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. 

The Finished Kitchen: Final Results

My last house-related post shows our finished bathroom and now we have a finished kitchen too!

The bathroom looks exactly how I imagined it. It’s quite a small room, so we had to go for a joint bath-shower, which meant forgoing my walk-in shower *huge sad face*. There isn’t much light in the bathroom so we got glossy tiles to reflect the little light that there is. I’m also on the look out for a huge mirror to put across all of one wall.

The finished kitchen is also exactly how I pictured it. We purchased it on eBay second-hand for a bargain price. We couldn’t have afforded a brand new kitchen, and I was very wary of purchasing something so huge on eBay. But I’ve absolutely fallen in love with it.

I love my range cooker, made by Stoves. It has seven hobs, two ovens, a grill, and a warming/proving drawer.

Ignore the horrendous state of the surfaces and trailing wires. I love my tiles. They’re from Topps Tiles and come in about five different colours. They’re darker than I imagined, but we’ve gone with a light floor and kitchen so it’s a nice contrast.

Our floor is part of a new collection from Wickes of all places. We’re very impressed with it. It’s laminate but is very thick and has a texture so it feels and looks like solid wood.

Today, our skirting has been completed, and all our sockets have been screwed in and are working. We’ve chosen brushed steel sockets, which match the brushed steel tile trim and the handles of the kitchen units.

Our fridge and freezer is built-in, so you’d never know they’re there, and our washing machine is going in the garage. The only appliance we have on show is the cooker so everything looks neat and tidy.

Hopefully, we can have some truly fabulous parties here!

Before and After


Before, the kitchen was from the 70s, and was dark and grimy. The appliances seemed to be about as old as the kitchen.



During: A lot of the units practically fell away from the wall. It wasn’t a safe space. We had the strangest “outside doors” inside the house which have now been removed, and replaced with a modern archway.


After: the room is such much lighter now the tiles and the dark furniture is out. We’ve opened out the kitchen into a U-shape to make it feel bigger.



The paint colour is a grey/green which looks almost white. It goes perfectly with the tiles and seems to heighten the ceiling.

Hopefully, we’ll be ready to move in soon! The next big job is rebuilding the staircase, so stay updated!