Many of our home activities – cooking, cleaning, eating, drinking, socializing – take place in the kitchen. That is why a beautiful and functional kitchen is very important. Regardless of the style of your kitchen design, organization and layout are the main components. Look at the 10 renovation mistakes you should avoid and design tips to try, so end with a practical and elegant kitchen design.
1. Kitchen Triangle Obstructions
Kitchen design professionals refer to sinks, stoves and refrigerators as kitchen triangles. This is the biggest field of activity, so designing a kitchen triangle requires careful planning and unobstructed access. Of the three, the sink usually looks the most in action, although your triangle should also have easy access to the stove and fridge, as well as your desk workstation.
Obviously, your sink should be near the plumbing. Sometimes, due to the placement of pipes, the kitchen is designed with a sink in a bad location. If this is happening in your kitchen, consider hiring a plumber to move the pipes to accommodate the best placement for the sink.
Regardless of the size or layout of your kitchen (L-shaped, kitchen, U-shaped or island), the sum of all legs in the work triangle must not be less than 10 feet or greater than 25 feet. If the work triangle is too small, people will trip over one another. If it’s too big, food preparation can be a tiring task.
2. Not Enough Counter Space
One of the biggest complaints about kitchen design is the lack of table space. Considering all kitchen activities that require a table, as well as equipment that is permanently located there, you want to adjust as much horizontal surface area as possible in the kitchen as much as possible. An easy way to do this is to add an island or breakfast bar to the L-shaped kitchen.
3. Going Too Trendy
While this isn’t always a mistake, the latest kitchen trends and high-end equipment may not be the best choice. Trendy colors and designs have a short life span, and you will probably never see a return on your large investment in the latest kitchen equipment. Look for kitchen innovations and appliances that are timeless.
4. Not Working with Kitchen Design Professionals
Starting a kitchen design project to save money is a common mistake; can actually waste more money, time and energy if you do it wrong. Professional designers have the latest ideas and information, and they can help you identify your needs and translate them into efficient plans that suit your tastes and budget.
5. Bad Lighting
The kitchen is one room where you cannot afford to have bad lighting. This is not just a matter of design and a good atmosphere. Proper kitchen task lighting is important when handling sharp knives and other kitchen utensils. Plus, the more light you have in the room, the better you can show off your design elements.
Rooms generally need three types of lighting:
General lighting for overall lighting
For your kitchen, evaluate the work area and focus to provide each place with the needed light. Consider adding direct lighting above all the main work areas.
Use a chandelier or a series of mini pendants to enhance the beauty and functionality of the kitchen. The pendant looks amazing above the kitchen sink, while a series of mini pendants work well in the breakfast bar and kitchen island. Install lighting under the cabinet to ensure that the counter has enough lighting for public kitchen tasks.