When remodeling your kitchen, you want the room of your dreams, not a nightmare. Think about how much easier it is to work in a kitchen with the perfect design. It’s much more pleasant. Meals seem to come together in a snap, and everything has a home, from utensils to dinnerware, to food and pantry staples.
This is why, when you undertake a kitchen remodel, you should carefully plan out the entire room’s design and functionality. That way you won’t run into the common mistakes that too many people make in similar situations.
5 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid Like the Plague
1. Too Much Stainless Steel
Having all your large appliances match with stainless steel finishes is an excellent idea. Buying every tiny extra detail in stainless – microwave, coffee maker, toaster, etc. — is not. As the Pure Wow blog humorously puts it, if you go that far, your kitchen will soon resemble a morgue more than anything else. They recommend mixing in other materials to keep things interesting and choosing small appliances in white, black, or even a color like red or blue.
2. Not Including Enough Electrical Outlets
This is a detail that often gets overlooked in a kitchen redesign. Think about how many gadgets and gizmos you use in your kitchen that all require electricity to work. Sometimes you’ll also want to charge your phone or device, or perhaps even plug in a vacuum or floor cleaner. Avoid this kitchen design mistake and think about every possible scenario; plan accordingly.
3. Not Having Proper Ventilation
People who don’t cook that often might not remember to think about ventilation. When you cook on the stove, there are robust smells (think: bacon sizzling on Sunday morning), not to mention heat and smoke that should be directed out of your kitchen. A hood or at least a ceiling fan can help disperse these things and clear the air.
4. Not Planning Enough Storage Space
It’s easy to think about all of the new finishes to purchase and install for your kitchen remodel and forget about where you’re going to put the stuff you need to cook. Dishes, tools, utensils, small appliances, cookbooks, cleaning supplies, and all of your food have to go somewhere. Otherwise, you risk a cluttered, messy-looking kitchen design.
5. Not Having Enough Lighting
Most people are so focused on the big picture that smaller details are left in the dust. When you think about it, though, who wants to work in a dark, gloomy kitchen? If you only have one fluorescent overhead light, you probably need additional lighting. According to the Pure Wow blog, at least three types of lighting are ideal – overhead, spot, and accent lighting.
The Takeaway: Plan, Plan, Plan
If you take the time to plan your remodel correctly, you can avoid making these common kitchen design mistakes. All it takes is some careful thought and consideration for the details as well as the big picture. This way, you can create the kitchen of your dreams. If you need help with your remodel, count on Copper Creek Construction for high-quality workmanship and service.