Making mistakes when designing a kitchen is something that we all do. This usually happens due to lack of knowledge and experience in the field. However, these mistakes need to be avoided at any cost since they can not only ruin the outlook of your kitchen but can also become a financial liability. Thankfully, there are professionals in the industry who are there to figure this problem out. Listed below are some of the most common mistakes that are made by people who build and renovate their kitchens.
Lack of Planning
You cannot go and purchase kitchen bench tops and install them in your kitchen, just because your neighbour did so. Your kitchen is singular and thus must be given personal priority. For instance, when choosing the bench top, you need to ensure that the size of it will fit your kitchen space. Although a big bench top would give more space to cook and arrange meals, it can restrict the movement in the kitchen since it consumes a lot of space. Therefore, it is very important to plan out of what you need and to understand why you need it to ensure that you are making the right decisions. This will reduce the costly mistakes and enable you to invest in your kitchen wisely.
Insufficient storage space
The kitchen is one of the rooms in your house where many tools and equipment are stored. So it is important to ensure that all of them are stored properly. Storing in the wrong places can affect accessibility and result in major consequences if the situation is urgent. Create an inventory of all your kitchen appliances. Mark all the frequently used ones separately and store them first. If you have leftover space, you can store the rest of the tools that are not so frequently used. If you don’t have enough space, you can store these items in your garage. Moreover, when purchasing items for your kitchen, you need to measure the kitchen space. This will give you an idea as to how much and what type of equipment can be used. This will definitely help you to prevent excessive shopping.
Most people disregard kitchen lighting considering it insignificant. What they are unaware of is the fact that kitchen lighting can affect the quality of the food to a great extent. You will require three types of lighting, namely, task lighting, accent lighting and general lighting. General lighting can be easily provided through overhead light fixtures or even through natural sunlight. What most people forget to include is task lighting. Areas where you work a lot such as the sink, stove, etc needs adequate task lighting to ensure that the task is done efficiently. You could use any type of lighting for this purpose including fluorescent lighting, track lighting, strip lighting, etc. It is also important to note that there is no point in designing a really attractive kitchen if sufficient lighting is not provided, since your guests and visitors will not be able to see the designing at all.
Trying too hard
Things always get out of hand when you tend to overdo the work. In term of kitchen designing, this happens especially when people plan the style of the kitchen. They always try to go for something unique and special, messing up the entire design in the process. People always wish to go for the trendy designs and invest a lot on it. The thing is, home improvement trends change from time to time very quickly. So by the time you are done with the design, the trend might even be outdated. Thus, when choosing the flooring, wall colours, kitchen layout and appliances, make sure you have some foresight and be creative. Instead of going for what’s famous, try going for what you like and what looks good on your kitchen. After all, you are the one who is going to use it, not your guests.
Moreover, you also need to make sure that your kitchen has proper ventilation as well. It wouldn’t be very nice if you guests can smell last night’s tacos. So make sure that you have sufficient air space in your kitchen. The best way to do this is to keep your windows open for a few hours a day.