When it comes to kitchen decor the first thing to remember is that a kitchen should be a space to enjoy, after all it is known as the heart of the home. When investing in a new kitchen, homeowners will want to love it for years to come. Make sure to spend enough time understanding your needs in this space rather than just the aesthetic with these expert tips and trends to avoid.
A kitchen that favors style over substance
Many love spotting trends on Pinterest and Instagram, but while social media has become a democratic platform for design where people can all put their two cents on style, it can be tricky to navigate those gorgeous grid posts, stories, and reels without getting sensory overload .
Incorporating too many kitchen trends can overwhelm the space, and be counterproductive to cooking, cleaning, and prep needs.
Be real about the size of your space and your own family’s requirements as most influential figures have idyllic setups, not to mention professional help, like a cleaner, nanny, or in-house chef.
William Durrant, owner of Herringbone Kitchens said: “One of the worst things you can do when designing a kitchen is focusing solely on what it will look like rather than taking into consideration your lifestyle and functionality of the space.
“But you will come to resent it once you start to find problems in how you work in it.
“Consider things like workflow, is the sink a little too far away from your kitchen bin? Is there enough counter space and kitchen storage? Have I chosen a kitchen work material that will stain easily and does this suit my lifestyle? Is there enough ventilation?
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William said: “A sure-fire way to make your kitchen feel smaller and claustrophobic is by having too many wall units; especially if you have a smaller kitchen.
“If you don’t have a larger space or taller ceilings, focus more on the bottom units and make sure to add a variety as too many cupboards can sometimes look busy.
“Mix up cupboards and drawers depending on your lifestyle and storage preference, it’ll make a world of a difference to the overall look of your kitchen.”
Rather than discouraging uniform units completely, fans of them can always opt for a subtle variation.
A skirting board over the kitchen sink
While skirting will play a role in protecting kitchen walls from getting knocked and scuffed, Britons could do themselves some harm if they put this fixture in the wrong place.
This is especially the case for those who prefer to hand wash crockery, or don’t own a dishwasher.
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William explained: “Something we advise against is skirting boards under the kitchen sink units.
“Simply because you will end up kicking them. Keep the skirting around kitchen pantry areas, freestanding units, and taller units.”
Getting the light right is so important in a cooking space. If a kitchen also spills out into a dining area, or guests enjoy sitting on while watching food being made, bad lighting can ruin the ambiance.
As well as positioning, consider the warmth of lit areas, and how this will make a home feel.
Low-level yellow bulbs are an easy way to create an intimate atmosphere ideal for date night.
The kitchen expert said: “Lighting is so important when it comes to any space and variation is key.
“Too many or all spotlights may be a little too bright and solely under unit light strips or lamps won’t provide you with enough light to cook safely in.”
Kitchen islands with nothing hanging over them
Homeowners can add interest and drama with a tangible focal point to their kitchens this way.
In a smaller scheme, this will draw the eye upwards, and to the middle of the room so you’ll be less fixed on the corners of the room.
William said: “When it comes to ideas for kitchen islands, they generally work best with something hanging over them.
“When it comes to kitchen island lighting ideas, you could go for a selection of pendant lights (three always look best) or if you have lower ceilings, maybe an overhead kitchen shelf design to display cookbooks, plants, and styling pieces.”