Top 5 kitchen design mistakes to avoid

It’s often said that the kitchen is the heart of your home, with both meals and memories made in one of the most important rooms in the house. This makes excellent kitchen design integral, especially with the current trend for open-plan living. Kitchens are no longer just spaces for food-preparation, having transformed into multi-functional hubs for eating, drinking and socialising, as well as cooking. There’s more to good kitchen design than aesthetics – it also needs to work as a cohesive and practical space. Poorly planned kitchens all have one thing in common; they’re not designed with your lifestyle in mind. A good kitchen designer will make the effort to ask you about your needs, your habits and what you’re expecting to get out of your kitchen to prevent making spending time in it a frustrating experience. Kuchina’s designers are experts in creating kitchens which are both beautiful and functional, but just in case, we’ve reveal the top five design mistakes you need to avoid.

Sink – stove – fridge; the Holy Trinity of kitchen design. Making these three areas easily accessible is crucial for good workflow, with experts citing that this ‘triangle’ experiences the most activity in a kitchen. So, it’s important to carefully plan for unobstructed access between all three to make food preparation an enjoyable task. For optimum workflow, consider sectioning counter space into ‘stations’ by grouping together appliances and gadgets with similar functions; kettle & coffee machine, or mixing bowls & stand-mixers.

One of the most common kitchen grievances is not having enough storage, resulting in a disorganised and messy space where clutter is King. Minimise space wastage by making the most of every nook and cranny. Install corner cupboards, ceiling-high cabinetry and conceal multi-layered pull-out shelving in drawers for maximum storage. There are plenty of clever solutions to consider, and by thinking about storage early in the design process you can avoid the all-too-frequent frustration of too many items, too little space.

Flawless design needs no distractions, which is why it’s essential to plan for a good quality ventilation system rather than treating it as an after-thought. There’s nothing worse than a kitchen filled with smoke or steam, or pungent odors that can still be detected the next day. Extractor fans help to neutralise cooking smells, remove airborne grease and minimise moisture during cooking. The very best fans can also help to prevent paint peeling, mould in the kitchen or damage to electronics caused by water vapour in the air. And if you’re worried about it marring your kitchen aesthetic, rest assured that extractor fans have come a long way from being clunky necessities to stunning design features.

Poor lighting is not only a design no-no, but can be downright dangerous in a kitchen environment. With sharp utensils, whirring electrical gadgets and scalding hot appliances, the kitchen needs to be well lit to avoid accidents and mishaps. The best designed kitchens benefit from three different types of lighting; overall illumination, task and accent lighting. Consider what type of lighting needs to go where – for example, countertops under cabinets will need sufficient lighting for food preparation, whilst floor-level integrated LED lights help to create ambience.

Lastly, have some fun with your kitchen! Although there is some merit in avoiding the wackiest designs – especially if you’re planning on reselling – there are a multitude of nifty ways to inject personality which aren’t permanent. The most important part of your house needs to feel like part of your home. Colourful barstools, a statement wall or eye-catching furnishings and accessories can be easily changed with minimum effort to reflect individual style.

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