We end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen – both cooking and socializing- be it cooking, preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or serving a three-course dinner to family and friends. The kitchen is one place that must be both beautiful and functional. And yet there are some design mistakes we end up making more often than not. Here’s a list of the common mistakes to avoid in order to achieve both practical as well as elegant kitchen design:
1. Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen triangle
Experts refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen triangle, the area of greatest activity, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. Of the three, the sink will see the most action and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your countertop workstations.
2. Don’t waste storage space
Because built-ins are expensive and the overall size of the area you’re working with may be limited, one big design mistake is not including enough storage. If the kitchen is small, consider installing extra long upper cabinets with molding for extra storage space.
3. Don’t ignore countertop workspace
One of the biggest complaints about kitchen design is the lack of countertops. You might want to fit as much open horizontal surface areas in a kitchen as possible. This may be achieved by adding an island or breakfast bar to an L-shaped kitchen.
4. Don’t settle for poor lighting
5. Don’t forget to ventilate
The best of kitchen design fades in the presence of a stench. Effective ventilation systems also help extend the life of your appliances, and if you have a kitchen that opens to a living area or family room, they will make life easier, cleaner and more pleasant for everyone.
6. Don’t ignore your recyclables
These days, dealing with trash in kitchen design has gone beyond sticking a bin under the sink. Be prepared to manage your trash efficiently and incorporate trash sorting bins into your kitchen design.0