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

A cluster of hammered metal pendant lights cast a soft glow over the dining room table thanks to their gold interior. Muted, bohemian-patterned cornices and bamboo shades echo the eclectic look of the pendant light trio.

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

Design by Greta Goss

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

Design by Candice Olson.

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

Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs

L-Shaped Kitchen Designed for Guests


Kitchen That Blends Retro With Modern

Image courtesy of Jorge Castillo Designs

Modern Kitchen With Concrete Countertops

Design by Rebekah Zaveloff

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Modern Kitchen With Warm Accents

Design by Gregory Augustine

Photo By: Designer, Gregory Augustine

Kitchen With Open, Modern Design

Photo by Rio Constantini. Design by Danenberg Design

Photo By: Sponsor, Danenberg Design

Stylish Kitchen With Modern Conveniences

Design by Vanessa DeLeon in New Jersey

Photo By: Designer, Vanessa DeLeon

Modern Kitchen With Stainless Steel Countertops

Design by Andreea Avram Rusu

Photo By: Designer, Andreea Avram Rusu

Modern Eclectic Kitchen Design

Design by Randy Weinstein

Photo By: Designer, Randy Weinstein

Chef's Kitchen With High-End Appliances

Design by Gladys Schanstra

Photo By: Designer, Gladys Schanstra

Chef-Worthy Kitchen With Different Stations

Photo by George Lambros of Lambros Photography

Photo By: Designer, Barb Ince

Kitchen With Baker's Island

Photo by Woodliff Photography. Design by Jackie Glisson

Photo By: Designer, Jackie Glisson

Kitchen Designed for Two Cooks

Design by Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

From: Alan Hilsabeck, Jr.

Photo By: Designer, Alan Hilsabeck Jr.

Gourmet Kitchen With Open Design

Designed by Estelle Jaivin in Los Angeles.

Photo By: Designer, Estelle Jaivin

Kitchen With Cooktop Island

Photo by Maxwell Mackenzie. Design by Rouzita Vahhabaghai.

Photo By: Designer, Rouzita Vahhabaghai

Kitchen Island Creates Better Work Triangle

Elegant Kitchen With Display Shelves and Island

Design by Dave Stimmel.

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Kitchen Designed for Convenient Cooking

Design by McKee Patterson, AIA; photography by John Bessler

Photo By: John Bessler

Small Kitchen With Island

Design by Didier Michot.

Gourmet Kitchen With Smart Surfaces

Design by Velvet Hammerschmidt of Velvet Hammerschmidt Designs

Photo By: Designer, Velvet Hammerschmidt

Kitchen Designed for Heavy Use

Design by Rebekah Zaveloff of KitchenLab

Photo By: Designer, Rebekah Zaveloff

Kitchen With Multipurpose Sinks

Design by Linda McDougald Design and Postcard from Paris; photography by Rachael Boling

French Kitche With Homespun Charm

Photo by Ric Marder. Design by Ken Kelly in New York

French Kitchen With Classic Cabinetry

Design by Gail Drury in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

From: Drury Design

French Kitchen With Glazed Country Cabinetry

Design by Jackie Glisson

Horseshoe Kitchen Designed for Traffic


U-Shaped Kitchen With Island Wall

Design by Jennifer Duneier

Photo By: Designer, Jennifer Duneier

Small, Efficient Horseshoe Kitchen

Design by Tanya Griffin

From: Tanya Griffin

Rustic Kitchen With Log Accents

Image courtesy of Collaborative Design Architects

English Cottage Kitchen With Rustic Style

Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Rustic White Country Kitchen

Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Flexible Modern L-Shaped Kitchen

Design by Alicia Friedmann

Pink Retro L-Shaped Kitchen


Contemporary Asian-Style Kitchen Design

Design by Lori Dennis

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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Transitional Open White Kitchen

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Updated White Transitional Kitchen

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White Transitional Kitchen With Old World Appeal

Designer Bo Li created this transitional kitchen space, complete with detailed tile accents and Old World design appeal.

Open, Transitional Kitchen

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A Designer's Transitional Kitchen

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