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Common Mistakes People Make When Renovating Their Kitchen

You want your kitchen to serve your needs since it’s one of the most utilized rooms in the house. If that isn’t the case, maybe a kitchen remodel is in order. The cost of remodeling a kitchen might be substantial. Still, it’s an investment that can pay off for years and perhaps raise your home’s resale value, assuming you can avoid these common mistakes people make when renovating their kitchen.

Forgetting To Take Inventory

You may better anticipate the results of your kitchen redesign if you first thoroughly inventory the space as it now stands. Which home appliances do you use the most often? How can you make better use of the space in your current layout?

The more detailed your inventory is, the more efficient your remodeling project will become. An inventory will prevent you from making frivolous additions that aren’t necessary while improving the aesthetics of one of your home’s most critical rooms.

Exceeding Your Budget

Now that you have thoroughly surveyed your kitchen, the next move is to construct a realistic and attainable budget. As much as everyone would like to build a kitchen that could appear on MTV’s Cribs, no one should overextend their financial means to make it a reality.

Prioritize what you want most in your kitchen, such as extra storage space, a kitchen island, a dedicated pantry, or more lights. Keep checking your budget to make sure you’re on track with each home improvement project you take on.

Creating a Bad Lighting Scheme

When renovating your kitchen, don’t forget to consider the lighting. Kitchens are multifunctional rooms requiring fantastic lighting to aid you with cooking, cutting, and any other tasks you partake in. Using three layers of lighting—ambient, task, and decorative—keeps your kitchen stylish and sharp without losing functionality.

Ambient lighting is common in homes because it provides a comfortable, all-encompassing glow. When you need to concentrate on a particular task, such as cooking or dining, task lighting will shine brightly on that area alone. You may install task lighting in your kitchen by hanging a chandelier or pendant lights above a work area.

Lastly, incorporating ornamental lighting into your kitchen remodel is a great way to express your style. This lighting is perfect for drawing attention to certain kitchen areas, such as artwork, architectural details, plants, etc.

Not Capitalizing on Storage

Ensuring you have enough cabinets and drawers to store your kitchenware and appliances is essential to any kitchen redesign. From baking utensils to cutting boards, consider everything you’ll need to store away in your kitchen drawers and cabinets. Rather than going all out on kitchen cabinets and dealing with the hassle of constructing them, you’re better off opting for ready-to-assemble cabinets for your kitchen renovation.

Having No Flow

Now is the time to rearrange your appliances to establish a more sensible routine. It seems odd to have a refrigerator in one spot and a sink clear across the room. Arrange your kitchen appliances to maintain a fluid and practical layout.

Avoiding these common mistakes people make when renovating their kitchen will save you money from fixing your errors and the frequent headaches they could bring. Hopefully, when the project is over, you can look at your kitchen and see your vision come to life.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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