Designing a kitchen requires not only aesthetics, but above all careful planning and thought. Because it’s pretty easy to make setup mistakes that can be costly in the long run. In this post, we highlight the top 10 kitchen design no-gos that are best avoided when renovating or furnishing your kitchen.
When setting up the kitchen, consider all the important aspects!
#1 More style, less function
Focusing on style over substance and sacrificing function for aesthetics is a common interior design mistake that should be avoided at all costs. When designing a kitchen, functionality should come first.
There’s no point in making your kitchen look beautiful if it doesn’t function practically. When planning your kitchen, consider how you want to use it and design the space according to your needs.
The perfect combination of style and function can be seen immediately
#2 Inappropriate workflow
An efficient kitchen workflow is essential. If your kitchen doesn’t have a good workflow, it doesn’t work as well and makes cooking and prep difficult. To ensure your kitchen layout is in order, remember the working triangle. This ensures that the sink, stove and refrigerator are in close proximity for easy access and movement around the room.
Avoid long walks in the kitchen
#3 Wrong door-closet layout
A lack of planning can lead to problems installing cabinets and doors. You need to carefully consider the location and dimensions of cabinets and equipment, and make sure there is enough space when the doors are open. Otherwise, the lack of space can make it difficult to open doors and devices.
Depending on your lifestyle, less can often be more
#4 Underestimating the storage space you need
Storage space is essential in the kitchen so you can make the most of your space. So you should make sure you have enough space to store everything from cutlery and appliances to plates and utensils. Use every inch of possible storage space with intelligent solutions such as shelves, drawers, hooks, corner cabinets and pantries.
More storage space in the kitchen means more order and a clean look
#5 Limited countertop space
Not planning enough storage space in your kitchen is a serious furnishing mistake in kitchen design that should be avoided. So when planning your kitchen, make sure you have enough countertop space to prepare and cook meals.
Maybe all you need is the coffee pot and no expensive kitchen appliances
#6 Inferior soil
Opt for a high-quality floor covering in your kitchen. Kitchens are high-traffic areas, so your flooring needs to be durable and hard-wearing. When choosing flooring, you should consider safety, durability and ease of cleaning. Some quality flooring ideas include herringbone wood, concrete, natural stone, and laminate.
High-quality hardwoods are also used as kitchen floor coverings
#7 Using wrong colors
When painting your kitchen, be sure to use the right color. Conventional emulsion paints can quickly look worn and tired on walls and cupboards. Opt for a specialty kitchen paint that’s durable, greaseproof, and designed to resist splashes and spills. This ensures that your kitchen will look good for many years to come.
#8 Forget the kitchen splashback
If you forget to install a splash guard, your walls will be left unprotected from grease splashes when cooking and frying. The walls behind the stove and sink, in particular, need a protective coating against water, splashes and spills so you don’t ruin the paintwork and damage the walls. Some of the best backsplash ideas include tile, marble, and glass.
With artistic tile patterns, you can provide that certain something in the kitchen
#9 Inadequate ventilation
Adequate ventilation in your kitchen is crucial, especially when cooking. Poor ventilation can leave odors that can be felt throughout the home. Make sure you include a quality ventilation system that will capture debris, circulate air, and keep your kitchen clean.
#10 Bad lighting
Lighting has a major impact on the appearance of your kitchen and should therefore not be considered after the fact, but rather at the beginning of your project. Your lighting plan should include task, ambient and functional lighting such as spotlights, pendant lights, pedestal lighting, sconces and dimmers to provide you with the perfect working conditions. Balanced lighting also ensures a pleasant, homely atmosphere in the kitchen.
The other way around: when there is little light, the kitchen looks unattractive and cannot be used optimally
Of course, these are not all possible furnishing mistakes that can be made when designing the kitchen. However, these are the most common and the easiest to avoid. To be on the safe side, let experienced professionals advise you and think it all over carefully.
Create your dream kitchen according to your needs and ideas
Incidentally, free-standing refrigerators with a retro look are back in fashion
Even small kitchens can be furnished in a very stylish and comfortable way