Make it a social, functional sanctuary for preparing food and catching up with friends and family.
Mistake #1: Door-less cupboards
No matter how good it may look in magazines, not having doors on cupboards is generally a bad idea – unless you’re a total neat freak/professional stylist (even then, tough gig). Doors on cupboards hide clutter and questionable items, from ancient food processor parts to ugly but sentimental mugs you can’t part with.
Mistake #2: Not designating an area for the rubbish
The best place is usually underneath the sink – it needs to be easy to access, but also out of the way and enclosed so any smells are contained.
Mistake #3: Not factoring in ventilation
Salmon is a great, healthy dinner – but waking up to a lingering fishy aroma the next morning isn’t so nice. Have some windows or doors nearby that you can open to freshen the space after cooking and invest in a range hood.
Mistake #4: Forgetting the ‘work triangle’ rule
The gospel according to kitchen design: The sink, stove and fridge need to be positioned in a triangle for easy access, as they’re the most frequently used parts of the kitchen.
Mistake #5: Inadequate lighting
Good lighting is fundamental to food and chef safety. You need to be able to see what you’re doing in potentially dangerous spots, like over the stove where things are boiling, over the bench where you’re chopping and over the sink in case you drop a glass.
Mistake #6: Form over function
A common kitchen design mistake is prioritising style and trends over functionality. Find the middle ground – is an unsealed white marble bench really worthwhile, given that a spilled glass of red wine will stain it forever?