5 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

5 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

When it comes to redesigning rooms, the kitchen is often the space that people choose to change first.

A modern kitchen is right at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists, but there are a few kitchen design mistakes that people make. In this post, we will look more closely at some of the top mistakes so you can avoid repeating them and end up with the kitchen of your dreams.

Poor Layout

The kitchen should be a room that you can glide around with ease, but many people don’t think about positioning their items for maximum convenience. Many kitchen designers believe in the ‘triangle effect’, that is, your kitchen sink, oven and food preparation area need to form a triangle shape. Think carefully about the positioning of them for maximum usability. 

If you decide to have an island in the centre of the room, don’t let it block off lots of space. Essentially, you want your redesigned kitchen to make your life easier, not harder.


white and wooden kitchen with lots of light and greenery

Not Enough Ventilation and Disposal Means

Your kitchen needs to be properly ventilated so you can get rid of the fumes, smoke and grease generated by cooking. A lot of systems tend to not have enough power, or they recirculate the air rather than completely remove it. A fully-functioning ventilation system is a must in your kitchen redesign.

As well as this, you should think about the drainage. You may need to get your drains fixed because of a blocked sink or the lack of a disposal unit. If you can prevent potential problems before they happen, then you’re putting yourself in a good position.

Inadequate Storage

Not having enough storage is one of the biggest kitchen design mistakes. Having enough storage is hugely important in creating a kitchen environment that appears clear and clutter-free. There are plenty of ways that you can tackle these storage issues including adding roll-out trays, drawer organisers, and pot racks, to name a few.

If there are items that don’t fit into your regular meal preparation, you may benefit from storing these in another room of the house.


kitchen worktop and lighting - kitchen design mistakes

Narrow Work Aisles

Returning to the issue of kitchens having a bad flow or layout, you want to ensure the aisles are easy to navigate. If you’re thinking of installing a kitchen island, make sure you have plenty of space around the island. Though this particular design trend may be in vogue at the moment, if you simply don’t have enough space, there is no point putting one in. It will make the kitchen look smaller and crammed.

Lack of Lighting

You want the kitchen lighting to be adequate, especially in the key food preparation areas. If you are looking to create an overall illumination effect, you can do this by installing some carefully-spaced recessed lights. Another potential option is task lighting under wall cabinets. You should also think about some overhead lighting too. The style really depends on what sort of overall effect you are going for in the room.


white kitchen with black worktops and downlights


Sometimes, good home design is based on what not to do, so these top kitchen design mistakes will give you something to consider. 

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