If you’re planning your dream kitchen, it’s important to have a look at different design elements that you can bring into your design. It’s also equally important to look at mistakes to avoid so that you don’t fall into misuse of your overall space and layout.
Here are our top 5 mistakes you should ignore when designing your kitchen:
1. Ignoring corners
Not taking full advantage of every single corner of your kitchen can be a great waste of space. Nowadays there are multiple ways to reach those annoying deep corners without you having to stretch yourself into the cabinetry. From movable shelves to magic corners or drawers, there are multiple solutions available to make the most of every single corner of your space.
2. Not making full use of your cabinetry, aka too much empty space
A drawer doesn’t have to be just one drawer, the same way a shelf doesn’t have to be standard. If you really want to make the most of your space, then you should be adding layers to your project, creating a variety of spaces for articles of different scales. From matryoshka drawers, to bespoke cutlery dividers, spice racks and moving drawers, make sure you discuss your best options with your designer.
3.Underestimating how much organisation space you need
Don’t underestimate how much kitchen organisation you will need. Regardless of you wanting to have a kitchen that hosts the most amazing dinner parties or being a fan of oven-ready meals, packing your design with an organised logistic will make a big difference. It also means you get to avoid clutter, keeping all of your kitchenware tidy and with easy access.
The best way to do it is to plan space according to what you already own or are planning on buying for your kitchen. Make sure you communicate those needs to your kitchen designer, so they can advise on the right plan for your space.
4. No natural or artificial ventilation
A few things are worse than burning a piece of toast and leaving your kitchen smelling of burnt food or foggy with smoke- even worse if it makes your fire alarm go off. Ventilation is essential to avoid all of these, from lingering smells to dust or fat accumulation on your kitchen surfaces. There are at least 3 options you can choose from- cross ventilation if you have multiple natural windows, singular-window ventilation when the first is not possible and/or artificial ventilation.
Artificial ventilation can be quite varied, but it’s always worth it to invest in an efficient system that captures impurities, and circulates air keeping your kitchen clean.
5. Unpurposeful design (not having bespoke spaces designated to different elements)
DIY can be amazing- when you put effort into researching the right solutions for your space and actually set a plan in action to reproduce them. However, when it involves the full design of a space and you are looking for a stellar result, there’s no doubt you should consult with professionals who fully understand how to craft a kitchen.
Our advice is always to have at least one professional consultation, in order to get the advice you need for solutions that will make your layout comfortable and purposeful. Kitchen designers will know how to ask you all the right questions to create a kitchen that’s bespoke to your needs. They will also advise you on the best appliances to use, get you good discounts and tell you where to place them for efficient use of space.
When you're looking at kitchen planning ideas, it’s always important to look both at design inspiration and the biggest mistakes to avoid.
Avoiding these top 5 topics will leave you close to having a space that can last for decades, helping you make the most out of your internal layout.
Above all, following some of these rules will help you generate a space that can be entirely bespoke to your needs.
Reach out to us if you need help planning your kitchen!
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Words by Sofia Gameiro Inacio