Five common kitchen design mistakes to avoid - Sonae Arauco

Everyone seeking to design a kitchen desires fixtures and finishes that match their particular style and taste. However, wanting to create a space that matches both trends and personal preferences and implementing it, are two different things.

Sometimes, the form that we adopt may not always function the way we initially envisioned. As such, it’s important to take note of the various pitfalls DIY designers fall into when creating a unique kitchen interior. Ahead, we list the most common mistakes and how to avoid them.

One – Poor space circulation

Inadequate space circulation, especially in a kitchen that has two or more people working in it, can make the space look and feel tight, restricted, and cramped. This is doubly true for kitchens that are within an open plan house where foot traffic is more prevalent. Poor space management can take the form of poorly designed drawers and cupboards and appliances that either open into each other or block access entirely.

Expert designers suggest the best way to provide good circulation is to try to have at least 1.2 to 1.5 meters of space between countertops. If the kitchen provides the main thoroughfare, then allow for at least 2 meters. For small kitchens, at least 1 meter is recommended but the more space you allow for, the better your access will be.

Two – Inadequate lighting arrangement

The last thing any homeowner wants is a kitchen where they’re prepping their food in the shadows. It may seem intuitive that lighting is adequately positioned, but it’s easier to get wrong than one might think. Prioritising the aesthetics of lighting arrangements over the functional placement is also an extremely common DIY error. We may enjoy pendants and colourful baubles but if they obscure light, then they’re simply impractical.

Interior design experts recommend light positioning to be slightly ahead of your countertop as opposed to overhead or behind you. If you wish to install accessories like sconces or pendant lights then be sure to keep them on a separate light circuit to control for both form and function. Lastly, always be sure to select light bulbs that provide enough illumination for when you’re preparing a meal.

Three – Ignoring form, function, and sustainable materials

We’ve referred to form vs function already in terms of space and lighting, but the concept also refers to general kitchen interior design. If you’re planning on remodeling or building your kitchen from scratch, you need to make sure that the busiest places in your kitchen (eg, The sink, stove, and fridge) are placed in practical locations that are both relevant to each other in terms of placement and access.

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Four – Failing to utilise wall verticality

While it’s more of an important consideration for smaller kitchens where every bit of space helps, utilizing effective wall verticality can offer valuable storage options wherever it’s implemented.

Consider building your cupboards ceiling high to maximise storage space in small kitchens but be careful not to overdo it. Combine the elements of open plan shelving with the use of vertical spaces. Elevated dish racks that you can connect to your walls will properly free up much-needed space. For a general rule of thumb, cabinetry placed over your cooktop needs to provide a minimum clearance of at least half a meter.

Five – improper use of the “work triangle”

Any expert interior designer is aware that to create a manageable flow, implementing the work triangle into kitchen design is essential. The triangle connects the stove, sink, and fridge in a seamless and efficient way. A good work triangle is in no way hindered by any other object and should measure in a diameter of between 1.5 and 3 meters.

As such, the space between your sink and stove is the place you find yourself preparing food the most. When considering the preliminary kitchen design layout, always address practical considerations. Questions such as how many people will be utilising the space at any given time and how often you plan on entertaining guests are important to figuring out design and spacing.

The next time you find yourself re-envisioning your kitchen interior, be sure to follow these handy tips in order to avoid expensive mistakes in your home interior design 

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