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Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary—What’s the Difference?


Traditional, Transitional, Contemporary—What’s the Difference?

When you come to Yorkville Design Centre and ask about kitchens you’ll hear us referring to three different styles of kitchen:  Traditional, Transitional, and Contemporary.  What’s the difference, and how do you know which is right for you?  There are many ways to characterize the differences but we want to make it simple for you and focus on what really matters in making choices.

Traditional:  Cabinet and counter materials are detailed and regal.  The kitchen looks like a hand-worked piece of furniture.  Accentuating this style, the appliances are either concealed from view behind panels or are very ornate, as in the case of a La Cornue traditional French stove.

Transitional:  Cabinet and counter materials have a timeless quality with fewer details than Traditional kitchens (Shaker style is a good example of a Transitional cabinet door).  Appliances are revealed, but are not a focus—although in the case of some distinct styles they can add to the ambiance.  Bistro style is an example where stainless steel ranges, countertops and backsplashes all work together to define the space in this Transitional style.

Contemporary:  Cabinet and counter materials are modern, sleek and elegant.  Space planning for the overall kitchen is highlighted and appliances featured.  Contemporary is the type of kitchen you’ll primarily see featured in world-class architectural magazines.

Whichever style of kitchen you choose, Yorkville Design Centre will strive to make it work in your home.