17 Feb 2014

Transitional Design Leads 2014 Top Kitchen Trends

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By Sindy Sink

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Settle in with a glass of your favorite beverage and Pinterest boards and let’s talk about your next home remodeling project. Remodeling offers an exciting opportunity to create something new, while solving certain aesthetic or functional issues in your home. However, let’s be honest, it can also be a little (well, maybe a lot) stressful – especially if your favorite interiors style matches that popular, but often undefined style known as the transitional design style.

You may be surprised to learn that the transitional style of design leads 2014 trends for interior design styles. A recent National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) report identified transitional design styling as one of the top industry trends for 2013. Friends and colleagues visiting the recent IBS/KBIS 2014 trade show in Las Vegas reported seeing the New American Home, built as the NAHB show home. The gorgeous home overlooking downtown Las Vegas showcased a classic transitional interior design reflecting a popular shift toward transitional styling during recent years.What defines the transitional style of design? Transitional design styling is a distinct mélange of interior design preferences classically associated with both traditional and contemporary styles in furnishings, finishes, fabrics and architectural styling. As you can guess, the name implies a transitional movement from one style to another; however, transitional design actually has a number of classic defining characteristics unique to the style, such as:

  • Elegant, yet comfortable: Transitional styling is elegant, yet both comfortable and functional to meet the lifestyle of today’s active household.
  • Neutral color schemes: Harmonious neutral color schemes using ivory, beige and tan exude warmth; while natural materials such as stone, granite, and wood bridge the traditional and contemporary design motifs.
  • Overall style of simplicity: Simple lines with a governing style described as ‘classic, timeless, and clean’ are part of the transitional design style.
  • Window treatments: Window treatments typically incorporate a tailored, solid-color drape over natural blinds or shades.
  • Moderately-scaled furnishings: Furnishings include moderately scaled, tasteful signature pieces displayed in an understated way, such as Craftsman, Asian and Shaker-style furnishings.
  • Natural light: Natural light is strategically used as a sustainable, energy-saving strategy; and serves as a contemporary design strategy, as well.

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, go ahead, add fixtures from an elegant line of sinks and faucets, porcelain tile flooring, quartz vanity tops, and you might want to include plenty of linen storage! Feel free to combine all aspects of transitional styling you love, along with the functionality that provides accessibility and low-maintenance living popular with today’s homeowner.

Sink.Com is your go-to resource for all things kitchen and bath design. Whether you are interested in a full kitchen remodel or bathroom update, Sink.Com provides advice on the latest trends, and design tips. We hope to inspiring your next set of custom cabinets, faucet upgrade, sink replacement, DIY home projects and more. Sink.Com supports Medallion Cabinetry, Design-Craft Cabinets, Mastercraft Cabinets, Yorktowne Cabinets, and Elkay sinks and faucets. We look forward to answering all of your questions and motivating you to create personalized kitchen and bath spaces.

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