Common Kitchen Decoration Mistakes (And How to Fix Them)
If you’re not happy with your kitchen, it’s easy to point the finger at the design – however in many cases, it’s a combination of smaller decorating factors contributing to the bigger issue.
Fixing these common decoration mistakes could be the key to unlocking a brand new feel in your tired kitchen. Sometimes transformation can be achieved with a few impactful changes, rather than a full-scale renovation.
Here are the decor mistakes to be on the lookout for in your own kitchen – and how to reverse them to uncover a kitchen you’ll love to spend time in.
Mistake #1 – Not keeping your kitchen consistent with the rest of the house
While there’s definitely freedom to create a unique style in your kitchen, it will stick out – and not in a good way – if it’s distinctly different from other spaces in the house.
Following the lead of your home’s architecture and style, use key elements to tie in your kitchen with the theme of the house. Using similar door hardware, emulating a colour palette or updating your cabinetry are small tweaks you can make to instantly make your home more cohesive.
Mistake #2 – Not decorating at all
Perhaps the mistake you didn’t see coming – but as a space you spend a lot of time in, the decorating aspect of your kitchen can quickly fall victim to the need for functionality.
The two should co-exist to create a space that feels good to be in, and is easy to use. Putting a cookbook out on a display stand, updating your benchtop appliances with a statement colour or finish, introducing artwork or even just a small vase of flowers can go a long way towards giving your kitchen some character and personality.
Mistake #3 – Not considering lighting
While your kitchen may look great in natural light, it’s important to consider all the uses of your kitchen – which involves multiple lighting sources, to ensure you’re getting the most out of the space at every time of day.
Consider each preparation space and whether there’s ample lighting for it to serve its function. Support overhead lighting with pendants over your island, and conceal strip lighting underneath your upper cabinetry to add extra lighting where you need it most.
Mistake #4 – Choosing form over function
Those open shelves may have seemed like a great idea at the time, but if you haven’t got ample storage elsewhere, chances are your under bench cabinets are working overtime to fit everything else.
Appliance placement is another big one that often lures homeowners into a layout that simply doesn’t reflect how they use their kitchen. The golden triangle is a little known gem that translates well into functional design.
Think about your biggest frustrations with your space as it is – and make room to address them. Identify new areas for storage, switch out shelving for cabinetry, or consider a renovation if your space is no longer working for you.
If the issues with your kitchen are more than skin deep, the experts at Apollo Kitchens can help you reimagine your space to create a kitchen that reflects your lifestyle. To get in touch with us, simply fill out our online contact form.