Save yourself some serious days of disaster management with these easily avoidable kitchen conundrums.
Whether it’s midnight hunger pangs, a movie time snackeroo or sudden cravings for Mom’s homestyle rasam rice, it would be safe to say that the kitchen is your kryptonite. From curing your morning headaches with coffee to blessing your belly with warm meals, it’s a pretty magical thing, the kitchen. Which is why it deserves to be designed thoughtfully, meaningfully and ergonomically.
If your kitchen holds a special place in your heart, show it the love it deserves. Start by avoiding these 8 incredibly common kitchen design mistakes!
Mistake 1. Overlooking the golden triangle
Avoid having your kitchen turn into the Bermuda Triangle, by employing the magic of a golden triangle. The golden triangle refers to the arrangement of the sink, the stove and the refrigerator as the three points of a triangle, with a distance of at least four to nine feet between each pair of elements. It’s best to leave the path between each pair free of clutter, to optimise negative space and minimise superfluous movement.
Mistake 2. Planning inadequate storage
Your kitchen must be equipped with storage of all kinds – for food, for appliances, for cutlery; the whole shebang. It’s a good idea to plan your storage in advance, while you’re still designing your kitchen. Consider an assortment of storage devices; drawers, shelves, racks, rails, cubbyholes and more. You can even create special cabinets to mask unsightly wires and appliances to keep your counters clean and clutter-free. Optimise the wall space available by paying heed to vertical storage. Install cabinets that extend up to the ceiling to make the most of the space available.
Mistake 3. Disregarding counter space
Cabinet laminates, check. Mosaic backsplash, check. Lighting and fixtures, check. Wonderful. But before you give yourself a pat on the back, ask yourself whether you’ve given your kitchen counters enough importance in your overall aesthetic. Well-planned counters can be gold in your cooking area, offering you plenty of space to store appliances, sort ingredients and whip up meals. If you haven’t already, get to planning your counter space to create multiple cooking workstations.
Mistake 4. Planning inadequate lighting
The holy grail for awesome lighting is made up of three primary lighting types: general, task and accent. One without the other two can spell disaster for an area, offering a dim, lopsided effect that can’t be saved even by the heartiest meal. General lighting includes lighting sources that carpet your entire room in a soft, diffused glow, like chandeliers, track and recessed lights. Task lighting pertains to sources that offer focused illumination for specific work zones like the kitchen counter. Accent lighting serves to highlight aesthetic elements of your kitchen; examples include under-cabinet lighting.
Mistake 5. Blocking ventilation
The last thing you want during a full-blown cookout is fumes blustering against your face. The solution? Excellent ventilation. Give your windows pride of place in your kitchen, to encourage natural air flow and to provide an outlet for fumes, smoke and odours. Also, invest in a quality chimney to suction out hot air and leave your cooking area looking and smelling pristine.
Mistake 6. Displaying the dustbin
An ugly dustbin can bend even the most perfect kitchen out of shape. Consider creating a concealed cabinet to stow your bin and keep your kitchen looking immaculate.
Mistake 7. Keeping your appliances homeless
Most of us are hardened to the concept of countertop appliances. Vacant corner? Perfect for the mixer. An underused shelf? Easy storage for the whisker.
The truth is, when it comes to appliance storage, it’s wise to plan your spaces carefully. Make sure you have ample space around each appliance so you can navigate your way around without any obstructions. Docking your appliances can keep them from being eyesores and help you present your kitchen better.
Mistake 8. Favouring price over quality for cabinets
You may be tempted to cut corners and costs by going for cut-price cabinets. But remember, a low cost is often reflective of low quality, and spending little now may shortchange you in the long run. Cabinets are likely the priciest feature of your kitchen, and rightly so. These trusty storage devices will experience plentiful wear and tear and a cheap material will affect their look and performance over the years.
Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or remodelling an existing one, avoiding these 8 kitchen slip-ups can have you serving up great meals, moments and memories for years to come. Go on and use this trusty guide to turn your kitchen into the heart of your home.
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