Transitional Kitchens

A Santa Barbara Transitional Kitchen Style

Hahka Kitchens Design and Cabinetry

Transitional style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials, and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Quite possibly the most definitive attribute of this style is that it avoids the extremes such as the ornate character of traditional styles, as well as the extreme austerity of modern styles.

Expect to see:

  • Neutral colors of taupe, tan, and vanilla
  • Limited carefully selected accessories with minimalist approach
  • Interesting textures
  • Curves combined with straight lines, masculine and feminine

Simple and sophisticated lines are generally found in transitional kitchen cabinets, but not the sharp edges or spare and stark straight lines that you will generally find in contemporary or modern kitchens. The lines do not have to be straight but may be gently curved. The curved lines are gentle and less ornate than the ones you find in traditional furniture. In keeping with its moderate tone, transitional furniture has a medium scale, so the cabinets are neither overly large nor minutely small. While there
may be carving, it is only used for accents and embellishment, and the ornate elements do not cover any surface uniformly. Generally you will find subdued colors in wood finishes and upholstery fabrics. The transitional style also leans towards being less formal. The kitchen is generally more casual and comfortable. There is a balance of masculine and feminine elements, so you can create a kitchen that feels comfortable to everyone when you furnish with transitional style furniture.

I am happy to recommend Randy Hahka and his team. They take great pride in their work, which is high quality, on time, within budget and with minimal mess. With many decisions to be made, I especially appreciated Randy's reliability, encouragement and flexibility and his willingness, when asked, to share his insights and advice.
Ellen Duke and Family