A lot of home activities; cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, and socialising take place in the kitchen. That’s why it needs to be both beautiful and functional. Avoid these 7 common mistakes, and you'll be sure to have the kitchen of your dreams.
1. Not Thinking About the Overall Picture
A kitchen remodel is usually a significant expense for most of us, but it's one that will last you for years to come and can increase the overall value of your home. Therefore, consider your family and your lifestyle and plan your kitchen accordingly, so you can get the most out of your space. Do you like to cook a lot? Does your family socialise in the kitchen? Is storage a problem for you now? These are all factors to keep in mind when selecting new features and the overall design of your kitchen.
2. Wasting Storage Space
One big design mistake is not including enough storage. Almost every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be minimised with adequate planning and forethought. Try not to pass on cabinet storage solutions like pantry pullouts and lazy Susans. These storage additions will increase your kitchen storage efficiency and are much more costly to add on if you decide you need them down the road.
3. Inadequate Worktop Space
One of the biggest complaints about kitchen design is the lack of worktop space. Considering all the kitchen activities that require a worktop, as well as appliances that are permanently located such as toasters etc, you want to fit as much surface area in a kitchen as possible. This can be achieved by adding an island or breakfast bar.
4. Too much Open Shelving
Open shelving is gorgeous, but be honest with yourself: Do you want odd mugs and branded cans on display? Think about all the items you’d be proud to display and that you can keep organised.
5. Poor Choice of Worktop
Your worktop material matters, too. Wood or stone, composite or metal? The choice of material for your kitchen worktops can seem never-ending, but it’s worth taking the time to get these hard working surfaces right.
Your kitchen worktops will be used for preparing, serving and, potentially, dining and will need to withstand regular, intensive cleaning.
6. Poor Lighting
The kitchen is one room where you can’t afford to have poor lighting. Rooms generally need three types of lighting: general lighting for overall illumination, task lighting and accent lighting. For your kitchen, evaluate the work areas and focus on providing each spot with the light it needs.
7. Poorly Planned Electrics
Make sure to choose your appliances first and the voltage needed for them. It's easier to choose cabinets and countertops to fit appliances like your refrigerator and dishwasher, rather than the other way around.
You’ll probably need to have some appliances permanently located on the worktops. This may be a toaster, food processor, coffeemaker or a host of other gadgets. Having outlets where you need them and choosing what appliances you want to place in specific locations will help you plan your space.