This design began with the choice of a simple Shaker style door for the cabinets, complemented by tall but plain crown molding. Somewhat more detailed carved wooden brackets support the island countertop and glass-front wall cabinets. A warm earth-colored stain with subtle burnishing gives the cabinetry a slight appearance of age without any overt distressing or glazing. Meanwhile, engineered quartz counters, a glass-and-stone mosaic tile backsplash, and a stainless steel faucet and sink introduce contemporary materials and sleek lines. These items also add texture and color to the room: the shine of metal, the glint of glass, the gray and white of the counter, and the creams, tans and blue-grays of the backsplash. Gray painted walls and gray ceramic tile floors pick up on the colors of the countertop and backsplash. Bar stools upholstered in a striped rust-and-gold fabric and pendant lights with amber-colored shades provide a bolder pop of color. With a roomy island that seats four and a 48-inch range with double oven, this kitchen can handle some serious cooking and entertaining.
6. Neutral colors. Transitional rooms rarely have strong, punchy palettes. Instead, they layer neutrals for a clean and monochromatic, yet still warm, effect. A dash of bold color here and there isn’t verboten, but keep it to a minimum. - pokoch