In today’s hectic and digital world, the kitchen creates space that families can gather, cook and spend time together. Making it one of the most comfortable rooms in your home is almost a necessity since this is the one room that everyone ends up in! We spend time in the kitchen eating our meals, having snacks, enjoying gathering as a family, and entertaining friends. Thus, if the kitchen doesn’t flow with the rest of the house – or the room itself – it becomes a space to avoid. Remodeling your kitchen can transform your space so that it is warm and inviting, but also functional. When planning your kitchen remodel, here is how to avoid 6 kitchen remodel mistakes.
Solutions to How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes
1. Open Shelving
While Open Shelving is often approached as making your kitchen space seem more open, it can also create an atmosphere of too much busyness. Open shelving is a wonderful way to add character to the room and display your prized pieces, be cautious, however, too many knick-knacks or stacked baking pans and skillets can interrupt the flow of your kitchen and certainly take away from the rest of your design for your kitchen. We suggest keep the open shelves neatly adorned and choose wall or base cabinetry for the less decorative items.
2. Stainless Steel
A little stainless steel goes a long way towards making a kitchen look modern. Too much can make it look like an operating room or an industrial kitchen (not to be confused with Industrial Design Style). Make sure to break up the stainless steel with some complementing colors and textures from other areas in your home. One way to do this is to choose stainless appliances with a colorful countertop, or a stainless steel island countertop with colorful appliances and wood open shelves.
3. Poorly Placed Appliances
Nothing breaks up the flow of a room like making it difficult to use. Not being able to open your refrigerator and walk by it or your dishwasher and stove, at the same time not only hampers the use of your kitchen, but it also appears cramped and unfunctional. Creating the right flow for your space can make all the difference. This should be one of the first things you’ll want to talk with your Kitchen Remodeler about.
4. Making it too Bland
The white kitchen is in high demand, ‘safe’ colors like beige, tan, and white flow together, but they can also make a kitchen boring. A monochromatic design scheme is beautiful when done well, but can fall flat. Add some flavor to your kitchen to give it character. Bring some of the colors from the adjoining rooms into the kitchen to add depth and carry the flow of colors from room to room. You can also add texture with wood, shapes and fabrics. Since you are wanting to create a space for gathering family and friends, make sure your family’s personality is reflected in your newly remodeled kitchen!
5. Trash Cans/Recycle Bins
Absolutely necessary, but what to do with them? To create a beautiful space without also interrupting the flow of your kitchen, trashcans and recycle containers should be planned into your new kitchen remodel. There are many ways to keep these items functional, whether in a pantry, base cabinet, or other built-in space. They will be accessible but hidden.
6. Installing in the Incorrect Lighting
Nothing makes your kitchen more functional than effective lighting. Kitchens need an overhead light for general lighting and a spotlight to perform specific tasks such as preparing food. Of course, you don’t want your kitchen only to be functional; you want it to look good too. In order to highlight the style of your kitchen, add in accent lighting with pendant lights over the island/peninsula or above cabinets and toe kick lighting. This is another great way to add in your personality.
Avoid these 6 kitchen remodeling mistakes, schedule your appointment today! Homework Remodels has the solutions that will create the space in your kitchen where your family and friends will want to gather. We have designed some of the most unique and amazing kitchens in the greater Phoenix area. Our work has been featured in several magazines and online publications, and we’ve received the Contractor of the Year award multiple times. We love the entire kitchen remodeling process and would be honored to help you realize your kitchen’s full potential.
"In today’s hectic and digital world, the kitchen creates space that families can gather, cook and spend time together. Making it one of the most comfortable rooms in your home is almost a necessity since this in the one room that everyone ends up in!"
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