How To Avoid Some Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

By Subodh / December 11, 2013

Designing a kitchen is one of the most complex processes of any building or renovation process. Whether you’ve decided to design the kitchen yourself or to use the services of a professional interior designer, combining practical space saving solutions and usability is a challenge that will require some sophisticated solutions.

Here are some of the most common kitchen design errors that you should definitely avoid.

Exaggerating with the Kitchen Texture Design Elements

When you go into a showroom, you may become overwhelmed with the variety of textures and visual solutions you can choose from. A lot of people make the mistake of ‘going overboard’ with selecting various, often conflicting, texture elements. The final result may be too much for the eye to comfortable handle.

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Selecting the textures should be done with moderation. If you are using a professional interior designer and you are told by her that something is just ‘too much’ take her word for it.

Also, some designers will be able to provide you with visual simulations that will help you to see how the various textures can be combined to create a visually appealing whole.

Getting the Kitchen Island Dimensions Wrong

The kitchen island is one of the most popular elements in contemporary design. It is visually appealing, useful for storage and can serve as a seating solution.

That’s why most people want their kitchen island as large as possible. The bigger, the better, right?

The problem is, if you order a kitchen island with the wrong layout or an island that’s too large for your kitchen, you may be unknowingly transforming it into a very uncomfortable space.

When in doubt, consult an interior designer about kitchen island dimensions to make sure you get the surface size and layout right.

Getting the Refrigerator Placement Wrong

Believe it or not, some people forget that refrigerator doors actually need to be opened. If you place your refrigerator in the wrong place, you may be blocking the kitchen pathways while its doors are open. This is a very common floor plan error, so make sure that you ask your designer about it. In some cases, your interior designer will be able to help with space limitations by offering various practical solutions like glass front doors.

Not Taking the Ceiling into Consideration

A very common mistake is not to take the ceiling into consideration and not really paying attention to it as an important design element.

Believe it or not, even some designers tend to simply put some can lights on the ceiling and other than that ignore it completely.

In actuality, the ceiling design is crucial in order to improve the overall design flow. A different lighting or a suspended ceiling can change the entire look and feel of your kitchen space.

The Designer is Taking Care of it so I Don’t Need to Check

No matter how good you think your interior designer is, always go over everything with her and make sure you fully understand all the selections. Again, some designers will be able to provide you with visual renderings of the final outcome so you can actually see what your kitchen will look like and work on possible adjustments.