Kitchen is the busiest part of the house. If you’re designing your kitchen or redesigning it, you should ensure that the new design works for free mobility in this active place. If you look at kitchen design photos online, you will notice that they are not only fantastic but also functional. Don’t get too caught up in your own idea of what’s beautiful and sacrifice function in the process. You will regret this choice. The following are some of the don’ts.
1. Too much obstruction.
Pay attention to the sink, stove, and fridge. Interior design specialists call them the kitchen triangle. This triangle is where the much movement goes on. This area benefits from no obstruction. The idea is to have as much access as possible. Unfortunately, this can be sabotaged by wrong placement of the plumbing system in relation to the sink and placing the sink, stove, and fridge too close together. Ideally, you want to put 4-8 feet of space in between them.
2. Lack of counter top.
It doesn’t matter whether you have a small or spacious kitchen. If you have no counter top space, it’s impossible to properly perform everyday food preparation activities. You have two options. One is to free up space. Two is to add an island. The right choice depends on the size and shape of the kitchen area.
3. Consider available space.
The greatest mistake homeowners make is ignoring how much space is available and how to work with this available space. This often leads to crowding the kitchen with too much stuff and constructing built-in cabinets in wrong places, both of which constrict space and hamper movement.
4. Bad lighting.
This may seem solely an aesthetic issue, but one which you cannot dismiss as trivial. The kitchen should create a warm, cozy ambiance. Moreover, good lighting emphasizes overall design. However, good lightning in the kitchen is more than just an aesthetic concern. Poor lighting could sabotage food preparation. If less light hits the sink or cooking area, that’s a problem. You cannot prepare food properly if the counter isn’t sufficiently illuminated.
5. No ventilation.
The kitchen easily gets smoky, putrid, and muggy after all the cooking. When your kitchen starts smelling funny and feeling sticky, it’s no longer an inviting place, and staying in it to cook food becomes an unpleasant experience. Kitchen ventilation should not circulate stinky air around the room. Instead, it should improve indoor air quality.
6. Too much trendiness going on.
Seasoned designers frown at going with the trends when it comes to designing anything in the house. The problem with fads is they all die too soon. It is always best to invest in timeless themes. Ask your contractor about it.
7. Kitchen island in the wrong spot.
It’s easy to overlook the importance choosing the right kitchen island and right spot for it, because you were caught up with counter top design or lighting fixtures or other things. In small kitchens, islands may be out of the question as they’re more of a nuisance than a usable area. Size and space are not just the issues when considering a kitchen island. Another issue is the shape of your kitchen and how an island will affect the flow of traffic and movement. Again, we should go back to whether a design choice would promote or hinder free movement. Wrong choices lead to a design fiasco that needs to redone. Redoing designs means additional expenditure.