Tacky Kitchen Mistakes People Should Definitely Avoid
The kitchen is profoundly considered the heart of the entire home. A lot of sales in real estate are based on what the kitchen looks like, because, outside of the TV room, most of your time is spent there. So, if you own a house or even looking to rent out, check out these hacks and the most useful tips from the homemaker guru Joanna Gaines to avoid any kitchen mistakes!
Not every kitchen can be a modern masterpiece; we understand that. But certain kitchen sins exist in decor that you should always avoid or switch up to give the heart of the home a far more contemporary feel. Avoiding these sins might just go a long way in your favor and spruce up your place to make sure it isn't committing any one of these sins.
AVOIDING THE TACKY
These tacky choices aren't even every home owner's fault. Sometimes, taste in the world changes so rapidly it's often hard to keep up. Not every home can be on the cover of Architectural Digest. But, in some cases, there are changes you can make yourself as a homeowner, and, even as a renter, that won't tarnish your lease agreement with your loveless landlord.
OUT OF FASHION FAUX PAS
Sometimes, the tackiest of design choices is your own doing and you don't even know it. From your utensil holders to the coffee cup hooks, and even oven mitt designs, some choices are in your hands that might come off as tacky in today's age. So, take a closer look at some of the design faux pas that exists in many homes and see if you're a possible culprit yourself.
MULTI-COLOR PALETTE DESIGN
This approach is completely telling of the era that a kitchen was designed in. If you have it today, there's a good chance you're living in a completely new definition of an old age home. When there's too many cross-colors in your kitchen, or any sight of wallpaper, your best option is to strip it and recolor it in order to give your kitchen a far more updated look.
A little advice from Joanna, “We always keep the walls neutral when using a prominent darker cabinet color,” Bufton says. “More dramatic color combinations like this tend to lean more eclectic and modern in style and are a great way to embody a moody vibe in your kitchen.”
LACE AND CLOTH TOPS
Lace and cloth table tops are also no longer the in-thing anymore. Counters can be wiped and cleaned effectively as products to wash off and clear stains have become stronger and far more efficient. It's time to do away with them at this point. They were serviceable in their time, but now, they kind of date your kitchen and set it back some years in today's age.
Distressed cabinets may not necessarily be out of fashion if your entire home follows a vintage feel that complements the sentiment of the house. But, if it's only your kitchen that has this type of distressed finish, it may not be serving its aesthetic purpose as much as it used to.
Having the option of tiles or no tiles is one of those commodities that depends on your budget. The moment you have to discuss granite tops, slick finishes, or wood floors, some serious budgetary conversations need to take place.
However, if you do have tile in your kitchen, it might be a good time to consider remodeling. And, if you're renting out, it's good to consider options with far cleaner finishes to ensure you're in a wonderful and contemporary kitchen space.
Florescent light dawning over the kitchen isn't really the best design choice at the moment, and we can't really predict if they'll ever come back. With the inclusion of LED and dim lights as options, those pose the most convenient and stylish look that did away with the fluorescents some time ago.
White appliances have this neutralizing effect when it comes to designing and crafting your kitchen. They pop up and disrupt the aesthetic so negatively that it's not so easy to ignore. Every appliance needs to blend in to create a look, and having any white appliance or a strictly white appliance design doesn't lend itself to creating a desirable look for your kitchen.
Plastic utensils of any shape or size don't really serve any formidable purpose inside the house if you don't have any toddlers running around. But, having them as, key utensils for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, might not be the most modern decision to make for your kitchen.
Having a study may not be everyone's luxury, but there is always an argument that desks don't belong anywhere near the kitchen. The countertops should be purely reserved for kitchen paraphernalia in order not to be guilty of this old school design sin. There might be some value to repurposing this item, but it's better to leave it out of all your design if there's no place for it.
As a child, fake fruit aesthetics was one of the most frustrating and misleading design choices that were meant to liven up the kitchen for our parents and adults. It's why we have trust issues now, and it's a welcomed choice that they've been phased out of modern homes for some time now.
Pot racks have their place in design, but they aren't like silver fridges that tie every single place together. For the face-brick Brooklyn-style design, it might do fitting wonders. But a modern suburban home may not necessarily be able to pull off that same charm and aesthetic grit that suspended pots can bring to the table.
This may be more of a hipster design, but mason jars had their moment in time, and having them now might just look a little too out of touch or leave you looking like you're clamoring to make your kitchen more modern.
