10 Tips for a gorgeous Transitional Kitchen

This month’s Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles features a gorgeous transitional kitchen by Matthew Quinn of Design GalleriaKitchen & Bath Studio.  I have to say that Design Galleria is my favorite kitchen design firm in the country right now.  They are classical, stylish, modern yet timeless and great at mixing finishes and styles in a work space. I’ve culled 10 tips from the kitchen below that you should consider for your dream kitchen. 

1.   A statement Hood is essential.  I’m just mad for curvy hoods with strapping right now, so this number by Francois & Co is right up my alley. 

2.   The sink does NOT need to be under the window.  Note how here the second sink is in between two windows and the range is in between the other two.  This creates a sense of symmetry, allowing both the hood and the shelves above the sink to be a focal point in the kitchen. 

3.   Two islands are better than one in a large kitchen.  Quinn says the original single island “split the room in half.”  If you have the space for it you should consider a work island and eating island with plenty of room to navigate in between. 

4.   Mirrors aren’t just for wall cabinets.  Decorative mirrored doors on the island dress up the end that faces the family room.  I love mirrors in a kitchen- they visually expand a room of any size!


5    5.   Extend short windows with mirrors.  I love this trick: Quinn extended the casing of the windows and created “mirrored transoms.”  This makes the windows feel much more proportional in the room. 

6.    A large single light fixture over the island makes much more of an impact than two (or three) small fixtures.  How chic are these chandeliers from Urban Electric Company?


7.   Turn an island into a furniture piece.  How divine are these custom island legs with brass ball detail?  Going custom on key pieces takes the whole kitchen to a higher bespoke level.  You could even mix stock cabinetry with custom legs- just make sure to match the finish!


8.   Mix hardware.  Quinn mixed brass and stainless and matte black hardware and fixtures.  I love the pulls he used on the refrigerator.  They look like big knobs and make the piece feel more like an armoire.


9.  Make a statement with shelf brackets.  These custom brass shelf brackets just may be my favorite detail in the kitchen.  They are a little industrial and a great unexpected touch.
10.  Use sconces over windows.  I love that they placed sconces in the mirrored transoms over the windows.  All kitchens should have a mixture of task and ambient lighting.
And I can’t sign off without saying THANK YOU.  What thoughtful, kind, compassionate and wise readers I have. All of your comments really warmed my heart and reminded me that I’m not alone in my feelings.  It’s my goal to write a personal post every month.  Perhaps not always as gut-wrenchingly personal as Friday’s post, but a bit more about Nay.  So thanks again.
  1. I saw that kitchen and it literally blew my socks off! Man…he can design a kitchen 🙂

  2. I had no clue those were mirrors over the windows. Such a unique, smart idea. Bouncing off light all over the place. Hee. It really is all in the details and you really pointed them all out.

  3. Agreed…the strapping on the hood is so good. The oversized pendant lights are my favorite tho.

  4. I read Friday’s post, but you had so many wonderful comments…. Most everyone has been there at some point, and it always gets better. :o)

    This kitchen is awesome. Seriously awesome – thanks for sharing!

  5. I am ALL about doubling up on the island. I’ve been designing the last 2 client homes with back to back islands…one for pure function complete with a secondary sink and another for all the galpals to gather ’round and drink themselves into a stupor! You’re right on the money with just one shot! Khuudos doll!

    Would love to get your thoughts on my most recent hotel renovation when you get a chance! Hope to see you soon!

    Peace. Love. LOL!

    Haute Khuuture Blog

  6. This is a great post, and your tips and takeaways from that kitchen are excellent. I appreciate your perspective and eye for detail. Thanks also for sharing that design firm you’re in love with–can’t wait to check them out. Oh, and I read Friday’s post–the whole thing, and I applaud you for putting it out there. Thanks for sharing in your time of pain.

  7. I’m just catching up on your blog and boy I have missed a lot. Truly inspiring words you shared even in your time of pain, really says something about you. Keep em coming design or otherwise I always look forward to hearing what you have to say.

  8. I love when you point out all the details I would never notice! Those details are so important! I love the shelf brackets too. Someday I will have a statement hood!

  9. Erin

    Those mirrored “transoms” are pure genius.

  10. these are great tips…many of them I would have never thught of. I lov the light fixtures above the window….and the bits of mirror….and I’m really liking the shelf brackets lately. This is a kitchen thought of outside the box for sure!

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