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Mistakes to Avoid When Designing a Kitchen

The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. It’s where we cook, eat and spend time with our family and friends. As such, it’s important to get the design of your kitchen right.

Unfortunately, many homeowners make common mistakes that can negatively impact the functionality and aesthetics of their kitchen. In this blog post, we will discuss five common kitchen design mistakes to avoid, so you can create a functional, stylish, and comfortable kitchen you will love for years to come.



One of the critical mistakes you could make when designing a kitchen is to ignore the workflow, also known as the kitchen work triangle. The work triangle concept centres around the three main work areas: the sink, the stove, and the fridge. These should be placed in a triangle layout to ensure efficient movement and task completion.

Ignoring this workflow can lead to a disjointed and frustrating cooking experience. For example, placing the sink and fridge too far apart could mean lugging heavy pots of water across the room, or constantly traversing a large distance to access ingredients. Similarly, if the stove is isolated from the countertop or cutting area, it could make the process of transferring ingredients cumbersome.



In the realm of kitchen design, one of the primary pitfalls involves either the overestimation or underestimation of the kitchen storage requirements. Too little storage can lead to clutter, with countertops becoming overwhelmed by utensils, appliances, dishes, and food items that have no designated space. This not only hinders the visual appeal of the kitchen but can also impede functionality, making cooking and meal preparation more challenging.

Conversely, an overabundance of kitchen storage may unnecessarily consume space, resulting in a kitchen that feels cramped and uninviting. Excessive cabinetry can obstruct the flow of light and air, causing the space to appear smaller than it is.



Poor lighting is a critical mistake to avoid when designing a kitchen. An incorrectly lit kitchen can dramatically impact functionality and aesthetics. Firstly, insufficient lighting can create an environment that is not just unwelcoming, but also hazardous. Kitchens are the hotspots for sharp knives, hot surfaces, and potentially slippery floors – places where accidents can occur easily under dim conditions.

Moreover, poor positioning of light sources can lead to unwelcome shadows, particularly on worktops where you chop food or read recipes. Ignoring task lighting, which provides direct light in areas where it’s needed most, like over the hob or sink, can lead to eye strain and inefficient work.



Not carefully considering the kitchen appliances is a common mistake that one can make when designing a kitchen. The selection of appliances should be made not merely based on aesthetics or the latest trends but on their functionality, durability, and cooking habits. Opting for kitchen appliances without considering their long-term performance can result in a kitchen that’s inefficient and inconvenient to use.

For example, selecting a refrigerator that’s too small for your household’s needs can lead to a lack of storage space, meaning you’ll need to shop more frequently. Alternatively, a fridge that’s too big may consume unnecessary energy and take up valuable kitchen space. Similarly, an oversized oven may seem like a great idea for the enthusiastic home cook, but if it’s rarely used, it’s a waste of space and energy.



When designing a kitchen, we often focus on the big-ticket items: the appliances, cabinets, countertops, and flooring. But it’s the small details that truly determine how well the space functions and how much you enjoy spending time in it.

Consider the humble drawer pull or cabinet handle. The right choice can make all the difference in a design, bringing together disparate elements into a cohesive whole. Likewise, the wrong choice can disrupt the aesthetic and make the space feel disjointed.

Even the layout of your kitchen can be significantly affected by small details. The placement of appliances and counters can either streamline your cooking process or make it frustratingly inefficient. When it comes to kitchen design, never underestimate the power of small details. They’re the secret ingredients that make a kitchen not just look good, but also work well.


If you are looking for high-quality kitchen design in Nuneaton or the surrounding areas, Exclusive Kitchens can help. Please contact us via phone on 02477366366 or by email at

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