Do you love to spend time in your kitchen? It’s a place to relax at the end of a working day, a room for you to indulge your creativity, and make something that looks just as good as it tastes. It can be the perfect location to spend time with your children, helping them learn essential life skills.

When your kitchen looks exactly the way you want it to look, then you’ll enjoy it even more. It’s essential, however, that you don’t fall into these ten kitchen design traps.

Don’t Over Complicate Your Kitchen

There are so many gadgets available for kitchens now, all designed to make cooking and baking easier, quicker and more enjoyable. If you go for too many of these gadgets, then the exact opposite can be achieved. Clutter is bad in any room, but in a kitchen it not only looks bad, it can create a tripping hazard as well. Only choose gadgets that are truly essential to the way you like to work, and make sure that your kitchen is large enough to accommodate them.

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Lighting

Lighting should be one of the most important considerations for every room. It creates the ambience, and can be a highly decorative feature. The most important aspect of kitchen lighting, however, is luminosity. Kitchens have to be respected at all times, they contain hot and sharp items, so your lighting needs to be bright enough for you to see everything in perfect clarity. This doesn’t mean your kitchen lights have to be ugly or purely practical. There are lots of stylish lamps and wall lights that are ideal for a kitchen area, but make sure that you have enough of them.

Look After Your Kitchen Triangle

What’s the most important thing you’re thinking of when it comes to kitchen design? The appearance to guests?The visibility to and from the dining area? The most important thing you should be thinking about is your kitchen triangle. By this I mean the cooker, sink, and refrigerator. The access to these three vital areas should always be unobstructed. You don’t want to be wary of walking into the breakfast bar, every time you turn around from the refrigerator.

Don’t Cut Corners On Ventilation

The more you cook in your kitchen, the more odours are created. It can smell wonderful while you’re cooking, but if the odour is still lurking the next morning it can be less than welcome. Cheap extractor hoods may make sense when you’re trying to adhere to a tight budget, but you’ll have to live with the consequences of them for years to come. When you invest in a good quality ventilation system, you won’t have to worry about lingering odours, and your kitchen will be grease free and easy to clean.

Don’t Have Clashing Furniture

Is your kitchen area open plan, that opens out onto a dining area, or do you have seating arranged around a kitchen island? If so, then it’s important to choose high quality kitchen furniture that matches the surrounding walls and units. If you have a traditional style range, for example, then vintage wooden furniture can make a perfect accompaniment. You can find lots of great ideas online to help with your kitchen planning, from furnishing specialists like Uniche. Click here for some inspiration.

Have Enough Counter Space

Counter space is an essential element in any kitchen, but many people underestimate how much they’ll need. You’ll need work tops to prepare food on, to serve it on, and to arrange it on if you’re preparing a complicated dish. Once again, however, be careful of clutter, and don’t have counters that obstruct access to your three vital kitchen areas.

Organise Your Storage Space

Our cooking is becoming more sophisticated, but to create something that a master chef would be proud of, you’ll need lots of ingredients and lots of cooking utensils. This also means that you’ll need lots of storage space. Be disciplined with your storage space. Each area should be for a particular product, or type of product or foodstuff. If you mix different items up, you’ll find it much harder to get what you want when you want it.

Get Ready for Recycling

Climate change is affecting the way we live our lives, and we all have to do our bit to look after the environment. It’s also affecting legislation. It may be a matter of time before composting or recycling of kitchen waste becomes compulsory. Plan ahead, and have a recycling solution already in place. Compactors and compartmentalised refuse bins are an essential item for the future of kitchens.

Don’t Let Costs Spiral Out of Control

Things always seem to cost more than  you planned, but if you’re on a tight budget, it’s essential that you stick to it as closely as possible. One way to do this is by comparing prices, instead of buying the first thing you see. If you find an item you like on the street, check it against online prices by using your computer or smart phone before committing to buy.

Be Ready to Seek Professional Help

When you’ve designed your own kitchen, you’ll feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. Don’t be afraid, however, to seek professional help or approval before the work starts. Professional kitchen designers can see practical considerations that may not have occurred to you, and they can save you time, money, and frustration.