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4 design mistakes to avoid when remodelling your kitchen

By LLM Reporters  |  September 21, 2020

A kitchen transformation can be a very exciting project to undertake, but one that you will need to ensure you get right from the start to avoid any costly mishaps.

Where smaller issues can be fixed at any time such as an undesirable paint choice, other, more significant issues can present themselves when it’s a little too late to make the necessary changes without substantial cost.

We all relish the idea of creating a wonderfully swish and aesthetically pleasing kitchen, but if this isn’t your profession then you may not have had much experience with renovating this room of the house, so it is really is best left to the experts to guide and oversee every step of the process.

To avoid putting your money where it shows rather than where it actually matters, we’ve highlighted some of the common areas within a kitchen remodel that you must ensure you get right to achieve that kitchen you so desire and deserve.

You will need to ensure that the design elements and lighting are spot on

Incorrect layout

One of the reasons you may be so keen on installing a brand-new kitchen, other than to expel an outdated look, is because you feel that the layout can be improved to suit your needs. Perhaps you are looking to install a kitchen island or those coveted bi-fold doors would look fantastic in your home, maybe you’re looking to knock down a wall or two to create an open plan space, whatever the reason, you must ensure that the new layout is functional.

Whatever you do, stick to the rule of the work triangle – that is your fridge, sink and cooker need to form a triangle as these are the most used areas in the room. You want to avoid making any errors with the layout such as stacking everything along one wall or putting a pantry in a hard to reach spot, so hiring expert kitchen remodellers to guide you here will be important.

Lack of lighting

This is notoriously a tough room to get right when it comes to illuminating the space, which is why it’s really important to have the correct lighting in your kitchen to enhance and set the mood.

As with any room there are three types of lighting setups: task lighting, accent lighting, and overall lighting, and as the names suggest, every part of lighting has a specific purpose, but in the kitchen it’s key to get it right. If you put too much focus on accent lighting, then you might not be able to see well enough to chop your vegetables! Accent lighting is supposed to highlight the design elements and the lack of it can make the kitchen look dull and undesirable, whereas a bright strip light may seem functional and can light the area well, but it doesn’t offer much in terms of aesthetic.

Stick to the rule of the work triangle – that is your fridge, sink and cooker need to form a triangle as these are the most used areas in the room

Extravagant décor

We will all be keen to show off how much effort we’ve put into remodelling the most important place of in home, but it’s certainly worth considering calming down when it comes to the design. This is a space that shouldn’t need to be renovated very often at all so ensuring you choose a design that stands the test of time is important.

Though you may want to get it all in there and showcase your interior skills, using too many accents, or following two or three themes for your design can quickly ruin your kitchen’s look. Instead of trying to make it look both traditional and minimalistic, stick to one theme, excessive trendiness can be too much to look at. Bright colours should be left to replaceable items too.

Neglecting a backsplash

A kitchen backsplash is one of the focal points of the kitchen and a lack of one can make the space feel neglected and empty. Since this is a small area in the room, why not make a statement here by adding a dash of colour or print? Having a backsplash gives a great visual appeal to the design and obviously protects the walls as well from grease, food and dirt. Just make sure you don’t overdo it by going with anything too bold or choosing a colour that clashes with the rest of the room. Opt for sophistication and elegance and you will no doubt end up with a kitchen of envy.