What Goes Into a Transitional Kitchen?

What Goes Into a Transitional KitchenParada Kitchens is your spot for transitional kitchen renovations in the Greater Toronto Area.  But what exactly is a transitional kitchen?

A transitional kitchen strives to find the balance between the most popular kitchen styles available today.  They might combine the warmth and tradition of traditional designs with the more clean and simple line and stylings of a contemporary style.  It’s sort of a catch-all term for people who are looking for the best of all worlds, and don’t want to confine themselves to only one style.  Here are some common features of transitional kitchens:

Mixing Natural and Artificial Materials

Traditional kitchens often opt for more natural surfaces, while contemporary styles look to use more modern solid surfaces or stainless steel.  Transitional kitchens seek to blend the two – maybe you have wooden cabinets and a marble backsplash, but stainless steel and solid surface sinks and countertops.  Transitional kitchens can draw from the entire range of available materials, making them a more dynamic style choice.

Neutral Colors

When you start introducing artificial surfaces, you can often bring out some very vibrant and strong colors, which contemporary design takes advantage of.  Transitional kitchens, however, tend to dial that back, primarily using neutral and calm colors even with their less traditional materials.


Contemporary kitchens generally eschew decorative ornamentation.  Traditional kitchens are stuffed full with it.  As always, transitional kitchens look for a happy medium – you might see some more advanced millwork and fancy furnishings in key locations of a transitional kitchen; nothing overboard but enough to draw the eye.

Varied Textures

Because transitional kitchens don’t get as colorful as contemporary ones and don’t have as many decorative elements as traditional ones, texture is a great place to get extra style.  This can be as simple as a larger tile backsplash up one wall, providing a tactile feel, or as complicated as three or four different materials working together in the same space.


What Goes Into a Traditional Kitchen?

What Goes Into a Traditional KitchenParada Kitchens is your spot for traditional kitchen renovations in the Greater Toronto Area.  But what exactly is a traditional kitchen?

Traditional kitchens cover a wide range of styles, from Old World designs to Mediterranean villas and everything in between.  The devil here is in the details – moldings, finishes and textures that invoke memories of times gone by and classic design decisions.  That makes it harder to pin down exactly what counts as “traditional” as opposed to contemporary or modern, but here are some of the most common features a traditional kitchen has to offer.

Key Architectural Details

Whereas modern kitchens often have flat or moderately detailed surfaces, you can find key architectural details in all areas of a traditional kitchen.  Arches, moldings, beam ceilings, you name it – and each piece will have its own detailed design, with shapes and patterns adding extra flair to the design.  Cabinets will have varied depths, islands will have legs and pilasters – it’s easy to over-design a traditional look!

Ornate Lighting

Traditional kitchens love their fancy lighting, which is where chandeliers or lantern-style lights come into play.  You still may see them in contemporary dining rooms today, but traditional kitchens can use these fanciful lighting fixtures to make the room feel more like a gathering place, rather than a place for work.

Furniture-Style Cabinets

A lot of traditional kitchens use cabinets which don’t really look like cabinets.  These look more like traditional pieces of furniture from elsewhere in the home, and often can be used to great effect hiding a pantry or refrigerator.

Apron-Front or Farmhouse Sinks

These sink designs have a lot of old-fashioned character, and bring to mind classic, hand-made sinks.  A more modern solid surface cutout or stainless steel piece simply feels less traditional than classic porcelain or natural materials.  By the same token, you’ll see a lot more marble and granite as opposed to solid surface or other artificial materials to really give it that traditional look.


What Goes Into a Contemporary Kitchen?

What Goes Into a Contemporary Kitchen?Parada Kitchens is your spot for contemporary kitchen renovations in the Greater Toronto Area.  But what exactly is a contemporary kitchen?

Contemporary kitchens shouldn’t be confused with “modern” kitchens – these are two very different styles.  Modern refers to kitchen design from the middle of the 20th century, while contemporary is the style that’s popular right now.  Yes, that can be confusing.  No, we’re not sure who decided to have “modern” be a fixed point in time.  But it’s important to understand the distinction.

So what goes into a contemporary kitchen?  Here are some of the big elements that make contemporary design stand out:

Mixed Materials

Contemporary kitchens like to mix many, many different patterns and textures to create a layered look.  It’s not at all uncommon to see wood, stone and fabric all being used to play off one another, with the different materials contrasting and providing different looks.  Likewise, contemporary kitchens use plenty of different shapes – angled roofs, curved countertops, cabinets of different sizes and heights.  This creates a more dynamic look, rather than using the same basic materials and shapes throughout your kitchen.

Old Materials Repurposed

Not only do contemporary kitchens use a great many different kinds of materials; they also use old materials in ways that haven’t been common to this point.  Think of things like concrete as a material for countertops, or engineered stone to replace natural stone.  Glass is also a very modern material you’ll find liberally used in contemporary kitchens.

Great Appliances

Nothing is more 21st century than tech, and you’ll find plenty of it in contemporary kitchens.  This often includes built-in appliances like coffee makers and induction cooktops, as well as sleek and stylish stand-alone pieces.  Better performance, advanced features and durability mark the contemporary appliance.

Decorative Lighting

Lighting isn’t just functional in the contemporary kitchen.  The choice of light fixtures and sources are another way to add a touch of contemporary design into your next remodel, highlighting the variety of materials and shapes you have in your room.

If you would like to learn more, call Parada Kitchens today!  We offer free consultations to help make your next kitchen a fantastic one.



What Goes Into a Modern Kitchen?

What Goes Into a Modern KitchenParada Kitchens is your spot for modern kitchen renovations in the Greater Toronto Area.  But what exactly is a modern kitchen?

Despite what you may think, “Modern” and “Contemporary” refer to two distinct kitchen types.  Modern, in this case, refers to a style from a specific time and place – the middle of the 20th century, when old traditional styles were being replaced by newer trends.  Contemporary mostly means the style that’s happening right now – post-modern, if you will.  So what elements are distinctly part of a modern kitchen design?  Here’s a few of the big ones:

Flat-Panel Doors

Shaker cabinets and other recessed cabinet doors are more traditional looks that modern kitchens generally try to avoid.  Instead, they go for solid and smooth slabs that create strong, flat lines without standing out on their own.

Frameless Cabinets

Keeping with the sleek cabinet design, modern kitchens often use frameless cabinets as opposed to flush-inset cabinets, meaning the door overlays the cabinet box itself.  True frameless cabinets will have the door as the only front ornamentation, with a surrounding front frame.  This also means that you’re going to have consistent spacing between the doors and drawers.  When the doors are closed, you won’t be able to see the frame at all.

Lack of Ornamentation

Keeping with the simple theme, modern kitchens don’t go in for fancy ornamentation or design elements.  You’re not going to see wild parings of texture and color or crazy tile shapes.  Countertops won’t have patterns or veining, instead being solid colors.  Similarly, any hardware in the kitchen is going to be sleek and simple, rather than fancy and drawing attention to itself.

Natural Elements

So with this lack of ornamentations and designed elements, what makes a natural kitchen beautiful?  Usually, it’s from natural elements.  If countertops have a pattern, it’s going to be the natural veining of marble as opposed to something artificial.  Wood accents are selected for their natural grain, with oak being a particularly common choice.  Untreated concrete walls and floors, as opposed to walls covered with wallpaper, add a blend between natural and industrial looks.  Modern kitchens are all about the choice of materials, instead of the design elements.

If you would like to learn more, call Parada Kitchens today!  We offer free consultations to help make your next kitchen a fantastic one.


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