Your kitchen is where the action is. This is the area of your home likely to see the most pedestrian traffic. This is also the room that potential future buyers gravitate towards. They want to see a clean, spacious and well-designed space that optimizes function and form.
Designing your kitchen is not a trivial matter. Fortunately, keeping up with the essentials minimizes the chances of making serious and regrettable mistakes. We will cover 5 of the most common design mistakes below so you know what to avoid.
Mistake # 1: Neglecting to consider storage space
Storage is more important than it looks at during the design phase. Most people put aside a lot of space to store items, but end up needing more. Cookware, containers and appliances quickly consume available space.
Make sure you allocate a lot of storage. Make sure there is enough space for pots, pans, plates and other items. Like most homeowners, you will probably have more room at some point in the future. Maximizing storage capacity in advance will help you delay this problem.
Mistake # 2: Do not plan for traffic
Your kitchen should be designed for maximum efficiency. Part of this equation is to recognize how people will travel through it. Another part is to make sure that they do not cause obstruction and prevent the preparation of meals.
The flow of traffic will be dictated, in part, by the layout. Is the room L-shaped, U-shaped, or open? Ideally, the traffic lanes should completely bypass the working triangle. The triangle represents an area that connects the refrigerator, the stove and the sink. That's where most of the work is done.
Mistake # 3: placing too many devices near each other
The space on your benchtops is limited. There is not enough room to keep all your devices in view. This would make it look congested and overcrowded.
Decide which devices should stay outdoors and which ones should be stored when they are not in use. Base your decisions on how often you use them. For example, do you use your blender every morning, but use your electric can opener only once a week? If it is, store it in a cabinet. You will save space on your work plans and give the space a cleaner and more organized look.
Mistake # 4: Neglecting to Predict Lighting Needs
Lighting has several purposes in your kitchen. It provides illumination; it presents the main characteristics; and this influences the mood and the atmosphere. It is important to design the space with a sound lighting plan in mind.
Task lighting should be used to illuminate worktops and areas where food is prepared. Ambient lighting should be used to make the environment warm and inviting. The accent lighting can be used to highlight decorative plates or other unique features.
The overlay of the room with different types of lighting creates a workspace that also serves as a place of relaxation between friends and relatives.
Mistake # 5: Leave the Shaded Design Function
As important as the design is in the kitchen, the function is just as much. After all, space serves a practical purpose. It is there that food is prepared and that family members gather.
Unfortunately, many homeowners allow the form to overshadow the function. They focus so intentionally on the appearance of their cabinets and the style of their backsplash that they neglect to consider whether the space is designed for efficiency.
The working triangle was mentioned earlier. It offers a useful guide when it comes to design. Each point on the triangle represents the location of the sink, refrigerator and stove. As a rule, each leg should be between 4 feet and 9 feet. In addition, the triangle should not be disturbed by traffic.
Designing a kitchen that is both effective and visually pleasing can be difficult. The first step is to become familiar with the most common mistakes made by homeowners. This alone will help you create a kitchen as attractive as it is functional.