Hype up your kitchen without a headache by avoiding all the common pitfalls.
Mistake #1: Winging it
If you’re planning on remodelling your kitchen, you need long term results. So take some time to plan things before you start. Consider your family’s needs and lifestyle.
Some of the factors you should consider include how often you cook, the appliances you use most, how much storage you need and how much time you spend in the kitchen. Do your kids, for example, spend their afternoons there doing homework? Do you like socializing and entertaining in the kitchen while you cook? All of this will determine what sort of kitchen space will suit you best.
Mistake #2: DIY-ing it
It’s okay to do a lot of the remodeling yourself, if you’re the DIY type and have some experience. But at the very least, consult a design expert before you start. A professional will be able to recommend ideas you haven’t considered, caution you about safeguards that may not have occurred to you, and basically give you a few guidelines that will prevent unseen disasters coming your way.
Mistake #3: Overlooking storage space
Details like draw dividers, pantry pullouts and lazy Susans are often forgotten about but they can make a huge difference in increasing your kitchen’s storage efficiency. Getting them done during the remodeling process will also save you a lot more money than adding them in later.
Mistake #4: Forgetting the flow
It doesn’t matter how stylish your new kitchen’s going to look. If you have the stove at one end, the sink at the other, and the refrigerator in a distant corner, it’s going to drive you insane. Make sure your appliances are located close to each other for maximum efficiency. Designers refer to this as the kitchen work triangle. It works.
Mistake #5: Sacrificing counter space
Don’t. Really. Counter space is one of the most important features of a kitchen and even if you have limited space to work with, there are plenty of solutions that will help you. You could create more space by using shelving supports or decorative corbels for your countertop.
Mistake #6: Making appliances an afterthought
It’s easier to choose cabinets and countertops that fit your fridge and dishwasher rather than the other way around. It gives you far more choice without restricting you later on so don’t leave appliances for last, the way most people do.
Mistake #7: Putting your backsplash on the backburner
The backsplash is pretty much the focal point of the kitchen but it’s also one of the most overlooked features. Go ahead, make a statement with it. Play with color – a bright splash can turn it into a quirky accent piece. Or you can use different shades of the same tone for a more sophisticated ,look.
Mistake #8: Not seeing the big picture
It sounds obvious, doesn’t it – making sure everything in the kitchen ‘matches’ once remodeling work is done. But it’ll surprise you how many people forget to consider all the elements together – a lot of the time there’s always something that’s been overlooked that ends up spoiling the finished look. So when you’re planning your remodel, remember to consider every feature (your wall color, cabinet colors, flooring, hardware, accents – everything) to make sure they all tie together.