Kitchen Design Trends to AvoidVolkan Agbas
We’ve already talked about common kitchen design mistakes. There are tons of fun kitchen trends that look amazing when they’re first completed, but cause a host of problems later. If you are a fan of frequent redesigns and redecorating, having trendy elements in your kitchen is a great way to give a fresh look to your room. But if that’s not your cup of tea, here are some kitchen design trends to avoid.
Having large pot racks hanging from the ceiling may feel like you’re giving off vibes that say, “I’m a master chef,” but it also is a great way to make your kitchen feel small or cluttered.
If you have a few specialty pans hanging on the wall, it’s a little easier on the eyes. But while hanging your pots from the wall or ceiling may free up some cabinet space, it also creates a lot of darkness and clutter.
The idea behind nixing this trend is also about reducing clutter. While 90% of your kitchenware may be matching or artisan-made, there will always be pieces that don’t quite fit with the rest of your inventory. Also, it is a lot more work to keep open cabinets (and everything you store in them) clean. The kitchen is the place where you know messy accidents and spills are going to happen, so why make extra work for yourself by not storing things away properly?
Conversely, if you wanted to keep a single shelf or cabinet with that open look, to showcase a family dinnerware or fine china set, you could do that instead of creating a full open-shelf kitchen.
Some things are just universally true: you never put carpet in your bathroom, you don’t sacrifice function for form, and you don’t use all-white in your kitchen. This is true for many of the same reasons we talked about in the open shelving section.
Monochrome looks, especially in white, can also take away from the dimension of the space and make things seem flat. You can add texture by even just putting some gray or colored accents in the paint scheme.
Soffits are boxy structures that are typically part of your ceiling where pipes, wiring, and other essential items are hidden. These are utilized a lot in rooms with can lights. While the purpose is to make the room look less cluttered, those soffits are also probably disrupting the openness of your kitchen. They are often a little awkward looking and take up areas that could be used as perfect out-of-the-way cabinet space.
More and more people are taking advantage of cabinets that start at the ceiling. You don’t lose counter space or height, and you can store those bulky, rarely-used-but-still-important kitchen pieces up and out of your way and harm’s way. When you decide to start remodeling your kitchen, you should always talk to your designer and see if it’s possible to ditch those soffits for good.
Here’s another addition to the kitchen design trends you should avoid list. Cute, DIY backsplashes have recently been presented as a great “quick and easy” way to spice up your kitchen. You can definitely create a different look for not a lot of money by heading to the nearest hardware or home goods store and buying the sticky tiles and making your own backsplash.
But the problem with these small backsplashes is that by doing this, you are defeating the purpose of a good backsplash while also making it easier to ruin your kitchen’s paint job. We’ve all been spending more time at home and in our own kitchens lately, and no one wants to have more cleaning or upkeep to deal with.
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