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  • 10 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

10 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

Monday, December 10, 2018

Sidestep these common mistakes and design your dream kitchen.

Designing or renovating your kitchen is a big project. While creating the kitchen of your dreams, you have to ensure that the layout is right, the space is organised, and it looks great.

Avoid these common kitchen design mistakes and get closer to the kitchen you have always wanted.
Don’t underestimate the importance of countertop space.

Inadequate counter space is one of the biggest complaints when it comes to kitchen design. In bigger homes, adding a breakfast bar or kitchen island can give you the additional counter space you need. For smaller homes, factor in adequate workspace and place to keep appliances while designing.

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Don’t waste potential storage spaces.

Kitchens are chockful of pots, pans, cutlery and appliances. If you want your kitchen to be organised and clutter-free, you will need lots of storage space. While designing, ensure that you are using every part of your kitchen optimally. Install cabinets over your refrigerator, make use of Sleek’s Magic Corner drawers in your Sleek kitchen, and create under-sink storage. 

Ensure you have enough space for a kitchen island.

Kitchen islands are classy and utilitarian. However, it needs a bigger room, so pick one only if your kitchen is at least 12ft x 8ft. Make sure you install one that fits in with your kitchen and allows you to move freely around it. 

Don’t forget to factor in the work triangle.

The stove, refrigerator and sink form the work triangle. For improved flow of traffic, ensure that these three spots have unobstructed access in the layout. 

Invest in an effective ventilation system.

No one likes a kitchen that smells of stale food or has noxious odours. In the absence of cross-ventilated windows, an effective ventilation system will help keep your kitchen clean and improve the quality of indoor air. 

Poor lighting just won’t do.

It is vital to include proper lighting in the kitchen not only from the ambience and design perspective, but also from the safety perspective. The kitchen is where you will be handling sharp knives and other tools. Assess the work areas and use suitable lighting options under cabinets.

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Make provision for recycling kitchen waste.

Dealing with trash in your kitchen has come a long way from just dumping all the waste into one bin. Nowadays, recycling has become more prevalent, and you need to separate your waste before you throw it in the bins. Incorporating SIGE pull-out waste bins or a European under-sink dustbin kit in your Sleek modular kitchen design ensures that you deal with waste efficiently. 

Don’t forget to install a backsplash.

Kitchen backsplashes protect your walls from splatters and spills. Imagine how easy it would be to clean grease from a tile or metal backsplash rather than your wallpaper. You can also use this element to add a touch of colour to your kitchen.

The devil is in the details – think about the smallest requirements.

People often pass on getting corner slide-out drawers or cutlery organisers because these additions seem like small details. These minute add-ons offer unique storage solutions and make your kitchen easy to use. 

Don’t try to do it alone.

Even if you love DIY projects, don’t turn your kitchen into one. Expert designers have the latest information and ideas at their fingertips, and they are trained to design a kitchen as per your needs. If you want a kitchen that fits your style and budget, get a kitchen design professional to fine-tune your proposed design.

If you are overhauling your kitchen completely, select your appliances before you start the kitchen design. This way, you can make sure that your modular kitchen fits perfectly around your appliances. 

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