Remodeling a kitchen is a huge investment for many families. Not only is it a very expensive undertaking, but having contractors and designers traipsing through your house for weeks on end it can be massively disruptive to your household. This is why it is so important to get your kitchen renovation right the first time.
Of course, not everyone has the ability to be completely detached and practical when selecting elements for the new kitchen. There is a lot of emotion involved because the kitchen is the heart of every home. There is going to be sentimentality and second-guessing along the way, but the trick is to not let these feelings take over and ruin an otherwise spectacular new kitchen.
Here are the five biggest mistakes you could make when planning out your kitchen remodeling project.
Start Buying Before You Have a Plan
Making the commitment to renovate the kitchen can be very exciting, and as a result, is not uncommon to feel the urge to make some impulse buys before you have thoroughly thought through your plan. Jumping at the chance to buy a gorgeous copper faucet that you found on sale might limit you in your color or texture choices for the rest of the entire kitchen.
The same goes with any element of your kitchen. Flooring, countertops, cabinet hardware – ideally these will all complement one another. Buying things piecemeal can lead to a situation where you either have a mismatched kitchen, or you feel obligated to buy pieces you don’t love just to make the match what you already purchased.
Select Items From a Catalog (or in a Showroom) Without Bringing a Sample Home
Catalog photography is practically a science. Everything is perfectly staged and perfectly lit to look as appealing as it possibly can. This is not to say that it won’t look appealing in your home, but it is to say that the lighting in your kitchen probably isn’t the same as the lighting in a professional photography studio.
It is not difficult at all to request samples of cabinetry, tile, flooring, marble, granite, glass or any other material that you intend to use in your kitchen. Bring these items home, and look at them in the space where they will live. You may think that the wood you chose for your kitchen floor will blend seamlessly into the dining room, but you really don’t want to find out that you were wrong as the floor is being laid.
Scrap Your Original Wants in Favor of Correcting Mistakes
You really wanted marble countertops, but looking at all of the different colors in your kitchen cabinets, your backsplash, and your floor, you now feel obligated to choose a quartz or granite that will tie some of those colors together.
If you didn’t go into this project wanting a granite countertop, why would you buy one now? This goes back to the original point of having a plan in place before you purchase anything. Don’t buy things just to try to make up for mistakes made earlier in the process.
Let Yourself Get Talked Out of the Things You Really Want
Here’s a newsflash: some of the designers or installers you speak to may have a bit of financial incentive to upsell you on certain products. You may walk into a showroom knowing exactly what you want, but walk out having purchased something completely different. Try very hard to stick to your guns. If you have already taken the time to plan out your perfect kitchen, don’t let somebody talk you out of it at the last second.
Go Ultra Trendy
Yes, getting a brand-new kitchen is a chance to update some very inefficient or antiquated aspects of your current setup, but going too trendy can cause its own problems. Definitely add some modern updates, but remember that timelessness is also important. A state-of-the-art kitchen built in 1985 will very much look like a 1985 kitchen forever, unless you pay to upgrade it again.
Just remember that no matter what, you are upgrading your kitchen for you, and nobody else. Go in with a plan, stick to your guns, and try to keep the changing design trends in mind. You will have a much better experience this way.
Niv Orlian is an online marketer and the Co-Founder of DO Online Marketing, a Chicago based company that helps local businesses such as Planet Cabinets, acquire, manage, and retain local customers online.