Designing a kitchen is more difficult than simply picking out an oven, putting in some countertops, and then throwing in a refrigerator. To get a pleasing look that works for your space, it’s important to take the time to find the right components and avoid mistakes. Here are some of the common ones:
- No Unified Design Direction: With so many options available today, it’s easy to pick from a large variety of things you like but then find that they don’t work once they’re put together. Before starting your renovation, it’s always good to have a general idea of what you’d like the end the style and result to look like. That, or make sure you’re working with a professional that can help you get there.
- Appliances Too Big: Let’s face it: you want the very best of everything, and bigger is always better, right? Wrong. Just because that giant, stainless steel 60” refrigerator/freezer model the salesman sold you on “will definitely get the job done,” there may not be any space left over for you to move around in your kitchen. Make sure you get appliances that work with the space you have.
- Not Enough Light: This one is very easy to overlook. You get so caught up in the excitement of new countertops, new appliances, new decor, etc., it’s easy to forget to illuminate the space. Don’t chop away in the dark—that’s how people lose fingers. Instead, make sure the space is well lit.
- Not Enough Outlets: You’re ready to give your new kitchen a try and, as you reach to plug in your blender, you realize the nearest outlet is eight feet away. Make sure there are plenty of outlets in convenient places.
- Dishwasher Not By Sink: enough said.
- Do It Yourself (DIY): We get it, Rambo. It’s fun to do things on your own, but leave the more complicated tasks (like installing cabinets) to the professionals.