Common Kitchen and Bathroom Design Mistakes to Avoid

A minimalist kitchen with light coming in through the windows.

Many things can go wrong during and after the planning process of a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Whether designing these spaces for a new home or redoing your old ones, it’s important to avoid common design mistakes that can lead to bigger problems in the future.

Not Enough Counter Space

One of the first things to think about when designing a bathroom or kitchen is how much counter space you will need for it to be effective. Many times this isn’t taken into consideration, and your once beautifully kept space can easily become cluttered. In a bathroom, counter space is needed for toiletries. In a kitchen, you’ll need room for all of your small appliances and storage containers, as well as food prep and serving.

No Ventilation

A ceiling vent being installed.

One of the biggest mistakes people make when designing a kitchen or bathroom is that they don’t plan for proper air flow. Both bathrooms and kitchens are better with vents, fans, or windows to move air around properly. This prevents moisture, smoke, and strong smells from sticking around in the space too long. Without ventilation, a kitchen or bathroom can get stuffy fairly quickly. Moisture and heat from cooking and showering can also take their toll on walls and ceilings if there’s not enough airflow.

Not Enough Storage Space

Have you ever lived or stayed somewhere that didn’t have enough cabinets and storage space in the kitchen or bathroom? How annoying was that!? Space can look great, but without adequate storage areas, it can easily become a cluttered mess. Nobody wants to stack and shove all of their belongings into just a few cabinets or drawers. Plan adequate storage space for maximum space usage.

Bad Lighting

A row of hanging pendants with lit bulbs.

When lighting isn’t taken into consideration in the design of a bathroom or kitchen, it becomes easy to get left in the dark. In an enclosed space it’s super important to think about where your light source will come from and if you need more than one. Doors, décor, and even where you’re standing can block lighting from reaching the places you need it to go. Make sure to plan adequate lighting for multiple situations in your new space.

No Clearance for Doors and Drawers

Every kitchen and bathroom has multiple doors that open and close, but many times the space for them isn’t considered when designing a room. Doors and drawers need room to open and close, which means the space surrounding them has to be planned so there’s enough clearance for the doors. This way, they won’t hit walls or other doors.

Not Enough Outlets

An electrical outlet being installed in a wall.

Without electrical outlets to plug all your electronics into, a kitchen or bathroom becomes a much less effective space. Many times, outlets aren’t planned ahead of time, and homeowners are left with a shortage of outlets in these spaces. Nobody wants to see a power outlet strip in a kitchen or bathroom—not to mention it would be unsafe because of exposure to moisture.

Too Trendy

Fads come and go when it comes to decorative styles, just as with any other form of fashion. The trick is not to be too trendy and in-style when designing a space. It’s more important to create a design that’s flexible and easy to update as styles change. Rather than designing a space with all of the newest, in-fashion things such as sharp angles and stainless steel, try to choose colors and designs that are more classic and will look just as good in a few years. In the case that you decide to sell your home or change the style a bit, it’s important to have a malleable kitchen and bathroom.

No Professional Opinion

Make sure to use the help of a professional when designing a new kitchen or bathroom space. They will know these and other tips for creating an effective and amazing room. Without a pair of expert eyes to help you from time to time, mistakes that could have been simply avoided can pop up after your project is already underway, causing bigger mishaps that can cost you both time and money.