Mistakes to Avoid When You Design Your Own Kitchen

February 8, 2019 Leave your thoughts

It’s a point in life we all hope we live to see: the day we build our dream kitchen. Unfortunately, some of us get to that point and find, with significant disappointment, that the kitchen we end up with doesn’t live up to the kitchen we’d envisioned in our minds.

Here are the most common mistakes people make when designing their own kitchen.

Stainless steel everything

During our work in kitchen design in Littleton, CO, we’ve noticed that one of the most common mistakes people make—and later regret—when designing their kitchen is to choose stainless steel for everything. Stainless steel faucets, fridge, dishwasher, stove, oven vent, lighting, etc.—the result is like a 1950s idea of the future, or a funhouse.

When designing a kitchen, you want to mix textures. Some steel is fine, but it should be balanced with softer, more organic textures, like wood and tile. Your kitchen should be inviting and warm, not completely sterile.

Ditching cabinetry for shelving

If you’re designing your own kitchen in Littleton, CO, build something classic, something you’ll enjoy living with for years to come. A trend we’ve noticed is that a lot of people are ditching cabinetry for open shelving.

They almost always regret the choice. Not only do they give up a significant amount of storage space, but all of their bowls, pots and so on, because they’re on display at all times, tend to collect dust between uses. Even if someone on HGTV has sworn by it, don’t be sucked in. Good cabinetry is by far the most important element of a good kitchen.

Cramming too much into too small a space

This is a very common technical problem for do-it-yourselfers. They’ll unintentionally cram too much stuff into too small of a space and end up with doors and drawers that open into each other, or a refrigerator that sticks out past the counter.

This is why contractors say, “Measure twice, cut once.” Even if you’re doing it yourself, it can still help to have a kitchen design company behind the scenes offering advice.

Forgetting about updating the lighting

This is a very understandable mistake. Human beings live at the ground level. The cabinets, the refrigerator, the stove—we see all that stuff every day. The lighting, however, often blends into the background.

When updating your new kitchen, do not forget to update the lighting. You want to make sure your new prep areas are properly lit, and that your lighting solution matches the look and feel of your new kitchen design.

Forgetting a stove hood

Finally, if you truly want to enjoy everything your kitchen has to offer, don’t forget the stove hood. Have you ever tried cooking a nice steak in a skillet without a stove hood? Bet you had to disable the smoke alarm at some point, right? Installing a stove hood means you’ll never have this problem again.

Design your own kitchen in Littleton, CO

If it’s finally time for you to design your dream kitchen, we hope you won’t hesitate to call Harrison Custom Builders, LTD today. Our team of experts will work closely with you to customize each detail of your dream kitchen, and to get it installed hassle-free. Call today for a totally free consultation.

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