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6 – Most Common Kitchen Design Mistakes


If there is one room of the house that people tend to give a makeover most often, it is the kitchen.

And when you are putting so much time and money into a project, you want to ensure that you get it right.

But there are some design errors which come up time after time and you will want to avoid repeating them yourself.

Here, we will look at a few of them in more detail to ensure that you are not left feeling any kitchen regret.

Not Planning the Project Properly

You need to, first of all, ensure that you plan the project in detail so that you are happy with the final result.

Whether you are doing this by yourself or with the support of a design company like Spindle Design Co, you should think through all the intricate details carefully.

Unlike other rooms of the house in which you can move around furniture and adjust the decoration with ease, once your kitchen is set in place, it is going to be costly and time-consuming to make any changes.

Too Much Open Shelving

While open shelving makes for an attractive design feature, it is one which you don’t want to overuse.

Some things look great on display while others are meant for cupboards.

Think wine glasses versus novelty beer mugs!

Also, you may end up with not enough space to store everything properly.

Excessive Amounts of Stainless Steel

Of course, some things look great in stainless steel such as fridges, ovens, and dishwashers.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should overuse it.

Your kitchen design should have some nuance to it and that means using different materials from time time.


Installing Cupboards that Don’t Open Properly

The last thing that you want to happen is to proudly inspect your completed kitchen only to find that some cupboards won’t open properly as they have been installed too closely together.

Going back to the design phase of creating your kitchen, you need to imagine opening every single door and working out if they are going to come in contact with one another.

Instead of leaving this to guesswork, bring out the tape measure to work it out.


Lack of Electrical Outlets

Everything seems to plug into the wall these days, so you don’t want to find that your kitchen has a severe lack of electrical outlets.

This should be a problem that is solved easily enough, but everything comes back to ensuring that you get it right in the design phase.

One of the most important spots for an outlet is on the kitchen island.  

My family is constantly using these power outlets for laptops and charging a phone.

Also, it is great when you are using the island for preparing food when using your mixer  or food processor.

Not Enough Lighting Varieties

The final point that we are going to discuss and one that is very important to me, is not having enough types of lighting.

You should have three main varieties; overhead, spot and accent.

Overhead is for general illumination.

A spot is for shedding some light on specific tasks.

An accent is to draw attention to the more impressive design features of the space.

Miss out the latter two and your kitchen will end up feeling a little sterile and uninviting.

Click here to find out how I decided on lighting for our farmhouse.


Let’s recap these kitchen tips

  • Plan every detail
  • Less is best with open shelving
  • Cabinets that work together
  • Outlets
  • Easy on the stainless steel
  • Lighting variety 

I hope these tips help you with your kitchen planning in your new build or kitchen renovations. 

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  1. April 2, 2018 / 3:50 am

    I’ll look for these mistakes when choosing for next house. Thanks

    • BonBon
      May 12, 2018 / 4:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Michael

  2. February 7, 2019 / 7:04 am

    I’ll definitely take cares about in the future whenever I’ll buy or build a house.

    thanks for sharing such a nice post.

    • BonBon
      February 7, 2019 / 9:23 pm

      Hi Thank you for stopping by.

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