Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kitchen Design and Style Mistakes To Avoid

In a lot of ways, the kitchen is the heart of the home. There are so many things that take place in that room, from cooking, playing, planning, eating, socializing, and drinking. So it makes sense that the room is styled well, and styled with the use of it in mind. A kitchen that looks amazing and pristine can be all well and good. But when it comes to using it for its many purposes, it won’t work well if the design of it is not a practical one. So your kitchen needs to do both things; look good as well as work on a practical level. The layout of the kitchen and how things are organized are going to be essential.

But what are the best ways to make sure that you get the kitchen of your dreams but one that still works and functions well? You could get a kitchen designer in like House of Kitchens, for example. But if you are looking to do it yourself, then you need to know some of the mistakes to avoid. So with that in mind, here are some of the mistakes that you should avoid when it comes to kitchen design or renovations, so that both practicality and elegance can be achieved in the kitchen.

Don’t Block the Kitchen Triangle

What are some of the things that you use most in the kitchen? Experts will tell you that the cooker or oven, sink, and fridge are the three things that get the most use. And a big design faux-pas is when those three things, or the kitchen triangle as it is sometimes referred to, is obstructed. If a kitchen is designed well, then these things should not be obstructed, so that you can easily get from the hob to the sink to drain the pasta, for example. That should also leave space from the sink to fridge and then the fridge to the oven, and so on. If those things are obstructed, by a large island, a breakfast bar, or just simply blocked off by something, then it can make the kitchen much less practical to use.

In a similar way, the ‘kitchen triangle’ needs to not be too small, but equally not too far apart. If it is far apart, then it can make the process of cooking something or preparing something a long task. If it is too small, then it can cause people to trip over themselves or bother each other if there is more than one person in the kitchen. So that is something to think about.

The sink is usually in a place with access to plumbing, so there isn’t too much you can do about that, unless you are designing a kitchen from scratch. Otherwise, you will just have to get creative with your kitchen triangle, if things aren’t really in the ideal place. Just bear the triangle in mind when it comes to renovating or designing your kitchen.

Wasting Space

There can be a fine line in kitchen design between wasting space and having something be cluttered and filled up. And at the end of the day, kitchens do contain a large number of things. Plus, some of the things that you have in your kitchen, like toasters, food processors, or blenders, can be pretty unusual shapes. So finding somewhere to store them can be a little awkward (and you might not want every appliance you own on display on the countertop). So a design mistake with this in mind is not making enough space for storage. Most kitchens are going to have a small amount of space that is wasted. But if you are planning, designing, and renovating well, then it can massively reduce the amount of space that is wasted in the kitchen.

Be savvy with the space that you have got too. For instance, if your kitchen is on the smaller side of things, then you could look to have cabinets that reach right up to the ceiling, so that space is all used on the walls and it is covered too, making it look neat and tidy. For larger items or the things that you might only use occasionally, it can be a big help to have more storage space and less wasted space.

Inadequate Lighting

Because the kitchen is a room in the home that is used for a variety of purposes, and is used at different times of the day, you need to make sure that lightning is going to be adequate for your needs. If not, you could be washing up or preparing food in a kitchen that is poorly lit. You may miss marks or things like that, as well as it being a hazard. So think about the lighting carefully.

In a kitchen there is usually a large pendant light if you have an island, or a multi-bulb light as the main light. This can be useful as it points light into all different directions. It is also a good idea to get some countertop lighting, so that it really lights up the counters. Not only can it help you prepare things more easily, it can help you to create an ambience too, as you could just put the countertop lighting on instead of the main light, for instance.

Forgetting a Backsplash

There can be some kitchen designs where the hob and oven area of the kitchen do not have a backsplash (which in essence is a single large tile that is easy to clean and doesn’t have lots of grout like smaller tiles would have). Having one means that things like the steam, water, and grease that you can get in a kitchen, can all be directed to there and up the flue. It is a good idea to get one, as well as it making the space simpler to clean. So don’t forget the backsplash, or you’ll be spending more and more time in the kitchen than you normally would be, but it will be spent cleaning where food has splashed onto the tiles!

Inadequate Countertop Space

If you have a small kitchen (or a large kitchen that is designed badly), you are likely to hear the complaint that there isn’t enough space on the counters. It is one of the most common complaints when it comes to kitchens. So one design mistake that you can easily make when it comes to your kitchen is not designing enough countertop space. There are so many things that you need to space for, from cooking to socializing. You’re likely to choose a few appliances to always be out on display on the countertop as well. So plan out what will go where, even if you are just renovating. Then you can plan what will fit in the space, as well as what could be stored elsewhere.

If you have the space for it, then an island or a breakfast bar can be a great addition to the kitchen, creating way more counter space, as well as storage space underneath. It makes the space much more practical, as you can do all that you need to do, without having to move things or pack things away before you get cooking or baking, for example.

Having a Too-Trendy Design

Having a kitchen in a design that is a little modern and quirky isn’t going to be a bad thing in itself. But what you have to think about is the longevity of the kitchen if that is the design of it all. Sometimes things that are ‘on trend’ don’t last to be trendy for too long; they can quickly look outdated. So while it can be nice to choose a design that is modern and funky, do have a think about the longevity of the design. Simply the reason being is that it can cost quite a bit of money to design yourself a new kitchen in only a few years time when you decide you’re unhappy with it. If you look for styles or appliances that are timeless, then it can make a difference to your design, and also the longevity and practicality of the kitchen.

Inadequate Ventilation

The kitchen is a room in the home that will come face to face with plenty of different things. From steam, to smoke, to smells, and oil splashes, there can be a lot that is going on in there. Which is why it is so important to make sure that you have good ventilation in your kitchen. A professional that is designing this for you will know what to add, such as a flue above the hob and the right kind of windows for this kind of thing. But if you are doing it alone then it can be something that is overlooked (quite easily). So how will you get the steam out of the room when cooking, for example?

If the room isn’t well ventilated, then it will impact the look of the kitchen. It could cause paint to run and wood to become damp. So it should be something that is considered as part of the design process.


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