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Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, it’s important to avoid making common mistakes when it comes to the design. The best kitchens are constructed with careful planning and an eye for detail. Your kitchen should be designed to suit the specific needs of you and your family, and it’s important to put functionality first. The aesthetic aspects of a kitchen are, of course, important but they can be

Making the Design Too Complex

Simplicity is key when it comes to designing the perfect kitchen. Make sure you have all the essential features and enough space to comfortably move between them. Don’t position the dishwasher or washing machine in places where they will be tripped over when left open, or block access to your kitchen island. The most visually attractive arrangement of cabinets is a simple run of wide or deep drawers or floor mounted cupboards. Keep things simple and symmetrical for the best effect.

Not Planning In Enough Workspace

One of the biggest kitchen design mistakes is underestimating the amount of counter space you will need. Think about how you use your countertops now and plan for your future needs. This will depend on your circumstances, the amount of cooking you do, your budget and the size of the room you’re working with. You should have a good understanding of how traffic will flow through the kitchen in order to plan the most efficient and comfortable layout and amount of countertop space. Don’t forget that some electrical appliances, like kettles, toaster, coffee makers and food processors, will be permanently situated on the countertops and will take up space accordingly.

Buying the Most Expensive Appliances

You don’t need to select the priciest brands when buying appliances. Simply choose the items with the highest energy efficiency rating and forget about their appearance. If your white goods aren’t particularly easy on the eye, they can always be hidden behind cabinet doors. The costly American-style fridge-freezers are best avoided, particularly in smaller kitchens. They take up a great deal of space, are significantly more expensive and often require you to sacrifice freezer room for extra features like an ice-making machine.

Thinking You Can Do It Alone

It’s worth getting a professional opinion on your kitchen design, even if you’re on a tight budget. You won’t regret asking for expert advice and this really can make the different between an impractical kitchen layout and one that fulfils your needs. Some retailers like Better Kitchens offer online tools that allow you to create a 3D model of your plan online, and even work out a quote based on what you’ve created. If you employ the services of an architect or kitchen designer, you don’t have to completely relinquish control over the process (unless that’s what you want) and you can still remain involved with the design process, with the added benefit of having the expertise of a professional at your disposal.

Spending Money in the Wrong Places

Consider where you can save money, and spend on the things that you’re going to see most often. You can buy inexpensive cupboard units and splash out on bespoke doors and beautiful drawer fronts, or save your money and buy lovely hardware for your units. The kitchen worktops will be one of the room’s most visible features, so they are worth spending on. Try honed granite for durability and style and use either the same material, or painted glass for the splashback. Your kitchen budget should not exceed 20 percent of the value of your home, so it’s important to bear this in mind when designing. Remember that you may not be able to make back the value of an expensive kitchen if you come to sell your house, due to the varied needs of potential buyers.

Inadequate Storage Options

How much STUFF do you have in your kitchen? The kitchen usually holds a large amount of items, from appliances and electrical gadgets, to crockery, cutlery, glassware, pans, and fresh, frozen and tinned foodstuffs. Many people are tempted to spend on aesthetically attractive countertops, appliances and flooring, but all these features are mere window-dressing when compared to having adequate space to store items. If you can’t store or easily reach the tools you need for preparing meals, the design of your kitchen just won’t work. There are plenty of innovative storage options available, like hanging pans, sieves and colanders from metal hooks in order to properly utilize untapped wall space. It’s worth making a list of all the items and small appliances you use on a regular basis, and rating them based on how accessible you need them to be. You can also use this exercise as an opportunity to de-clutter your kitchen and reduce the amount of unnecessary items currently populating your cupboards and shelves.

 

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