Here are four kitchen renovation mistakes you should be aware of so that you can avoid them when revamping your kitchen

Although the kitchen is often the first area in a home to undergo a renovation, overlooking specific details can drastically impact the finished project.

Industry experts from The Studio Collection – members of the African Institute for Interior Design Professions – have outlined some of the more common mistakes people make when planning to remodel the kitchen.

Mistake 1: Form over function

When building a kitchen there’s a natural inclination to discuss the ‘look’ first – glass or paint, wood or quartz? But, before you start plotting out the look of your kitchen, think deeply about how you use your kitchen.

Do you entertain? Do you cook yourself or does someone do it for you? Do you have young kids who might scribble on everything? Are you a particularly messy cook?

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These considerations are the most important starting points because they will ensure that your design is fundamentally practical and certain features are given priority. For example – the fact that you entertain might call for a double island. The fact that you’re a messy cook might call for sintered porcelain tops. The fact that you have young kids might call for high-quality laminate doors instead of painted ones.

Mistake 2: Settling

Finding a kitchen company or interior designer you trust is important for a number of reasons – the key one being how they specify their work.

Unfortunately, many local interior design professionals have a limited source of supply when it comes to finishes, and this often gets presented as ‘the best that’s out there’. Our advice is, don’t settle.

As a consumer, you need to ensure that you do your homework and understand what’s possible in terms of design and finishes so you aren’t beholden to the advice of designers with a limited source of supply. Empower yourself with this knowledge and you’ll feel a lot more at ease during the specification process.

Mistake 3: Taking a short-term view

You might change your car every few years, but most people live with a kitchen for the better part of their lives. With that in mind, it’s important to think about how the design you choose might age.

It’s not always possible to predict, but a kitchen designer worth his weight should have a good idea of design features that are trend driven versus ones that are more timeless.

We all want a certain element of trendiness in our homes, but ensure that you aren’t fitting your house with the kitchen equivalent of bell-bottoms – something you might come to regret in years to come!

Mistake 4: Skimping

Since most kitchens are for life, ensure that you are getting the best possible work you can afford.

Cutting corners on your design, or skimping on the materials or company you work with will only come back to haunt you in the years to come.

Peeling edging, discoloured materials and frustrating designs are the hallmark of skimping on a kitchen, and when it comes to the most-used room in your house, you should avoid this situation at all costs.

Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions, said visitors to this year’s Decorex Cape Town, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 1 to 5 May, will witness the best in kitchen styles first-hand.

“This year’s Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection will give visitors a chance to view some of the region’s most innovative designs in situ, while interacting with industry experts on the best kitchen solutions for their homes.”

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