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Design Ideas for Kitchens Featuring Transom Windows

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Transom Window Over an Opening in a Kitchen

Kitchens often have openings to family rooms, nooks, butler’s pantries and other adjacent areas. These transitions from one room to the other are often focal points of the entire home and can feature columns, half walls and other specialty trim features. Why not add a transom to enhance the look.

OVER OPENING: Classic TR-1 transoms adorn a transition from living area to kitchen


We can even build transoms form longer openings — as much as 8 feet or more.

OVER OPENING: Extra wide transoms are one option for dealing with a large opening


Another option for wider openings is to use ganged transoms — transoms placed end-to-end in a pattern that spans the entire opening.

OVER OPENING: Ganged transoms span larger openings while adding additional style


OVER OPENING: Another example of a super-wide transom, made taller to fill-out its proportion


OVER OPENING: Transom adds style to a simple opening between a butlers pantry and dining room


OVER OPENING: Transom pulls in light from adjacent nook and joins rooms together


OVER OPENING: Transom above a pass-through between kitchen and dining area


IN COMBINATION: Combination of transoms over openings with sidelites and other elements


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Transom Window Above Doors in a Kitchen

Doors from the kitchen to a pantry, mudroom or bathroom can be dressed-up by the addition of a transom window above the door.

ABOVE DOOR: A pocket door with an operating transom above makes this pantry door stand out


ABOVE DOOR: Standard transom above a pantry door makes door proportional in height to cabinets


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Transom Window Above Exterior Doors in a Kitchen

Thoughtful placement of transoms above exterior doors in kitchens can define a kitchen’s relationship with outdoor areas like porches and sunrooms. In the example below, a transom over an exterior double door is flanked by sidelites with transoms above. We can make all parts of this picture except for the double door unit.

ABOVE DOORS: Elegant transoms and sidelites adorn this double door to a porch


ABOVE DOORS: Ganged transom above exterior barn doors define the farmhouse look of this kitchen


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Transom Above Exterior Windows in a Kitchen

Whether over one set of windows, or as a part of a whole window wall, transoms can really define the look of a kitchen. Compared to the cost of cabinets, transoms are cost effective ways to add style and finesse — all while bringing additional light into the room.

OVER WINDOW: Transoms and bistro cabinets in harmony make this a memorable kitchen


OVER WINDOW: Arched transoms over lower windows create an iconic look for this kitchen


Transom Window Overhead in Wall in a Kitchen

Overhead transoms in the kitchen can be perched atop cabinets to connect the kitchen to an adjacent room. This look is hard to pull-off without very tall ceilings but affords a very unique look if successful.

OVERHEAD IN WALL: Interior transoms above cabinets can share light with a darker adjacent room


Transom Window Overhead in Exterior Wall in Kitchen

Planning is the key here. If you have a high ceiling and are willing to plan ahead (like setting the exterior wall header into the ceiling joist), exterior transoms above cabinets in a kitchen can deliver a knockout look.

OVERHEAD IN WALL: Planning ahead made these transoms with associated ceiling beams possible


OVERHEAD IN WALL: Bright light floods a kitchen through transoms above cabinets


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