Transitional Kitchens

Move easily between rooms with these ideas for transitional kitchen designs.

Transitional Open Concept Kitchen And Dining Room

Transitional Open Concept Kitchen And Dining Room

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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.

Kitchen Ideas: Design Styles and Layout Options

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Eat-In L-Shaped Kitchen Design

L-Shaped Kitchen With Overhead Storage

Photo By: Designer, Greta Goss

French Kitchen With Black Accents

Contemporary Kitchen With Open Design

Open Kitchen Design With Island

Enchanting French-Style Kitchen

Photo By: Peter Leach

Elegant Kitchen With Two Islands

Photo By: Peter Rymwid

Elegant Chef-Worthy Kitchen

Indoor/Outdoor Entertaining Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Ilija Karlusic

One-Wall Kitchen With Sleek Design

Modern Urban Loft-Style Kitchen

Kitchen With Traditional Island

Photo By: Designer, Candice Olson

Open Kitchen With Vibrant Blue Cabinets

Photo By: Designer, Alia Meyer

Artistic Kitchen With Red Quartz Countertop

Photo By: unknown

Open, Asian-Style Kitchen

Sleek Kitchen With Dark Cabinets

L-Shaped Kitchen With White Cabinets

Kitchen/Dining Room With Island

Open, L-Shaped Kitchen Design

Craftsman-Inspired Kitchen With Island

Dramatic Modern Kitchen Design

Photo By: Jennifer Brinkman

Small, Efficient Galley Kitchen

Kitchen With French Inspiration

U-Shaped Kitchen With Open Storage

Whimsical Kitchen With an Aquarium

Photo By: John D Smoak III

U-Shaped Kitchen With Teak Cabinets

Artistic Kitchen With Natural Materials

Photo By: Donna Griffith

Kitchen Integrated With Outdoor Space

Photo By: Erhard Pfeiffer

White Kitchen With Wine Bar

Japanese Kitchen With Imported Hardware

Old-World Kitchen With Antique German Tile

Photo By: Jim Fiora

Small Kitchen in Federal-Style Home

Photo By: Jim Fiora

Efficient Pullman-Style Kitchen

Comfortable Kitchen With Beach View

Warm, Welcoming Rustic Kitchen

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

Space-Saving One-Wall Kitchen

Photo By: Sponsor, Pangaea

Rustic Kitchen Featuring Chicken Wire

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

One-Wall Kitchen With Island Addition

Arts-and-Crafts-Style One-Wall Kitchen

From: Mary Broerman

Luxurious One-Wall Kitchen Space

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Open Single-Wall Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Christopher J. Grubb

Dual-Purpose One-Wall Kitchen

High-End Kitchen for Entertaining

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Country-Style One-Wall Kitchen

Entertaining Kitchen With L-Shaped Island

From: Drury Design

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

High-Tech Kitchen Entertainment Experience

Photo By: Designer, Lori Dennis

Gourmet Kitchen That's Great for Gatherings

Photo By: Designer, Van Tullis

Kitchen With European and Asian Elements

Photo By: Designer, Troy Adams

Fun Kitchen With Ample Seating

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Kitchen With Two Islands for Prep and Cooking

Photo By: Designer, Philip Guarino

Kitchen With Two Sinks, Two Ovens

Photo By: Daniel Levin

Kitchen With Classy Oversized Fridge

Photo By: Alise O'Brien

Sleek, Modern Galley Kitchen

Professional-Grade Gourmet Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Galley Kitchen Great for Outdoor Entertaining

Galley Kitchen Keeps Things in Easy Reach

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Galley Kitchen With Dashes of Color

Galley Kitchen With Great Storage

Peninsula Kitchen That Works as a Room Divider

Kitchen Peninsula That Works Like an Island

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Island and Lots of Character

Kitchen With Chef-Quality Island

Photo By: Designer, Shane Inman

Island Gathering Spot in U-Shaped Kitchen

Sleek, Fun Modern Kitchen

L-Shaped Kitchen Designed for Guests

Kitchen That Blends Retro With Modern

Modern Kitchen With Concrete Countertops

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Modern Kitchen With Warm Accents

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

Kitchen With Open, Modern Design

Photo By: Sponsor, Danenberg Design

Stylish Kitchen With Modern Conveniences

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Modern Kitchen With Stainless Steel Countertops

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Modern Eclectic Kitchen Design

Photo By: Designer, Randy Weinstein

Chef's Kitchen With High-End Appliances

Photo By: Designer, Gladys Schanstra

Chef-Worthy Kitchen With Different Stations

Photo By: Designer, Barb Ince

Kitchen With Baker's Island

Photo By: Designer, Jackie Glisson

Kitchen Designed for Two Cooks

From: Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

Photo By: Designer, Alan Hilsabeck Jr.

Gourmet Kitchen With Open Design

Photo By: Designer, Estelle Jaivin

Kitchen With Cooktop Island

Photo By: Designer, Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Kitchen Island Creates Better Work Triangle

Elegant Kitchen With Display Shelves and Island

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Kitchen Designed for Convenient Cooking

Photo By: John Bessler

Small Kitchen With Island

Gourmet Kitchen With Smart Surfaces

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Kitchen Designed for Heavy Use

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Multipurpose Sinks

French Kitche With Homespun Charm

French Kitchen With Classic Cabinetry

From: Drury Design

French Kitchen With Glazed Country Cabinetry

Horseshoe Kitchen Designed for Traffic

U-Shaped Kitchen With Island Wall

Photo By: Designer, Jennifer Duneier

Small, Efficient Horseshoe Kitchen

From: Tanya Griffin

Rustic Kitchen With Log Accents

English Cottage Kitchen With Rustic Style

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Rustic White Country Kitchen

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Flexible Modern L-Shaped Kitchen

Pink Retro L-Shaped Kitchen

Contemporary Asian-Style Kitchen Design

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.

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