In both the kitchen and the bathroom, Transitional is now the most common design style. The Transitional design style is considered a blend of both Traditional and Contemporary design styles, which come in as the 2nd and 3rd most popular design types, respectively.
According to Linda Rose Payne, designer at Reico Kitchen & Bath’s Bethesda, MD, kitchen & bathroom showroom, customers “…are not ready to go full out contemporary with a slab door in a high gloss finish, but at the same time don’t want to stick with a traditional raised panel door style that reminds them too much of their current kitchen or a parent or friend’s kitchen.”
As a result, many clients opt for a shaker style door with a flat center panel or a slab door in a solid wood like cherry versus a gloss or thermofoil finish. “They want the best of both worlds,” says Payne, “and both the shaker and slab wood door styles give them the opportunity to achieve the look they want without leaning too far towards either traditional or contemporary.”