Remodeling your kitchen to make it more functional and attractive can be fun, especially if you have a lot of ideas in mind. You may have found new, interesting ideas in magazines or on the internet and you can’t wait to implement them.
However, the truth is, not all ideas may work perfectly for a kitchen. There may be designs that look good, but are not functional at all. There are also other concepts that may hamper efficiency inside the kitchen. So, how do you properly design a beautiful, yet functional kitchen?
Knowing the different design do’s and don’ts for a kitchen can help you avoid making mistakes in your remodeling project. Here are a few you might want to avoid:
- Improper Ventilation – An effective ventilation system is one of the most essential parts of a kitchen design. Whether it is a state-of-the-art range hood or a bigger window to let bad air escape, proper ventilation keeps the kitchen smelling fresh and clean.
- Obstructing the Kitchen Triangle – The busiest part of the kitchen is centered in three areas: the sink, stove, and refrigerator, also known as the kitchen triangle. Blocking the efficiency of these areas with a cabinet or a counter can make things slower around the kitchen.
- Upper Cabinets That Do Not Go Up to the Ceiling – Avoid the impression of floating cabinets in your kitchen. Instead, make your cabinets go all the way to the ceiling to avoid having an empty space between them. This will prevent dust from collecting, which is not sanitary, especially if near the area where you prepare food.
- Poor Drainage – Kitchens need a working sink at all times. Unfortunately, there are kitchen designs that lead to leaks due to the improper placement of the sink. When designing your kitchen, always consider working with a good plumber.
- Inadequate Counter Space – When preparing food, it is important to have ample counter space to work on. Unfortunately, however, there are many kitchen designs that do not have enough counter space. Always consider your kitchen activities and the space where you will need to work. Consider having a place to put your small appliances and a place to prepare your meals.
- Overdoing – Never overdo your kitchen design. Not all designs are meant to be included in one kitchen plan. Try to finalize a few of your good design ideas and avoid overcrowding your kitchen. Leave more room to breathe. Sometimes, a simple kitchen is more beautiful than a trendy one.