A kitchen remodel is one of the most costly home projects, and you’ll be living with the results for a long time. Done right, however, a kitchen renovation can add value to your home as well as improve quality of life for you and your family. Here are six of the most common kitchen remodeling mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Too Much Open Shelving
While this concept looks gorgeous in show homes, it doesn’t work for every lifestyle. Mismatched mugs and half-used spices are often best kept behind closed cabinet doors. If you love the look, make it an accent while retaining some traditional storage for less attractive items.
2. Interrupting the Flow
The most-used items in any kitchen are the sink, stove, and refrigerator, so it makes sense to have them in proximity to one another with plenty of room to maneuver. Martha Stewart Living refers to this layout as the “work triangle,” and there’s a reason it’s a classic among designers. Keep creative elements to less critical elements of your redesign.
3. Underestimating the Need for Storage
If you have a chance to include integrated storage in a built-in element of your kitchen, do it. Making sure you have enough cabinet and pantry space will ensure that you don’t end up with unsightly, oddly-shaped small appliances (blenders for example) clogging up your counter space.
4. Overdoing Stainless Steel
While those gleaming appliances look enticing in the showroom, they can quickly become overpowering when overdone–especially if you’re working with a small space. Many homeowners find that classic white is a timeless choice that will look great even as trends and tastes change.
5. Skimping on Lighting
Having a variety of types of lighting in your kitchen will help make it not only a workroom, but a family gathering space. According to Fresh Home, you should plan for three types of illumination in the kitchen: general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. And in a kitchen, brightness is essential for safety purposes when working with sharp knives and open flames.
6. Choosing Appliances Last
Although the big items might not be as fun to choose as the beautiful tile backsplash, they are the most essential and should be the primary building blocks of your redesign. Fit smaller items around the refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink.
And a bonus tip: Regardless of how much DIY experience you have, you’ll never regret consulting a professional about your kitchen remodel.