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6 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Kitchen

It is important that your kitchen reflects your personal style, however, you may be overlooking some things that can completely throw off the vibe of your kitchen. Professional interior designers identified some of the most common kitchen design mistakes people make when renovating their cooking space. The good news is that most of these mistakes can be easily avoided with proper planning, so don’t panic!


Avoid these mistakes to be one step closer to your dream kitchen
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A Poorly Planned Layout

A strategic layout is crucial for a functional and good looking kitchen. The placement of kitchen cabinets and appliances must suit all your cooking and cleaning needs. Don’t forget about the realities of your routines and think about your household’s personal needs.


When designing or renovating a kitchen, we always advise to map out the space on a piece of paper. See our kitchen measuring guide for more tips.

Neglecting the Small Details

There is truth in the statement that beauty is in the details. You can add wallpapers or even hang art pieces to make your kitchen stand out. Put some houseplants that will thrive in any kitchen, like Aloe Vera or English Ivy. This is a perfect opportunity to get creative!


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Choosing Colorful Kitchen Cabinets


Kitchen cabinets are usually the most expensive part of your kitchen, so it’s always smart to go with a versatile and durable design. White kitchen cabinets provide you with a perfect canvas to design your kitchen in any style. Nelson Cabinetry offers a great selection of white kitchen cabinets that may be just perfect for you.


There are so many design options with white kitchen cabinets
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If you opt for an all-white kitchen, make sure to combine different shades and textures of white. Whether it be in the countertop, backsplash, or decor – it simply adds more depth to the space.

Not Designing for Your Height

If you’re constantly tiptoeing when reaching for something in the upper cabinets, your kitchen design might not be adequate for you. When remodeling your kitchen, make sure that the upper cabinets are perfect for your height. Another good way to fix this issue is to use open shelves instead of upper cabinets.

Lacking Space for Your Pans and Pots

Nothing ruins the look and functionality of a kitchen more than the cluttering. Cluttering often happens when we don’t have enough space for everything, especially large pans and pots. If you’re remodeling your kitchen or starting from scratch, consider incorporating more cabinets into your design.

Not Having a Statement Lighting

Having too much recessed lighting in your kitchen is a common mistake. You need ambient lighting for the entire kitchen. Don’t shy away from large, statement lighting as it can make your kitchen look elegant and expensive. You can find statement lighting in so many shapes and sizes that will definitely fit anyone’s personal style.




A poorly planned layout can lead to a dysfunctional or aesthetically unpleasing kitchen. Consider opting for white kitchen cabinets as the colorful ones can be more expensive to replace. Not adding any decorations to your kitchen is a missed opportunity as well as not having a large, statement lighting. When designing your kitchen, make sure the upper cabinets are fitting for your height. Stay tuned because we have more kitchen design tips coming your way soon!

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Evan Nelson is a skilled content writer with over 5 years of experience specializing in kitchen and bath design. His expertise in the field and ability to convey complex ideas in an accessible way have made his articles a valuable resource for homeowners and design enthusiasts alike. Evan's insights have been featured in top publications like Homes & Gardens, Family Handyman, and Real Homes. He focuses on providing practical advice, innovative ideas, and detailed guides to help readers make informed decisions about their kitchen spaces. With a passion for creating content that educates and inspires, Evan's writing helps transform kitchen dreams into reality.

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