Common Kitchen Design Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Countless beautiful family times are mostly shared over the kitchen — making it the heart of a home. As homeowners, you want this room to be as perfect as every space in your home, making it suitable for your needs and lifestyle. Tons of kitchen designs and ideas are intimidating, but don’t worry because we curated this list so you can try to avoid these mistakes!

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Space Planning Does Not Suit Your Everyday Life

Some people have the design they want at the back of their minds, and some look at Pinterest for ideas without considering functionality. Therefore, it is essential to take the measurement first of the area and plan according to your way of living.
    1. Work triangle – As it is one of the first things to consider in kitchen renovation, make sure to allow enough space between the stove, sink, and refrigerator, making it efficient for kitchen tasks.
    2. Clearance – Doors, and walkways shouldn’t interfere with appliances, cabinets, or other doors and walkways.
    3. Lack of countertop space – You would love to have enough space for food preparation and the like, but you wouldn’t like your countertop to take up much of your kitchen room space.

Choosing Appliances and Furniture That Don't Fit Your Area

Furnishing your kitchen according to the area’s measurements will allow you to maximize every square inch of the space.
    1. Not Including Enough Power Plugs – With all these power-hungry appliances which bring kitchen efficiency to their most refined, make sure you have enough kitchen outlets placed accordingly and far enough to the backsplash.
    2. Forgetting To Ventilate Appliances – Regulate air quality and remove contaminants by installing proper ventilation. In addition, you can maintain good hygiene and avoid serious food problems by doing so.
    3. Poor Location Of Interior Fittings – To let kitchen productivity reach its full potential, organize the things in your kitchen according to their purpose. For example, you would hate to arrange spices and condiments too far from the stove!

Opting For Impractical Finishes

To make the best out of your budget, plan according to what you need and what you have.
    1. Underestimating The Storage Space You Need – This is one of the reasons why planning the kitchen’s style and furnishings is essential and the items and small details that would take up space.
    2. Going Overboard With Over Shelving – Put utensils and dinnerware that you always use or want to display on an open shelf. Not only does it give you easier access, but it can also let your visitors appreciate the aesthetics. Meanwhile, keep things you don’t want other people to see in a drawer or closed cabinet.
    3. Not Making Room For Trash Receptacles – Should I say more?
    4. Wrong Flooring – The kitchen room is one of the messiest and greasiest parts of the house since cooking and food preparation are there. Choosing waterproof flooring will save you time and effort in the cleaning process, among many others.
    5. Choosing Wrong Window Type and Lighting – You would love to prepare food in a well-lit area, so choosing the right size and style of your windows and kitchen lights that suit the whole room’s design is a must!

Not Hiring A Designer

Kitchen rooms are one of the most expensive, tricky, and taxing rooms to design. Hiring a designer not only will save you time and money but can also help you put your vision to life, and ultimately can make sure to avoid these common kitchen design mistakes!
    1. Picking The Wrong Design For Your Lifestyle – You might be overwhelmed choosing the perfect color, texture, material, and hundreds of more things you should decide on. But to be honest, just like any other room in the house, your kitchen should resemble who you are and what you do in your daily life.
    2. Buying Without Trying – It is necessary to do your research before spending money on something. But if you want to save time and effort driving from store to store, interior designers have trusted furniture companies that can surely feed you pieces of information you need.
    3. Following Trends And Going Too Bold – Pick classic and timeless pieces and if you still want to track trends and bold colors and patterns, add accessories of the same kind. It will help save money in the long run as you would not keep on redesigning your room over and over again.
    4. Going Over Budget – Rule of thumb: Don’t spend above 20 percent of your home value. Just put your plan into words, say it, and your designer surely knows how to make every cent count.

Save yourself time and money from these costly mistakes!