The Biggest Kitchen Design Mistakes
The kitchen designers have seen it all, from stainless-steel overload to poor-quality cabinetry. Here are some tips by the kitchen experts who share the dos and don'ts of kitchen design.
Do: Have one element that's fun or creative.
Don't: Be boring.
The best kitchens have a soul or a spirit that's warm, inviting, and personal. Every project is a chance to do something new and creative. It's not just about the cabinets and countertops — the whole room has to sing. Adhering to this principle, update a kitchen in an old barn by keeping the architecture of the horse stalls, adding a tongue-in-cheek stovepipe to the range, and installing a pot rack that resemble a wagon wheel.
Do: Bring cabinets up to the ceiling.
Don't: Have cabinets that fall short of the ceiling.
Short cabinets collect dust and un-needed accessories. Design cabinets that are of full height and create the maximum amount of storage, while glass fronts keep the space feeling airy. The panes are restoration glass, which is uneven.
Do: Know when to stop.
Don't: Overdo it.
Knowing when to stop is the real challenge. Use restraint in designing kitchen, achieve a soft, mellow look by using old wood floors and vintage marble counters.
Do: Use cabinetry to conceal some appliances.
Don't: Go overboard with stainless-steel appliances.
Stainless steel can be a wonderful accent. However, as with all good design, there should be a rhythm with the placement. Splashes of stainless all over the place make any kitchen look and feel choppy and small. Choose white cabinetry over stainless to create a more room-like and livable kitchen. Be especially careful with those giant stainless refrigerators. They can quickly overpower a kitchen design if it's not balanced correctly.
Do: Make a small kitchen work for you.
Don't: Thinking bigger is always better.
A well-designed kitchen with high-quality materials and thoughtful details can make even the smallest space suitable for you.
Do: Leave some space to breathe.
Don't: Go overboard with storage and fill the walls with cabinets.
There's rarely a need to completely fill a room with cabinets. A good layout is a balancing act between storage, function, and aesthetics. While designing your kitchen, keep open space above the sink so there's room to breath.
Do: Invest in strong and good-looking cabinets.
Don't: Skimp on poor-quality.
Think about it — you're opening and closing those doors and drawers all the time. Get something strong and good-looking. Hardwoods, a good finish, and strong hinges are essential.
Do: Have countertop around wall ovens.
Don't: Put a wall oven off by itself.
Where are you going to put the chicken when you take it out of the oven? Make sure there is plenty of counter space next to — and across from — the ovens.