Kitchen remodeling can be both exciting and stressful. The kitchen is without doubt the most important room of any home, so design mistakes should be avoided at all costs. There are different ways to go about remodeling a kitchen. From simply upgrading countertops and resurfacing kitchen cabinets to a full tear down and starting anew with everything. On average, the cost of remodeling a high-end kitchen will set you back $50,000 or more with a full tear down.
Because a kitchen remodeling project is a substantial financial investment, choosing a style for a kitchen that will stay “current” for many years is a must. Below are examples of design elements you should avoid when remodeling your kitchen.
Nooks and niches
Times have changed. Built-in nooks for land line telephones / answering machines, desks and appliances are a thing of the past. Mobile phones are quickly replacing land line phones, kitchen islands are used as desks, and attractive appliances are showcased on countertops or stored in modern pull-out drawers. Your kitchen remodeling project should include practical elements such as a charging station for modern electronics and large drawers where essentials can be stored (like pens and notepads).
Large appliance cabinets
Large cabinets to store all appliances were trendy two decades ago. Spacious kitchens with extra countertop space on which to store most often used appliances is now the way to go. Pull-out drawers are a great hideaways for blenders, mixers and other less-often used appliances. Modern kitchen designs are all about making better use of the available space, something you should keep in mind with your kitchen remodeling project.
Ceramic farmhouse sinks
Apron-front farm house kitchen sink have been popular for a few years. When it comes to kitchen sinks, staying with the neutral basic is the best option. Undermount stainless steel sinks have been around for quite a while now and there is no sign of them going anytime soon. They are a better choice for your kitchen remodeling project if your goal is to have a kitchen that stays “current” for many years.
Low rise backsplash
Low rise backsplashes are becoming extinct. Backsplash used to be 4 to 6 inches high. Homeowners now want modern glass, tile and metallic backsplash that go up from the top of the countertop to the kitchen cabinets’ bottom. Backsplashes are now a style and design element in kitchens.
Microwaves on kitchen countertops
Modern kitchens are now equipped with under-counter microwave drawers that are easily accessible for the whole family. Microwaves are still found atop kitchen countertops and in upper cabinet built-in niche, but under-counter microwaves drawers are now the way to go with kitchen and it is likely not a trend that will pass anytime soon. They save space and are ergonomically pleasing and should be considered as part of any kitchen remodeling project.
However practical they seemed three decades ago, trash compactors are a thing of the past. They take up much needed space in the kitchen, smell bad when full of garbage, break down and are simply a pain to take care of.
Pock racks used to showcase and suspend top of the line stainless steel and cooper skillets and pots are becoming less popular. First they take away from the open space concept of a kitchen by obstructing the view and second, they are a magnet for dust and grease in the kitchen. Homeowners now preferred storing their pots and pans in deep drawers that pull out and are easy accessible.
Vibrant color appliances
Appliances have become very colorful over the years. From bright cheerful colors to vintage colors, there is an abundance of options. However colors quickly get out of fashion and a better choice is to go with stainless steel. It’s a classic that is to stay for a long time.
Are you planning to remodel your kitchen? If you are, visit the Complete Kitchen and Bath Design Studio today. We specialize in kitchen remodeling and would love to hear about your project.