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12 Most Common Kitchen Layout Mistakes to Avoid

For many families, the kitchen is the most important room of the house. Along with it being the place where food is stored, it is also the room where families gather and spend quality time together. Usually, families will discuss their day with each other while eating dinner or help their children with homework at the kitchen counter. Therefore, this space needs to be comfortable and well-designed. Here’s a list of common layout mistakes and how to avoid them.

1. Picking Cabinets That Are Outdated

When choosing cabinetry, you may have a style that speaks to you, but similar to hairstyles, it’s easy to get into a similar routine of liking something that’s outdated. To ensure that your cabinets are trendy and in style, consult with an interior designer and ask their opinion on which cabinets go best in your kitchen.

Also, check out home magazines to look for some inspirations. Magazines, such as Good Housekeeping and Better Homes and Gardens, always display up to date and current home design trends.

2. Choosing Cabinetry That’s Too Small
With cabinetry, you may be find it tempting to select small cabinets to add more space to your kitchen; however, that’s a mistake. You need ample storage space for glasses, cookware, food and any accessories and don’t want to end up running out of room to store essential items for your kitchen.

Choosing large cabinets will ensure you have an adequate amount of storage space and they won’t end up making your space appear smaller than it is. Before installing new cabinets, it’s important to determine how you’d like them configured so they flow well with the rest of your kitchen

3. Failing to Install a Backsplash

A backsplash may seem like a minor aspect of your kitchen design however, it can add a lot of design and originality to your room. With several different designs to choose from you should carefully pick a style that coordinates with the rest of your kitchen. You can make it as simple or intricate as you desire based on your design preferences.

When coming up with an idea for your backsplash, you should have it include colors that are dominant in your kitchen. Also, make sure that it matches the design theme of your space, such as modern, vintage, etc. The right style of backsplash can add a lot of variety to your kitchen and act as a focal point

4. Not Picking the Right Countertop Material and Style

When designing your kitchen, it’s essential that you choose a countertop material that’s not only durable but also matches well with the rest of your space, such as your floors, cabinets, wall color. More often than not people select a countertop material that doesn’t match their lifestyle or selects a color that doesn’t go well with the rest of their kitchen.

To avoid this from occurring, you should always consult with a professional for their design advice. They will let you know which material and style matches perfectly with your kitchen and will have the countertop stand out as a highlight for your room.

5. Not Lighting Up the Right Spots

Since the kitchen is a very high traffic area where people are constantly eating and socializing, you need to make sure it’s well lit. Your room will appear more welcoming and engaging with some decorative lighting fixtures and high hats.

No one wants to strain their eyes while eating. Also, a dim or poorly lit room draws people away and makes them less likely to want to enter the space. A functional and decorative kitchen should have lighting that brightens up your space but doesn’t make it overbearing

6. A Lack of Kitchen Storage Space (besides the 
Cabinetry)

When people start planning a new design for this room, they often neglect how much storage space they need for food, cookware, plates, glassware and small appliances. Instead of finding out after the fact that you’re short on storage space, you should plan out ahead of time how much space you need to adequately store all the important items in your kitchen.

7. Not Considering the Workflow

Most kitchens are designed based on a person’s workflow and how they move throughout the room. The ends of the triangle are the cooktop, refrigerator and sink. For the most optimal workflow, make sure that the space between each of these work spots remains unobstructed.

When the kitchen has a complicated workflow, it’s difficult for everyone to navigate throughout the room. To avoid this from happening, you should plan out your work triangle and discuss with a design expert how you feel your kitchen should be structured for optimal use

8. Choosing Appliances Last

Often people get caught up in planning which material to select for their countertop, cabinets and floor that they forget about their appliances. It’s essential that you select the right size dimensions for your appliances and pick brands that are decent in quality.

Also, ensure that they’re placed in areas of the room that make sense and are easy for you to access. Appliances such as your refrigerator, freezer, microwave and oven should be in locations that are very accessible since you’ll be using them on a daily basis and they should flow well with your room. You don’t want your refrigerator to close to another appliance that you can barely open the door to access food

9. Picking the Wrong Island

An island allows you to have extra space for cooking or just socializing with guests. However, when choosing an island, you should make sure that it’s not an obstruction and is positioned so that people can freely walk around it. You don’t want to have a stunning island that ends up ruining your workflow.

The design solution with an island is to get one that fits into your space. A recommended island size is 1200mm. Feel free to install a stovetop or a sink in your island if doing so creates a more efficient work triangle. If you don’t intend to install a sink or a stovetop in your island, then get a smaller one that measures 600mm. This will give you enough countertop space. If you are unable to find an island that’s the proper size, take steps to commission or build one that is.

10. Forgetting About the Budget

It’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement of redecorating your kitchen and completely neglecting your budget. You should style your kitchen so it’s decorative but also affordable. You may have your heart set on a very high end appliance or an expensive brand of cabinets; however, it’s not worth being in lots of debt and having to pay it off for several years. Accept that you may need some time to save up enough money to decorate your kitchen to your heart’s desire

11. No Landing Space

A kitchen needs landing areas next to the sink, stovetop and refrigerator. When redesigning the space, make sure that you have a place to set things down. It is a practical feature, one that lets you free your hand from something that you’re holding.

Without a landing space, you’ll end up reaching too far for the things you need to cook. You’ll also wind up holding onto things that are heavy, cold or hot for a longer time than necessary.

Resolve the issue of no landing space by making sure that you have 12 inches to 15 inches available next to the stove and refrigerator in addition to 18 inches to 24 inches of empty space next to the sink when redesigning the area.

Posted by ERA Big Sun Realty on March 4th, 2019 9:54 AM

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