Dollies have the same negative and dated effect that clothes and linen have on the countertops. Dollies date your entire look back and cause a type of subtle clutter that can throw off a feng shui that you might be aiming to achieve. It's best to stay clear of any cloth to be safe in order to keep a contemporary design feel at all costs.
Backsplashes are an expanse of material that typically fills the gaps on a kitchen or bathroom wall between cabinets and a countertop, spanning the length of the countertop. If you're worried that a full backsplash would look too tacky, you can always try a short one. Granted, it will look just as tacky, but it's much easier to hide.
While the age of the wooden countertops is long gone, title countertops made a rise in prominence in many suburban homes. When granite and marble tops made their presence known, it was curtains for tile almost in an instant.
ALL WHITE KITCHEN
Along with all-white appliances, the all-white kitchen look neutralizes all design aesthetic ambitions that you might have. With white cabinets, floors, and appliances from corner to corner, there isn't much room for a diverse degree of color and design choices that naturally blend together. According to Gaines:
“White on white paint is super versatile because it acts as a backdrop for any décor style, including modern, industrial, traditional, etc."
And with the kitchen holding the potential as the messiest place in the entire house, this may not be a good choice if you're going for the pristine look.
Industrial kitchens are great for commercial purposes. But no one needs stainless steel to heat up a bowl of Easy Mac before sitting down for an easy meal. Designs like this, wood covered and pure steel, have a truly dated look that doesn't work for the contemporary design ear of fine soft finishes.
FARMER'S MARKET SIGNS
The signage trend in the kitchen is a style that went out of the window the moment kitchen designs and finishes became far more simplistic and stylish. In particular, the farmer's market signs which read fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, and milk simply don't work anywhere in a modern kitchen anymore.
The room reminders were something of a cute and quirky design that weren't put in place for design purposes and were put in place more for charm reasons that gave the home a personality. Hanging the word “EAT” on the wall is an insult to everyone, save children learning to read.
There's no room for your kitchen to necessarily look like a museum in this day and age. The marble look has its place and purpose, but, if you're renovating or refurbishing, it's best that you completely avoid the marble look that doesn't work for every design out there. Joanna says she favors concrete countertops for the "industrial look and feel."
The microwave is arguably the most innovative and necessary kitchen invention that brought a level of convenience like no other appliance. So, the microwave will always have a place in the kitchen. But, the microwave has no reason to be over the stove. Its proper place is on the curb in the garbage can.
With LED light far more prominent and aesthetically fitting in almost any kitchen, there's certainly no sense in having a chandelier hovering over your kitchen like this is the 1800 or the 1900s. Chandeliers are also a light fixture that works solely if the rest of the house is design to fit that look.
Tuscan kitchens don't really work for the current breed of kitchen designs. It has the unfortunate look and feel that replicates a wine cellar, and if that's not the look that you want throughout your kitchen, it's best to look at far finer kitchens with simpler finishes.
UNCOMFORTABLE DINING CHAIRS
Dining Chairs are meant to be ergonomically designed to fit every figure and to make sure they're comfortable whenever it's mealtime for anyone. Dinner is a great place to relax with family and friends and it needs to be enjoyed in chairs that aren't hard to sit in, or ones that cause serious discomfort.
Open shelving also has its place and design and certainly doesn't work for every single kitchen in every single home. That being said, it certainly had its time and place. However, the over-exposed look and feel in a kitchen may leave things feeling a tad untidy and make the space feel a little too clustered.
Linoleum flooring used to be a resilient flooring material, meaning that it compresses and yet bounces back when walked on, giving it a slight cushioning effect. But, it was far more convenient as a design choice, and should never make a comeback.
OPEN PLAN KITCHEN
Open-plan kitchens certainly have their pros and cons, and a lot of houses have benefitted from the free-flow design where the kitchen seamlessly moves between rooms. But, for real cooks, the last thing you want is smoke flying through the study and the dining room, or the noise from the oven/stove blocking out the tv's volume. It's better to have rooms separated.
French country design was best displayed in the opening scene of Inglourious Bastards. With so much wood panel vibes that clutter the kitchen, this design aesthetic choice doesn't belong anywhere and everywhere.
Other serious kitchen sins can be committed by renters and homeowners. Not everyone can change the fluorescent light issues, but if you do have things like mason jars hanging around, there are other changes you can make to your kitchen. Which one of these kitchen designs might you be guilty of? And which ones do you think you're pulling off regardless of what they are?