This kitchen style has become increasingly popular in recent years, as it is flexible in design, and doesn't conform to be fully traditional, farmhouse, or modern.
Characteristic of transitional kitchens are elements like
shaker style cabinets, linen paint, subway tile, and a spacious, open feel.
There is some contrast in color and texture, but the overall aesthetic is
monochromatic, which is versatile in terms of decorating for holidays, when a variety of primary colors come into play (specifically around Christmas).
If your house is west-facing, add windows or opt for lighter cabinets and the monochromatic approach.
PRO TIP 2:
Aged brass lends a luxurious feel - this is seen in the vent hood in the first photo above, but also can be achieved through cabinet pulls.