Renovating or remodeling a kitchen is always an exciting time, but you have to be careful not to get so caught up in the thrill of the moment that you forget to account for some important design details along the way. Most people are aware that they need to keep track of the major details such as budget and space or layout capabilities, but as the old saying goes, “The devil is in the details.” Below are four not-so-obvious kitchen design deal breakers that you will want to keep in mind, so your dream kitchen doesn’t turn into a nightmare.
1. Not taking plumbing or electrical considerations into account can really throw a monkey wrench into your design plans. Certain plumbing or electrical lines may need to be altered or re-routed in order to accommodate your proposed design, which will add to the overall cost of the project, and delay its completion time as well. In addition, be sure that you’re not running afoul of any building codes, so you won’t have to incur any additional expenses.
2. Failing to account for adequate ventilation can really put a damper on the functionality of your kitchen. A range hood that’s ventilated to the outside will help reduce heat and odors in the kitchen, as well as keep you from cooking in a plume of smoke. Choosing a quality range hood will also remove many airborne pollutants and irritants, which improves indoor air quality. In addition, installing a range hood can help boost the resale value of your home.
3. Lighting plays a crucial role in the overall aesthetic appeal of your kitchen, but you have to make sure to choose lights that provide adequate illumination for the different tasks you’ll be performing. Fixtures such as pendant lights or recessed ceiling lights can cast significant shadows if there aren’t any other lights positioned in lower places to help provide additional visibility.
Make sure to account for undercabinet lighting to help brighten up workspaces and food preparation areas. In addition, keep in mind that fluorescent lighting can sometimes give your kitchen area a bluish tint, which can detract from the visual appeal of your food and slightly alter the overall color scheme of your kitchen. Try halogen lighting instead, as it does a better job of mimicking natural daylight.
4. Mix-and-match may be a good idea for fashion, but not for your kitchen appliances. For example, having a black range, a white microwave oven and a stainless steel refrigerator will give your kitchen a jumbled and disjointed look. Strive for visual harmony, not only with appliances, but also with the smaller details such as knobs, drawer pulls, faucets and other hardware.
One of the best ways to avoid many of these kitchen design pitfalls is to work with a skilled and experienced kitchen design coach. Your design coach will provide you with valuable insight to help you think through every aspect of the remodeling process, and will bring to your attention many of the design details that are quite easy to overlook. With the help of a trained professional, you stand a much better chance of saving time and money on your remodeling project, which will help you keep your sanity intact as well.