Todays kitchen is often the main hub of activity for a home, with many activities taking place there, often simultaneously. Whether cooking, eating, socializing or working, the kitchen needs to be as functional as it is beautiful. Regardless of your kitchen design style, it’s essential to have an efficient and functional layout. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when planning your new kitchen in order to achieve a practical, as well as aesthetically pleasing, kitchen design.
Inefficient or Wasted Storage Space
One of the biggest design mistakes is not including enough storage. Almost every kitchen has wasted space, but this can be minimized with adequate planning and forethought. Consider installing extra-tall upper cabinets for extra storage space, and always install cabinets over the refrigerator; not utilizing this area is a real waste of space (this is a great place to store baking pans, racks and trays).
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Poor Lighting Design
The kitchen is definitely one area that you can’t afford to have inadequate lighting. In the kitchen it is not just a matter oaf design and esthetics, it’s a matter of safety too.
Most rooms generally need three types of lighting: general lighting for overall illumination, task lighting and accent lighting. Evaluate the work areas of your kitchen and focus on providing each area with the light it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main work areas.
Use pendant lights to provide general lighting and enhance the overall look. Pendants look great above kitchen sinks, while a series of smaller pendants work well over breakfast bars and kitchen islands.
Install under-cabinet lighting to ensure that the counters have sufficient lighting for common kitchen tasks.
Omitting the Backsplash
If budget constraints are causing you to rethink the backsplash, think again – because omitting this feature will cost you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Water and steam can cause damage, and it’s much easier to clean grease off a backsplash made of stone, ceramic, metal or glass than paint or wallpaper.
Not Enough Counter Space
Inadequate counter space is one of the top kitchen design complaints. You’ll want to outfit your kitchen with as much open horizontal surface area as possible. Remember, there is no such thing as too much counter space! Adding an island, peninsula, or breakfast bar is a great way to increase countertop area.
Smelling last night’s dinner is a sure sign of poor ventilation. Cheap range hoods just circulate dirty air, while higher grade equipment will improve the indoor air quality, keep your kitchen cleaner, and extend the life of your appliances. Avoid scrimping on your ventilation system – a good one will make your life easier and more pleasant, especially if you have an open kitchen plan.
Forgoing Professional Design Service
Designing your own kitchen renovation to save money is a common mistake that is often a costly one, wasting time and energy, to boot. Professional designers have the latest ideas and information to help you identify your needs and translate them into an efficient, aesthetically pleasing plan that will fit your taste and budget.
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