1. Home
  2. Kitchens

Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes to Keep In Mind When Planning Your Renovation

A kitchen renovation is a significant investment. It helps you create a functional and stylish space that feels updated and fresh. In addition, a kitchen renovation can increase your home’s resale price. 

But before you start planning your kitchen renovation, there are a few common mistakes you should be aware of. 

Not considering your lifestyle

While designing a kitchen partially involves aesthetics, you shouldn’t neglect function. A kitchen’s design should support its purpose, which can vary depending on each family’s needs. Evaluate your lifestyle and needs so you can be sure your new kitchen design perfectly fits them. 

Food and cooking enthusiasts can invest in upgraded appliances, for example. And someone with a vast collection of kitchen tools and dishes will need extra storage space. 

If your kitchen is the central spot for home entertainment, you’ll probably want to incorporate extra seating to accommodate everyone. After all, you don’t want to leave your guests waiting in the living room while you prepare the food in your kitchen. Therefore, you might include a conversational seating area in your kitchen renovation. A kitchen island with bar stools would work perfectly for home parties. 

kitchen design
Photo Credits: In Honor Of Design

A kitchen island that’s too large

A kitchen island provides ample working surface while also serving as the central point for gathering. You might think that a larger kitchen island works better, but think twice before supersizing it. 

Walking around a kitchen island longer than 10 feet is difficult and can disrupt the traffic flow. Therefore, it’s usually best to go with a more compact design. For smaller spaces, a kitchen peninsula might be a better fit.

kitchen design
Photo Credits: Studio McGee

Not enough storage

Providing plenty of storage space is necessary for a functional kitchen. Open shelving might seem like a smart option that makes the area feel more open, but there is a drawback. The dishes will gather dust, and you’ll need to make sure you display only the best pieces for the streamlined look you see on those dreamy Pinterest kitchens. 

Make sure to include cabinets for storage. Glass door cabinets are another stylish option since you can show off your fine glassware without exposing them to dust. You still need to ensure the arrangement is attractive. 

kitchen design
Photo Credits: Emily Netz

Not sampling materials

If you aren’t experienced in home renovations, you might go to the home store and purchase the first materials you fall in love with. A nice color and texture might trick you into making impulsive decisions, but remember that colors look different under different lighting conditions.

The same exact color can look vastly different when placed under artificial light and natural light. Before you commit to a specific finish, make sure to sample it first to see how it looks in your home. 

Lighting isn’t the only thing to consider. A particular color will look different when displayed next to other colors. Stores usually offer samples, so take them home to see what the material will look like in your chosen room.

kitchen design
Photo Credits: Pinteresting Plans
kitchen design
Photo Credits: Kristina Lynne
kitchen design
Photo Credits: Hello Love Studio
kitchen design
Photo Credits: Monika Hibbs
kitchen design
Photo Credits: TXSizedHome
kitchen design
Photo Credits: Monika Hibbs
kitchen design
Photo Credits: Blesser House
Kristina Shestakova
Kristina is a home decor enthusiast that loves to share practical tips. With more than 5 years in the interior design content writing niche, she has lots to share. She is obsessed with Pinterest, looking for the most creative ideas for your inspiration. Hopefully, this will motivate you to create the home you always wanted.

You might also like