The Most Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

Updated: Jun 29, 2018

Undoubtably the single biggest mistake in kitchen design is a lack of pre-planning.

It’s imperative that you take the time before contemplating the start of the design stage to list every item that you (a) need and (b) want to be included in your new kitchen.

Please see our recent blog post: Bespoke Kitchen Design for a list of the questions our designers ask our clients when they visit us for the first time.

Here are the top 5:

· How many people does the kitchen need to serve on a daily basis?

· What are your priorities for the kitchen: Cost, Functionality, Quality, Aesthetics?

· What is the time frame for completion?

· What type of cooking do you do?

· Do you need a storage room?

Thinking through everything meticulously means that you won’t miss any important elements. The planning stage of the design process is the key to achieving your dream kitchen.

The same rules apply when considering the kitchen appliances. As an example, if you want a wine cooler and strip lighting in your dream kitchen, you’ll need to ensure that you have enough electrical points. This often causes problems and can cost a lot of money to put right if discovered too far into the build.

Don’t forget to consider the shape and the colour combination of your new kitchen. These should also be considered very early on in the process. Gain an understanding of the key colours and finishes available to you for your new kitchen as early on as possible also. Right the way from the units, the walls, splash backs and down to the flooring.

Getting these stages right is the key to the entire kitchen looking just as you want it to look.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Here’s a list of the 7 most common mistakes. It's definitely worth making a note of these when it comes to the design your new kitchen:

  1. Wall units above the sink.

  2. Extractor hoods are too low.

  3. Not allowing for enough space around the kitchen island.

  4. Not allowing enough space behind the units for services.

  5. Putting a hob too near to tall units.

  6. Units placed too close together.

  7. Not considering the practicality of the materials used in the kitchen.