5 Transitional Kitchen Transformations

Whether you're updating a decades-old design or adapting a space to better accommodate your lifestyle, transitional style might be right for you. If you're on the fence between a traditional design and a contemporary look, turn to these five transitional-style kitchen renovations.

Before: Stuck in the '70s

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This Boston kitchen hadn't been remodeled since the '70s. Since buying the home, the owners installed a pair of pendant lights and a new gas range, but after a decade, they were ready for a more dramatic transformation.

After: Contemporary Color

Lynn Hopkins Architects, Original Photo on Houzz

The poorly constructed cabinetry was the first thing to go. The old cabinets left a gap below the ceiling, making the old kitchen look cramped and disconnected. The new Shaker-style cabinets reach the ceiling to create a cohesive look that makes the room appear larger. The now-centered gas range balances the U-shaped layout. Additionally, the robin's-egg blue cabinets and black granite countertops team up for a contemporary color scheme.

Before: A Bleak Beginning

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Fortunately for this small and dark kitchen, the whole house was undergoing a major plumbing, electrical, and HVAC update. Like the rest of the house, this kitchen was gutted, giving the homeowners a totally fresh start to a new kitchen.

After: Bright Whites

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Cabinets painted in Cloud White by Benjamin Moore really brightened the space. This wall of cabinets is now home to a refrigerator, double oven, and juice bar. Standout features include stainless steel appliances, dark quartz countertops, and a herringbone-patterned backsplash. A banquette, office nook, and mudroom were also added during this kitchen remodel in Pennsylvania.

Before: Dark and Dreary

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Two years passed after a family of four moved into this home in Nashville, Tennessee, and they still hadn't invited over any guests because of their unimpressive kitchen. They finally hired interior designer Donna Gilliam to transform it into a transitional space they could be proud of.

After: Bold on a Budget

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The homeowners stayed within their $40,000 budget by carefully deciding where to splurge and where to save. For example, the backsplash was handmade in England, and the open shelves were custom-made but installed with inexpensive brackets from Ikea. By reusing their appliances, they were able to put money toward several built-in storage solutions.

Before: A Designer's Wish List Faces Reality

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As an interior designer, Danielle Perkins knows how to expertly mix and match styles without going overboard. She also knows the importance of having realistic expectations, which is why she prioritized durability when remodeling her own kitchen to withstand the busy home life of a growing family.

See the Rest of This San Diego Kitchen Makeover.

After: A Fresh Take on Family-Friendly

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Perkins found a happy medium in a transitional style that combines the casual vibe of mixed materials with classic architectural elements like crown molding. The white appliances and extra lighting brighten up the gray cabinetry. Keeping her two young children in mind, Perkins chose porcelain floor tiles and bare bar stools for easy cleanup.

Before: Closed-Off in California

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Enhancing an indoor-outdoor connection is high on renovating homeowners' lists in California. This couple in San Carlos had to cart food and drinks from the kitchen to the disconnected patio where they enjoy entertaining guests. The homeowners wanted to open up their kitchen even more by ditching the wood cabinets and dark backsplash.

After: A Party-Ready Pass-Through

Dean J. Birinyi Photography, Original Photo on Houzz

Renovating on a budget, the couple decided to reface rather than replace their cabinets. Interior designer Sabrina Alfin talked them out of an all-white kitchen and into a cool but sophisticated two-tone color scheme separated by bright, under-cabinet LED lighting. Alfin also expanded the window, which now slides open to the patio so that the homeowners can easily pass refreshments back and forth.

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