3 Kitchen Design Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

Chicago Home + Garden shared this list from kitchen designer Scott Dresner of common mistakes homeowners make when looking to renovate or redesign their culinary spaces. Dresner, who's been designing kitchens for almost 30 years, shares some fabulous insights and insider tips gathered over decades of experience. Below we're sharing our favorite takeaways -- some so genius we're bewildered we never thought of them ourselves. 3 Kitchen Design Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid 1. Not All Stainless Steel Is Created Equal Sure, we know that our sink, refrigerator, and stove should be roughly placed in the triangle of efficiency, but Dresner also recommends making sure other appliances are spaced some distance apart. Stainless steel and other finishes can vary between manufacturers and having your dishwasher next to your microwave or your stove adjacent to your fridge can amplify the color and finish difference between brands. Break things up with cabinetry -- even if it's a single drawer and door. 3 Kitchen Design Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid 2. A Variety of Cabinet Sizes Can Equal a Big Ol' Mess If possible, your cabinets should all be a uniform width for visual continuity and harmony within the space. "Some American designers put a 12-inch cabinet next to a 30-inch cabinet when there are no other 12-inch cabinets [on the same wall]," Dresner shares. "Europeans design cabinets to be the same proportion, [which] looks best." 3 Kitchen Design Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid 3. Appliances First, Cabinets and Counters Second Don't jump the gun when renovating and install your new cabinetry before selecting and ordering your appliances. Particular models, as well as where you will place them, should dictate the layout of the space. Installing cabinets and counters before solidifying your appliance selection will limit your options and keep you locked into a plan too early. Mid-way through renovating, did you decide you'd like to incorporate an under-counter wine fridge? Sorry, there's nowhere to put it. Read the rest of Dresner's renovation-ready tips at Chicago Home + Garden. Photos: 1. Tom Scheerer photographed by Francesco Lagnese 2. 3. Justin Coit