Beautiful worktops and sparkling light fixtures aren't the only things to consider while carrying out home renovations, particularly when designing a kitchen. If it doesn't meet your needs, it doesn't meet one of the most critical criteria for a good kitchen: functionality.
Following a few simple space planning rules will help you avoid common kitchen design mistakes. It also helps if you have access to professional kitchen design tools and techniques that will walk you through each step of the planning and design process.
Here are the five most common kitchen design mistakes to avoid:
Nothing is more frustrating than not having enough space in your kitchen to move about freely. Whether you have a large or small kitchen, adequate circulation should be a top focus in your design.
This kitchen design flaw can make a space feel claustrophobic, limiting the number of people who can use it simultaneously. Include 4 feet of space between countertops/islands if you want enough circulation. Allow at least 3.5 feet of space if your kitchen is modest. Working with a skilled home remodeling contractor can help you maximize the space the area allows.
As you may have learned in your interior design school, the kitchen work triangle is vital for a smooth workflow. The triangle joins your worktop, sink, and refrigerator, allowing for seamless movement between them.
Each work triangle leg (the distance between each work area) should be between 4 and 9 feet long, allowing you to cook effortlessly, clean, and store products. Of course, you should never hide the triangle, and no substantial traffic (apart from the cooks) should pass through that area.
Ordering the wrong size appliances and cabinets is one of the most typical kitchen design blunders. Refrigerators that are too big or too little, dishwashers that are too small, ovens that are too big or too small, overhead cabinets that are too small, microwaves that are too small—you name it, and chances are that it’s happened dozens of times!
To avoid these blunders, correctly measure the space and select the equipment ahead of time. Then double- and triple-check the measurements to ensure that everything will fit into the kitchen plan. Remember to include it when these appliances are in use, such as when the refrigerator, oven, or cabinet doors are fully open.
The impact of lighting in the kitchen is enormous. You can build the most beautiful kitchen in the world, but if it lacks proper illumination, you will struggle to do tasks as comfortably as you should.
A priority in the kitchen is to provide adequate lighting. Above the kitchen island, pendant lights that serve as task lighting are a fantastic accent. For further visibility, consider using under-cabinet and recessed lighting. Remember that overhead lighting can be bright and cause undesirable shadows, so task lighting is preferable.
Another common kitchen design blunder is failing to maximize vertical space, especially in smaller kitchens. Vertical space can provide you with significant storage, and wasting it will result in an inefficient kitchen.
To have more storage space, consider overhead cabinets or open shelving. Instead of leaving unusable space at the top, make sure the cabinets and shelves stretch to the ceiling. If you want to add visual interest to the kitchen, blend closed cabinets with open shelves.
When it comes to kitchen renovations, knowing what pitfalls to avoid is crucial. Kitchen renovation is a significant investment, and you want to make the best decision possible.
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