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Common kitchen renovation sins (we'll help you avoid)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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On the face of it, renovating a kitchen might sound like an easy task, however, if it was we wouldn't need the help of talented kitchen planners.

While you're concentrating on choosing cabinets and paint colours you like, there might be some key elements that you're overlooking. But, don't worry! We've pinpointed the top 10 mistakes to avoid and, we're not only going to tell you what they are, we're going to let you in on how to avoid them.

Before you start a new project in your kitchen, make sure you're not heading for disaster…

1. Mistake: Ignoring bad lighting

Poor lighting in any room is a pain. Poor kitchen lighting, however, makes it hard to do anything and can be extra problematic.

1. Solution: Install multiple lighting systems

These can include main ceiling lights, under-cabinet bulbs and task lighting. Funky colours are optional!

2. Mistake: Putting up with cramped spaces

You don't want to be squeezing through gaps with a pot of boiling water in your hand, do you?

2. Solution: Better planning

Plan the new area to include easy to use walkways and clear passages.

3. Mistake: Installing appliances without thinking about ergonomic layouts or practical use of space

Holywell Cottage :   by Haus12 Interiors
Haus12 Interiors

Holywell Cottage

Haus12 Interiors

These ovens have halved the worktop area!

3. Solution: Wall-mount what you can

A modern kitchen in rural location: modern Kitchen by Urban Myth
Urban Myth

A modern kitchen in rural location

Urban Myth

Appliances installed at eye-level for ease of use and uninterrupted countertops.

4. Mistake: Using too much colour and pattern

  by INNER TREE
INNER TREE

Cozinha | Antes

INNER TREE

There's no simpler way to shrink a space than by overcrowding it with decorating styles.

4. Solution: Choose timeless décor

A simple and chic installation will never date and you can add funky touches elsewhere, such as with tea towels and other accessories.

5. Mistake: Not installing an island

If you need to eat in your kitchen, but it's not enormous, why waste space with a dining table when an island would work?

5. Solution: Install a multifunctional island

Broadhinton Road: modern Kitchen by Will Eckersley
Will Eckersley

Broadhinton Road

Will Eckersley

Add stools to create a dining spot, whilst also making the surface an extra slice of countertop.

6. Mistake: Choosing non-durable countertops

Kitchens need to be easy to keep clean and able to withstand heavy use, so soft wood worktops and other impractical choices are a no!

6. Solution: There are countless worktop materials to choose from to suit all budgets

Opt for the most hardwearing material you can afford and you shouldn't need to replace it.

7. Mistake: Having usable surfaces too far away from appliances

Country House in Tenterden: country Kitchen by Bandon Interior Design
Bandon Interior Design

Country House in Tenterden

Bandon Interior Design

You know it's just not practical!

7. Solution: Having usable worktop adjacent to both your cooker and sink

This will minimise spills and accidents.

8. Mistake: Not having enough storage

Don't simply install whatever will fit in your kitchen! Think about what you have the most of and go from there.

8. Solution: Get creative with your kitchenalia

Provence Villa in İstanbul: country Kitchen by Orkun İndere Interiors
Orkun İndere Interiors

Provence Villa in İstanbul

Orkun İndere Interiors

If you can, display some of it from hanging hooks and reserve the cupboards for more delicate items.

9. Mistake: Keeping an old-fashioned floor

Before (interior):   by Haus12 Interiors
Haus12 Interiors

Before (interior)

Haus12 Interiors

You might think you're saving money, however, you're ensuring your kitchen looks tatty and uncared for.

9. Solution: Install a new, durable floor

The Kitchen : modern Kitchen by Zodiac Design
Zodiac Design

The Kitchen

Zodiac Design

While all your old cabinets are out, take the time to install a new. It will be an investment that finishes your new design off to perfection.

10. Mistake: Making your fridge a message centre

A family home needs a better way to communicate than notes on the fridge. Plus, it looks messy!

10. Solution: Make you walls interactive

Blackboard: modern Kitchen by Pixers
Pixers

Blackboard

Pixers

Blackboard walls are so popular right now and we understand why. What a great way to pass on important information!

For more kitchen inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 40 Great Ideas To Plan A Small Kitchen.

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