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 Picking Cabinets That Are Outdated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liking something that’s outdated.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 SmallWith 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 kitchen3. 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
point4. Not Picking the Right Countertop Material
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 overbearing6. 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 use8. 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 food9. 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
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 desire11. 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.
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