Move easily between rooms with these ideas for transitional kitchen designs.
Transitional kitchens blend a functional kitchen space with a sit-down dining area, a comfortable living room or an outdoor space. By choosing an L-shaped, U-shaped, one-wall or open kitchen design, the flow between eating and kicking back is seamless in this kitchen layout.
Take, for example, an L-shaped kitchen that is paired with a kitchen island. The open room on two sides of the kitchen allows for a living room area or casual breakfast nook. Create sections within the room by placing the back of a couch toward the main kitchen space. You can also choose a window area with natural light to incorporate a bench-style seating area.
Transitional kitchens also allow ease of movement between kitchen and formal dining areas or kitchen and outdoor patio seating. For example, by incorporating sliding glass doors into your transitional kitchen/outdoor design, you can allow guests to easily step from the kitchen to a brick patio area for casual garden dining.
The most simple transitional kitchen layout includes a kitchen island in its design. Sure, kitchen islands are ideal for food preparation or storing kitchen appliances, but they can also provide pub-style seating where backless stools or tall chairs can provide a dining space for guests or a simple spot for an after-school snack.