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Sidestep these common mistakes when revamping you cooking space

EXPERT: Industy experts from The Studio Collections, members of the African Institute for Interior Design Profession

Q: I am remodelling my kitchen. What are common mistakes to avoid? 

A: Form over function There’s a natural inclination to discuss the “look” first – glass or paint? Wood or quartz? Before you rush into the mood boards and begin plotting the look of your kitchen, think about your lifestyle and how you use your kitchen. Do you entertain? Do you cook yourself or does someone do it for you? Do you have young children who are going to scribble on everything? Are you a messy cook?

These considerations are important starting points because they will ensure your design is practical and certain features are given priority. 

Settling Don’t settle easily when it comes to finding the right kitchen company or interior designer. 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. 

Taking a short-term view It’s important to think about how the design you choose will age. It’s not always possible to predict, but a designer worth their salt should have a good idea of features that are trendy, versus those that are more timeless. We all want a certain element of trendiness in our homes, but make sure you don’t choose something you will come to regret in years to come.

Skimping Ensure you are getting the best work you can afford. Cutting corners or skimping will come back to haunt you. Peeling edging, discoloured materials and frustrating designs are the results 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.

◆ This year’s Kitchen Design Project by the Studio Collection at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from May 1 to 5 will give visitors a chance to view innovative designs in situ and interact with industry experts on the best kitchen solutions. 

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