Top 7 Kitchen Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Renovating your kitchen can add a ton of value to your home, and we understand that it is an appealing undertaking for many. A whole kitchen renovation can bring a hefty price tag, so it's important to make sure you know exactly what you want. Many people, however, make decisions without doing the proper research or consulting a designer. If you are taking on a kitchen renovation for yourself, make sure you avoid these common mistakes in order to prevent a design disaster. 

 


1. Too Much Open Shelving

While open shelves look great in magazines, they’re not practical for daily living. Mismatched dishes and unorganized clutter don’t look great out in the open, not to mention the potential for dust and lack of storage.

 


2. Choosing the Wrong Countertop

Many homeowners love the look of a stone like marble but they may not realize the countertop is high-maintenance. Marble is porous and needs to be cleaned often. Another option is a quartz, which doesn’t stain as easily and is more durable.

 


3. Installing Low Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets that don’t reach the ceiling leave room for dust. It’s hard to tell how dirty the top of the cabinets is because they’re higher than your line of sight and easy to forget about when cleaning.

 


4. Placing a Dishwasher Far From the Sink

Planning the layout of your kitchen can save you a lot of headaches. It’s a hassle if the dishwasher is too far from the sink and may also mean a lot of wet floors when carrying dishes across the room.

 


5. Not Enough Light

It’s hard to cook in a kitchen that doesn’t have enough light. If you don’t have a window, be sure to install enough lighting. A common solution is to place lights under the cabinets.

 


6. Too Many Colors

Adding the occasional splash of color can brighten up a kitchen, but be wary of using too many or you’ll end up with a rainbow room. Use a rug, decorative bowl, or art to infuse color instead.

 


7. Quality Over Quantity

Similar to color, too many accessories in a kitchen can make it look cheap or cluttered. Use key pieces to give your space a little pop of color or texture to keep the room looking clean.