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The 10 Most Common Kitchen Design Mistakes Homeowners Make

Monday, March 02, 2015

At Nu Look we’ve been helping people bring their dream kitchens to life for the past 10 years so we know a thing or two about what does and doesn’t work in kitchen design. So today we’re sharing with you 10 of the most common design mistakes that people make when planning their kitchen renovation.

Mistake #1: Not taking cabinets up to the ceiling
Having cabinets end ⅔ of the way up the wall just means you have one more place for dust to gather and wasted space up top which is really not big enough to do anything with. With so many different cabinetry types available you’re bound to be able to find a perfect solution which makes the most of the available space.

Mistake #2: Going overboard with stainless steel.
There’s no doubt that stainless steel appliances are here to stay, but that doesn’t mean you need to completely fill your kitchen with them. If you have benchtops and appliances all in stainless steel you run the risk of your kitchen feeling too cold and clinical.

Mistake #3: Not making a small kitchen work for you.
If you have a small kitchen, you just need to be smarter about the fittings and layout you choose. The biggest mistake you can make it to try and cram as much in as possible which usually just results in the space feeling even smaller. Clever design work can make all the difference.

Mistake #4: Filling every available space with cabinets and storage.
Storage is important, don’t get us wrong, but so is being able to breathe and not feel claustrophobic in the space. Allow yourself to have open space and a clear wall or two to really open up the space and make it more comfortable.

Mistake #5: Skimping which results in poor quality.
You’ll be using your cabinets and drawers all the time so you want to make sure they’ll stand the test of time with the amount of use they’ll get. Quality cabinetry is really important and there are better places you can save money if you know where to look.

Mistake #6: Making countertops too decorative and not functional enough.
Evaluate how you actually use your kitchen space and how much space you really need. So many people fall into the trap of having a dream for their kitchen that is completely opposite of how the space needs to be in reality. Do you like having regularly used appliances out on the bench? You’ll need to make sure you account for that while still leaving room for meal preparation.

Mistake #7: Not thinking enough about lighting.
Having one light in the centre of the room is almost useless if it means you’ll be standing in your own shadow at the bench or stovetop so consider how to effectively light the most commonly used areas. Also having very trendy, great looking lights is great, but only if they’re actually effective.

Mistake #8: Trying to be too trendy.
This just means that your kitchen will date faster. You’re better off sticking with classic styles that will look great for many years to come. But this doesn’t mean you have to be boring! You can add in stylish features to lift the room, just think outside the square so you don’t end up hating it in years to come.

Mistake #9: Not tying the look of your kitchen into the rest of your home.
If you’re planning a complete home renovation then this becomes less of an issue, but if you’re just renovating your kitchen you need to make sure that the look and feel will gel with the rest of your home. For example if your home is full of exposed timber and you add a super modern stainless steel filled kitchen, you run the risk of it looking out of place.

Mistake #10: Not looking around enough for inspiration.
Don’t make the mistake of getting an idea in your head and putting blinders on to other possibilities. Look at your family and friends kitchens, magazines and TV shows for inspiration - what do you like, what do you hate? Pinterest is a fairly new sharing app that provideds an almost endless source of inspiration for you to consider. Remember to look at the big picture but don’t forget to consider the elements that bring it all together. You might just find something you hadn’t thought of before that you love.

There you have it. Our top 10 kitchen design mistakes - all of which can be easily remedied with careful thought and planning. All seem a little too hard? Or perhaps you just want to have a chat with someone about your ideas to see if there is anything you haven’t considered? Get in touch today for a free design and consultation with our team.