Kitchen Remodel Layout And Design Mistakes To Avoid

Whether you want to entertain more, need more cabinet space, or want to accommodate your growing family, there are several reasons why you are would choose to upgrade your kitchen. Unfortunately, if you are starting from scratch, there are many design and layout mistakes that can ruin the flow of the space and not utilize the kitchen space wisely. Here are a few common kitchen remodel mistakes to avoid.

Crowding the Kitchen

Cabinet space, countertop space, and extra storage are probably on the top of your kitchen remodel must-have list. Unfortunately, if your space is minimal, adding too many cabinets or squeezing in extra counter space can crowd the room, making it appear smaller than it actually is. Additionally, if your space is small, a kitchen island can take up valuable square footage that will make it impossible to work comfortably.

Instead, choose cabinets, countertops, and storage methods that will work with your kitchen. One way to squeeze more cabinets and storage into your kitchen is to utilize the vertical space in the room.

Forgoing Measuring Appliances

The size of your room and the number of cabinets and countertops will also dictate the size of your appliances. Measure the space carefully to ensure you purchase a refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher that will fit comfortably inside the room. Additionally, keep your counter space in mind while choosing the small appliances for your kitchen, such as a coffee pot, blender, and stand mixer.

Disrupting the Flow of the Kitchen

Your designer or contractor might use the term "kitchen triangle" while creating a blueprint for your new kitchen. This triangle refers to the placement of the stove, sink, and refrigerator. Using a triangular space for the placement of these three items will ensure your workflow is not interrupted, which will maximize the space and make your time in the kitchen efficient.

Inadequate or Poorly Placed Lighting

Finally, the lighting in your kitchen is not only aesthetic, it is also a function and safety issue. Improperly placed fixtures or too few outlets in your kitchen can make it difficult to prepare food in a safe environment. Choose light fixtures that are not only attractive but also provide you with enough light. Under-cabinet lighting is a great option if you don't have a large space that can accommodate several light fixtures.

From inadequate lighting to a kitchen that lacks proper flow, there are several kitchen design mistakes you should avoid.

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