Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Dos and Dont's of Kitchen Decorating

Decorating magazines can be a great source of inspiration, but they can often overlook the basics. The problem is that basics are a big deal to the first-timer decorator. Getting your kitchen perfect is no simple process, and we can’t take anything for granted. So in order to help, we’ve assembled the most essential dos and dont's of kitchen decorating.


• Invest in a high-quality worktop. It is essential to the aesthetic and for maximizing space.

• Allow for numerous electrical sockets. You can’t have too many unless they’re eyesores.

• Separate the refrigerator from the grill, oven and similar appliances as much as possible.

• Make space for a dishwasher.

• Place base cabinets at least 21” deep.

• Place cabinets above countertops at least 30” high and 12” deep with at least 60” of frontage.

• Make your walkways 42” wide and your passageways at least 36” wide.

• Hire a professional fitter to connect the gas.

• Hire a professional electrician to handle all wiring.

• Hire a professional plumber to set up the water supply, waste disposal and drainage.

Below are some great example of kitchen Do's

via Christopher Peacock

via Kitchenisms

via Pinterest

via Schibsted Forlag


• Overestimate cabinetry and cupboards; too much will make the kitchen seem smaller than necessary.

• Go with less than 144” of frontage for small kitchens or 186” for large kitchens (greater than 150 square feet).

• Allow for less than 15” clearance between counter and the bottom of wall cabinets; 18” is best.

• Carpet the kitchen. A kitchen floor will get wet, and it needs to be as hygienic as possible.

• Place a dishwasher farther than 36” away from a sink.

• Hang anything, including cabinets, over an oven or hob.

• Place an oven or hob directly beneath a window.

• Purchase elaborate window coverings. Simple blinds are the best choice.

• Underestimate storage needs. Any kitchen needs a combination of at least six drawers and cupboards.

• Account for less than 12” x 24” for each diner.

• Forget to place a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

This kitchen is a major don't...

via Ugly House Photos

These are some of the major decorating tips to look out for when revamping your kitchen. Happy decorating!

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Britt @ Dreamy Spaces said...

These are awesome tips for when I one day get to do my own kitchen!! Will be saving this away for a couple years but very good things to think about! Gorgeous kitchens! Love them all!

Anonymous said...

What do you mean by "frontage"? I have a very small and charming 1950's kitchen, and I plan to make some improvements soon so this post is very helpful. They either had smaller butts in the 50's or only one person was in the kitchen at any one time so I have to make the most of it by making it more efficient. Sincerely, Not Martha Stewart

Lynda says... said...

Smoke alarm in the kitchen will be going off all the time, also triggered by steam. Close to the kitchen, but not in it.

Design the kitchen you need, don't rely on kitchen designers who don't know how you cook and how your house functions. Just gutted kitchen this year and renovated it. What the designers "won on" didn't work for me.

P Courtney said...

Excellent ideas here, I love visiting sites like yours, they are a great source of inspiration when I'm designing new wall stencils for painting.
Many thanks, keep up the great work!

jja said...

"Carpet the kitchen. A kitchen floor will get wet, and it needs to be as hygienic as possible"

Since when is carpet hygienc? In a kitchen, yuck. Hygienic is something you can wash and srub. With hot water.
Ohter ideas are great.

Anonymous said...

jja, carpeting the kitchen is listed as a "DON'T".

Sylvia said...

Thanks for posting all of this very practical information. Could you please do a post on kitchen design dos and don'ts for a disabled accessible kitchen? The kitchens shown are lovely, but none of them would be practical for someone with a wheelchair.

Sarah Roads said...

This is a great list. Going to be saving this one for future reference. I think everyone wishes they would have done something different after designing a kitchen. These are great pro tips!

lisa said...

Oh dear - the don't list and kitchen represent every kitchen in every rented apartment I have ever lived in including the current one. One day in my own house I will apply all the do's....

Jon and Reans said...

Great tips. I don't know exactly what a hob is.

Millie Gilbert said...

Great tips. Beautiful kitchen.This is really helpful for me.


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