5 Kitchen Renovation Errors to Avoid in 2022
Planning a kitchen renovation in 2022? The start of the year is a great time to start putting together your wishlist and browsing websites and magazines for inspiration.
But when it comes to kitchen renovations, planning really is everything – as one of the most used spaces in your home, a poorly thought-out kitchen will bring you headaches for years to come.
Here are five of the most common kitchen renovation errors to avoid in 2022.
1. Trying to incorporate too many trends
While kitchen trends can be a great source of inspiration for your renovation, the best kitchens are those that pick one or two trends and nail the execution.
If everything in your kitchen design has been sourced from the latest trends, you may find that your kitchen lacks an overall sense of cohesion. Plus, it’s likely to date a lot faster if everything is ‘on-trend,’ which might also impact resale value if you decide to sell down the track.
Things like colour palettes and door hardware are easy to update over time to keep your kitchen feeling modern, but bigger ticket items will be harder to change down the track.
2. Not considering your layout
Another common mistake homeowners make in a kitchen renovation is failing to consider how they actually use the space in their daily lives.
While a kitchen in a magazine or on the internet may look like your dream space, in reality it may have a completely different layout to the one that works best for how you use your kitchen.
Visit a kitchen showroom where possible to walk through different designs, imagine your cooking or entertaining routine, and see what the best layout for elements like appliances and the sink will be.
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3. Forgetting about lighting
Lighting plays an integral role in your kitchen, but it’s often overlooked when planning a kitchen renovation.
While it may look one way during the day, the look and feel of your kitchen can completely change in the evening or in the winter months when there’s no natural light in the space.
Pendant lighting can be a great way to spotlight the workstation on your island bench, while also being a decor feature in itself. Under-cabinet task lighting can also help to brighten up areas beneath your cupboards.
Make sure to choose a warm-toned lighting scheme to keep your kitchen feeling warm and welcoming; or opt for smart lighting for precise control of brightness and temperature.
4. Designing for the short term
Just like incorporating too many trends can date your space, making your kitchen renovation too personal can potentially affect your prospects if selling is on the horizon.
While it’s true that potential buyers might not love a crazy colour scheme or unique feature, that doesn’t mean that your kitchen has to be boring.
Just be sure to take into account how easy and cost-effective it would be to make your space more appealing if you did decide to sell your home. It’s a lot easier to paint over a wall than it is to replace cabinetry or a splashback!
5. Thinking of your kitchen in isolation
Lastly, while updating your kitchen to something more modern is exciting, it can also be jarring if it doesn’t match the style of the rest of your home.
Consider how elements like colour and texture are used in other areas of the house, and incorporate references to these in your kitchen renovation for a cohesive style.