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Transitional Twist Kitchen

Transitional design combines past and present, classic and contemporary, to create a look that's somewhere in the middle. Here, simple Shaker-style cabinetry in a goldenrod finish provides a neutral backdrop against which traditional and modern touches can shine.

 

Designer Notes

This design began with the choice of a simple Shaker style door for the cabinets, complemented by tall but plain crown molding. Somewhat more detailed carved wooden brackets support the island countertop and glass-front wall cabinets. A warm earth-colored stain with subtle burnishing gives the cabinetry a slight appearance of age without any overt distressing or glazing. Meanwhile, engineered quartz counters, a glass-and-stone mosaic tile backsplash, and a stainless steel faucet and sink introduce contemporary materials and sleek lines. These items also add texture and color to the room: the shine of metal, the glint of glass, the gray and white of the counter, and the creams, tans and blue-grays of the backsplash. Gray painted walls and gray ceramic tile floors pick up on the colors of the countertop and backsplash. Bar stools upholstered in a striped rust-and-gold fabric and pendant lights with amber-colored shades provide a bolder pop of color. With a roomy island that seats four and a 48-inch range with double oven, this kitchen can handle some serious cooking and entertaining.

Designer Notes

This design began with the choice of a simple Shaker style door for the cabinets, complemented by tall but plain crown molding. Somewhat more detailed carved wooden brackets support the island countertop and glass-front wall cabinets. A warm earth-colored stain with subtle burnishing gives the cabinetry a slight appearance of age without any overt distressing or glazing. Meanwhile, engineered quartz counters, a glass-and-stone mosaic tile backsplash, and a stainless steel faucet and sink introduce contemporary materials and sleek lines. These items also add texture and color to the room: the shine of metal, the glint of glass, the gray and white of the counter, and the creams, tans and blue-grays of the backsplash. Gray painted walls and gray ceramic tile floors pick up on the colors of the countertop and backsplash. Bar stools upholstered in a striped rust-and-gold fabric and pendant lights with amber-colored shades provide a bolder pop of color. With a roomy island that seats four and a 48-inch range with double oven, this kitchen can handle some serious cooking and entertaining.

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