Get to Know the ‘Transitional Kitchen’

When it comes to kitchen design, it’s time to throw some of the old traditional rules out and embrace the mix-and-match transitional kitchen approach.

What is a transitional kitchen exactly? It’s a style that equal parts functional and expressive. It accommodates the individual needs of the family, showcases the personality of the home owners, but is also universally appealing and homey. And it’s hotter than ever.

In a recent survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, home owners listed the transitional kitchen as their top style pick, beating the traditional kitchen for the first time in many years.

Bottom line: A transitional kitchen at its essence should be functional for owners’ specific needs, but the other main rule is that there are no rules. The days where kitchen design had to solely embrace one style may be over, and buyers and owners alike are looking for a space that mixes and matches elements that reflects their individual personality.

Source: “Elements of Transitional Kitchen Style,” Houselogic.

3 Big Trends in Residential Design

At the combined International Builders Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last week, REALTOR® Magazine picked up on the key trends to watch for in the coming year and beyond.

The question on everyone’s mind was what are going to be the game-changers in 2015? Looking over our notes, we found three major insights that the real estate industry should be watching out for. Find out how:

  • Foodies are changing mainstream kitchen design
  • Connected devices may be in for a tumble
  • Gray is here to stay, but it’ll have to share the stage

Get the details on these three predictions for residential design in “Designers, Builders Reveal Hot Trends for 2015.” Also, be sure to check out our other show coverage, including a tour of the New American Home and a few things you might not know about what consumers want from outdoor kitchens.