Kitchen needs to be both functional and beautiful since a lot of home activities take place in this comfortable area of bright lights and tasty aromas. A kitchen makeover can add to the value of your home and make your cooking time more enjoyable. But, the project this demanding should be approached with a great understanding and planning since kitchen design mistakes can happen easily. To create a space that will be good for all the activities you want, here are some common design mistakes as well as suggestions on how to avoid them!
Too Much Open Shelving
Too much open shelving is gorgeous but it can also present a real problem. If you don’t want every mug and all of your appliances on display, consider a combination of both cabinetry and open shelving. Think about things you have in your kitchen and work out a plan with your designer so you can put your attractive pieces on display, but hide everything else in the cabinetry.
Ordering Cabinetry Too Early
Don’t ever order your cabinetry before your appliances. If you know exactly what appliances you need for your kitchen, you should be aware of the fact that their location dictates the size and amount of cabinetry that can fit into your kitchen.
Bad Cabinet or Drawer Positioning
When designing your kitchen, make sure to confirm with your designer that he or she is, to the best of their ability, avoiding having any drawers and/or doors that open into each other or come into contact with each other. Sometimes this is unavoidable, and other times, all it takes to fix is a simple design change.
Awkward Placement of Busy Areas
Make sure that the busiest areas — the stove, sink, and refrigerator — are positioned relevant to one another. Since you use them on a regular basis and often go from one to the other, having them close to each other, or at least quickly and easily accessible, will make it easier for you to work in your kitchen.
Not Enough Counter Space
One of the biggest kitchen design mistakes is a lack of counter space. You’ll want to incorporate as much surface area in the kitchen as possible. Consider adding an island or a breakfast bar to get some extra counter space.
Forgetting to Incorporate Plenty Electrical Outlets
You are going to need a lot of electrical outlets to accommodate all those countertop appliances, so don’t forget to incorporate plenty of them into your kitchen design. This may seem like a small thing, but it’s key to a well-functioning kitchen.
Not Accounting for Countertop Appliances
Your kitchen will always look neat if you decide to install cabinetry to accommodate the appliances you use most often. Take into consideration the types of appliances and things you use enough to keep on your countertop.
Not Incorporating Proper Ventilation
Poor ventilation is extremely important, especially if your kitchen opens up to a family room or living room. Don’t settle for something inexpensive; invest in good ventilation since it’ll improve the quality of your indoor air and keep your kitchen cleaner.
Forgetting to Include Storage Space
Kitchens typically contain lots of items both large and small, and forgetting about a storage room when remodeling is a huge design mistake. Storage solutions like pantries, additional drawer dividers, or cabinet storage solutions will increase your kitchen storage efficiently.
You are supposed to have three types of lighting: overhead for great illumination, a spot for some specific tasks, and an accent light to draw attention to your beautiful design elements. When remodeling, don’t forget about a proper lighting.
The talented designers at Homes Heart understand everything that goes into a great kitchen redesign. Contact us today for your free consultation!