completely satisfied. The sleek design of cabinets, thick countertops, full high backsplash are part of transitional design, and lightbox with beams, oak floors, ceiling height cabinets, and farmhouse sink are part of craftsmanship …. Love the clear tulip shape over island kitchen pendants.

Shaker White Gray Cabinetry Quartz Counters Light Hardwood Arabesque Tiles Pendant Lights

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Classic kitchen design fuses into transitional kitchens. Arabesque backsplash, coffered ceiling with wood beam, crystal pendants are part of the classic design while visible sleek lines on the cabinet and the countertop are transitional style. Two-tone cabinets match the wall color and oak hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.

Shaker Cabinetry Multicolored Porcelain Ceramic Tiles Granite Counters Hardwood Flooring

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From traditional to modern! The beautiful bridging picture with sleek look white cabinets, thick countertops, black and white patterned backsplash, distressed hickory hardwood floors, and hand-blown clear sphere kitchen pendants. Two-tone countertops are like the shades of grays. 

Gray Porcelain Floor Tile Cabinetry Quartz Wood Counters

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Rustic kitchen with a contemporary touch. Definitely a good example for transitional kitchens. Distressed wood looks like porcelain tiles, two-tone cabinets, two-tone countertops, and coffered ceiling bond organically. The colors are mesmerizing. 

Navy White Inset Cabinetry Marble Counters Ceramic Tiles Brown Hardwood Flooring

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Transitional kitchen designs: These traditional kitchen designers inspired by modern kitchen designers. Mirror image in the kitchen is used twice to emphasize the symmetry in this modern kitchen.  White open shelves centered by refrigerator and base cabinets centered by the open shelves of the island are remarkable. Marble countertops contrast with hardwood floors and cabinet doors with contrast color of the wall and base cabinets are clever design ideas for transitional kitchens. 

Espresso Flooring Herringbone Backsplash Tiles Quartz Counters Shaker Cabinetry

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Transitional style in a white kitchen. The island has definitely a rich taste: The thick island top and open shelf base cabinets are like eye candies. Golden tone hardware, Golden sconce, and Golden kitchen pendants make the ambiance soft and sophisticated.

Large Format Size Backsplash Tiles White Grey Cabinetry Hardwood Flooring Quartz Counters

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I think this kitchen is a very good example of the White transitional kitchen ideas: Thick countertops, full high backsplash, open wall shelves empowered the transitional kitchen design. Soft tones of the kitchen pendants and hardwood floors are in the package. Kitchen pendants look like grape droplets and very elegant.

Recessed Panel White Cabinetry Marble Counters Stone Slab Backsplash Dark Hardwood

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Craftsman design with the zest of contemporary: The zest comes from a full high backsplash which is the same as countertop and island top. Overhang island is such a great idea to save space for breakfast stools. Whitewall cabinets have french doors and under cabinet, cutlery drawers are very functional for the living room. 

Blue Shaker Cabinetry Quartz Counters Brown Backsplash Floating Shelves Grey Porcelain Flooring

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Charcoal kitchen with white thick island countertop and floating open shelving. Transitional kitchen cabinets from traditional to modern.

Marble Counters Full Height Stone Slab Backsplash Light Hardwood White Cabinetry Pendant Lights

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Transitional kitchens by using the craftsman and modern ideas. Whitewall cabinets with crowns, glass door white wall cabinets, gold hardware, and gold kitchen chandeliers, two-tone island bases, full high backsplash, and thick quartz countertops prove the artisan work.

Light Hardwood Beige Flooring Stone Slab Backsplash Quartz Counters White Brown Cabinetry

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Two-tone transitional kitchens would not be completed without white shaker cabinets and a full high backsplash. Calming and inspirational!

Grey Arabesque Porcelain Tiles Shaker Cabinetry Quartz Counters Modern Bar Stools Pendant Lights

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The road from traditional to contemporary is defined by transitional kitchens. The balanced contrast between the white shaker cabinet and the espresso island base is modified by having the large format porcelain tiles and Cambria white countertops. Pastel gray arabesque tiles are made of high-quality ceramic and disseminate quality and elegance. 

Light Hardwood Flooring Grey Blue Cabinetry Quartz Counters Cement Backsplash

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Mediterranean kitchen design reacts with modern kitchen cabinets. The end products are lovely transitional kitchens. Navy blue is the best color to match with the white cabinet and any tone of wood colors. Gray and white patterned tiles have an accent look in this kitchen. Trendy and functional at the same time!

Beige Glass Wall Tiles Quartzite Counters Shaker Cabinetry Medium Tone Hardwood Flooring

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Full high subway backsplash, white shaker cabinets, and thick neutral color countertops. This is a supportive picture for transitional kitchen design ideas. Flower patterned inlet backsplash completes the puzzle.

Gray Porcelain Floor Tiles Quartz Counters Brick Style Backsplash Black Cabinetry

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Tuxedo kitchen embellished with glossy brick backsplash and countertops. Very catchy example of transitional kitchen design. 

Gray Subway Tiles Butcher Block Wood Counters Shaker Cabinetry Medium Tone Hardwood Flooring

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Admiring transitional kitchen with many contemporary kitchen design elements: Vertical layout of subway tile is used to install eye-catching full high backsplash which has the same characteristics as waterfall edge butcher block island. A neutral color code is followed by having soft blue window trims, antique white cabinets, gray backsplash, and maple floating kitchen shelves.

Multicolored Mosaic Tiles White Grey Cabinetry Quartz Counters Pendant Lights

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Artisan kitchen design by following transitional kitchen design ideas: Coffered ceiling, crown molding over the white shaker cabinets, mosaic full high backsplash and mother of pearl inlet backsplash, two-tone countertops, and two-tone cabinets can not be melt in the same pot without having a keen-eyed interior designer. Two thumbs up.

Transitional Kitchen Design Elements

The elements which are used in Contemporary Design are well blended to initiative design elements produce the Transitional Kitchen Design Elements. The aim is to give a sleek look, eternity, and more functional space into the kitchen.  

The most catchy pieces are:

Thick countertops: The thickness of the countertop is above 1 inch. 

Sharp edge countertops: Bullnose edge is not a part of Transitional kitchen countertops as much as rounded edge. 

Waterfall edge countertops: Waterfall edge can be used in the countertop of the island top to give a sleek look 

Sleek look cabinets: Shaker cabinets are the best 

Full high backsplash: Full high backsplash would be the same material with a countertop or different but the eternal look is a must in transitional kitchen design ideas. 

Floating kitchen shelves: Instead of clumsy cabinets a small piece of floating shelves or open shelves are welcomed on the kitchen walls. 

Glassdoor cabinets: Gives some extra room to the kitchen  

Open shelf base cabinets: Creates positive illusion to go for transitional kitchen design. 

Transitional Styles With Color Codes And Stainless Steel Appliances

The color selection is almost endless in transitional style ideas. But the trend goes for white kitchen, neutral soft-looking kitchen by having pastel tones, tuxedo kitchen, pale green kitchen, and gray kitchen. As long as the colors are combined in a good way your kitchen remodeling will end up with the best result. On the other hand, an open concept kitchen that has stainless steel appliances is playing the main role while designing the transitional style along with marble countertops and light fixtures.

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Wishing you all a great weekend ahead.